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In UNISFA Draft, Sudan Blames Juba on Visas, Claims It Prevails on Abyei, Others Disagree

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, November 15, updated -- With the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Abyei, UNISFA, set to expire on November 17, Sudan on November 13 wrote to the UN Security Concil saying its renewal resolution should not support or welcome the African Union Peace and Security Council's October 24 decision and Communique on the status of Abyei, since an extra six weeks had been given.

Inner City Press exclusively obtained and published Sudan's letter on its beta Google+ site, and asked, "one senses he US behind this and the visa proposed language -- will they agree to remove it?"

  The answer, according to Sudan, is that the US did agree to drop the support of the Abyei decision, switching it only to "recalling" the Communique in a final draft resolution which, under silence until 2:30 pm on Thursday, went "into blue" for adoption.

  Inner City Press has obtained and is publishing this draft, here.

Update: Others tell Inner City Press that "recalling" is enough, putting Sudan on notice that after the six weeks, an outcome could be imposed. We'll have more on this.

  On the above-reference visa issue, Sudan opposed a reference to "prejudice to nationality." Sudan said it does not discriminate by nationality in issuing visas to UN personnel. After publishing the letter, Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky if this is true.

  On November 14 the following came back: "On your question about Abyei, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations is not aware of any distinction of nationality in granting of visas by the Government of Sudan."

  Now, sources say talk in the Council was that South Sudan has blocked some visas for staff from "Arab and even some African" countries.

  With the US expending UN political capital, to say the least, on the Gaza issue, some might say it backed down to Sudan on the issue of Abyei. Since others don't speak, we will try to ask the principal. Watch this site.

Footnote: when Inner City Press asked about Abyei and visas on November 13, spokesman Nesirky said he would check - and then added that a UNISFA peacekeeper "succumbed to his injuries" -- that is, was killed -- in a protest by the Dinka in Abyei. It seemed to some that DPKO should have announced this, even before a question.

  Inner City Press put the question to DPKO chief Herve Ladsous as he left the Security Council on November 14: did a UN peacekeeper shoot and kill a national staff member in Abyei?

  Ladsous looked, but did not offer any answer at all. His predecessors Alain Le Roy and Jean-Marie Guehenno would always answer such a question, if only to say, as Nesirky did, that it's under investigation.

But this UN is in decline: Ladsous had said he won't answer any Press questions, even about killings by or of his peacekeepers, due to some "insulting innuendo." It's all actually quite factual (click here) -- and explaining DPKO's actions is part of Ladsous' job. Watch this site.

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