Sudan Joins UN, Machar Speaks of Darfur & Eritrea, Ban
Silent, No Q&A
July 14 -- South
Sudan was admitted to the UN on Thursday
morning in New York, its new flag raised on the pole of Mauritius
facing First Avenue.
Assembly, US Ambassador Susan Rice on behalf of the host country
quoted President Obama, that “after the darkness of war, there can
be a new day of peace and progress.” Her speech did not mention the
continued war in Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur in the
president Riek Machar in his speech spoke of these and of Darfur, and
called for peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and in Somalia. UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his trip to Juba last weekend
met with Eritrea's president Isaias Afewerki, and his office issued
this read out:
Secretary-General met with President Isaias Afewerki in Juba on 8
July 2011. The Secretary-General and President Afewerki discussed
peace and security issues in the region in particular the
independence of South Sudan, and they agreed to find another
opportunity to discuss the role of Eritrea and the complexities of
UN's read out of the meeting did not even mention Ethiopia or
Somalia. On July 11, Inner City Press
asked Ban's spokesman Martin
Nesirky about it:
Press: the Secretary-General met with the President of Eritrea. I
wanted to know if that was his first meeting with him. And also
the readout didn’t seem to make any reference to the widespread
allegations that Eritrea supports Al-Shabaab and is a destabilizing
factor in Somalia. Was this something that was discussed, or was not
in the readout, or not discussed at all?
Well, the readout speaks for itself, Matthew.
Press: Is that his first meeting with the President of Eritrea?
I’ll check, but on the other topic that you’ve
mentioned, I think the readout speaks for itself.
two days later this simple question had not been answered, in the
meantime several diplomats at the UN told Inner City Press that what
the read out speaks of is a diplomacy by Ban that is far too quiet.
Even South Sudan with all the work ahead of it is talking about peace
between Eritrea and Ethiopia, including in Somalia. How could the
Secretary General not even bring it up?
spoke at the
South Sudan festivities on Thursday morning, but unlike President of
the General Assembly Joseph Diess, Ban took no questions. (Nor did he
on July 12, when he came to the Security Council stakeout but left
without taking any questions.)
Press went to Thursday's noon briefing, after the South Sudan flag
raising and PGA Deiss' stakeout were over.
Sudan's PR with Ban in foreground,
Q&A not shown. (c) MRLee
waiting, but none of Ban's spokespeople ever appeared. Finally Inner
City Press was directed to an email of 10 am that day, that “Noon
immediately emailed Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky and his deputy
Farhan Haq, asking, “Could you say why there is no noon briefing
quarter of an
hour later, Haq replied, “We had explained to the press via the
intercom this morning: Because of the flag raising ceremony for the
Republic of South Sudan just before noon, there will be no noon
explain it: the Office of the Spokesperson has more than enough staff
to cover the flag raising ceremony -- which like Deiss' stakeout was
over before noon -- and the already determined admission of South
Sudan to the UN is hardly the only news of the day.
why did Ban not
take questions on July 12, not hold a stakeout like President of the
General Assembly Deiss on July 14, and cancel even the normal noon
briefing on July 14? Watch this site.
gave up its flag pole space because it happened to be right
in front of the GA, Inner City Press was told. Inside the General
Assembly, making an extra space for the Republic of South Sudan was
said to require one of the three Observers to not have a space.
Palestine and the Holy See continued to share; the EU was not in.
Camera space is going to be taken for extra states under the Capital
Master Plan, Inner City Press has been told. We'll be here.
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Touts South Sudan, UN Can't Act in Kordofan, Darfur
13 -- As South
was recommended for UN membership
by the Security Council on Wednesday, there were differing views on
the border fighting in Southern Kordofan and ongoing conflict in
Darfur in Western Sudan.
asked US Permanent Representative Susan Rice about the future of Blue
Nile and Southern Kordofan states, which she had mentioned in her
remarks inside the Council, and about Darfur, which she had not.
in Southern Kordofan, “the UN forces are now by necessity having to
withdraw, their ability to act and implement their prior mandate no
with the UN's responses to Inner City Press for two days
its predominantly Egyptian peacekeepers in Southern Kordofan cannot
patrol or use force.
peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy,
when Inner City Press asked him later on Wednesday, added that if the
peacekeepers see someone being killed, they will react as
humanitarians. See video here.
Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, for his part, after saying
that North and South Sudan
are two houses with a single extended though perhaps divorced family
in them, told Inner City Press that the UNMIS mandate is over and the
peacekeepers must leave. Video here.
Khartoum would never block
humanitarian access, even as one of his ministers threatens to halt
the operations of NGOs in South Kordofan and Darfur.
in the Council speeches by the United Kingdom and Portugal,
for example, but not by the US. Asked about this omission, Ambassador
are very much still focused on the crisis in Darfur. It's the subject
of deep concern to the United States, to President Obama, and all in
our government. We have not let up in our focus and attention, even
as we have worked very hard to support the independence of South
Sudan and successful implementation of the CPA. We will have ample
time this month in the Council to give the attention that is
necessary, and that will remain sustained attention to Darfur, as we
renew the UNAMID mandate.”
the US urging the rebel movements in Darfur to sign a
peace “agreement” that most of the groups, from the Justice and
Equality Movement to the SLA faction of Abdel Wahid al Nur, have
rejected. We will have more on this.
Riek Machar in UNSC July 13, Susan Rice at right,
Darfur not shown
Ibrahim remains trapped in Tripoli despite requests that
the UN help to get him out, Abdel Wahid al Nur is in France, which
sent to speak in the Council its new minister for French citizens
overseas, the retired judo champion David Douillet, who spoke
apparently only to the French media and not at the stakeout.
Republic of South Sudan's vice president Riek Machar came out to
speak, and when Inner City Press asked him about this government's
relations with SPLM-North in Southern Kordofan, he replied mostly
about Abyei and the requirement for a referendum there. Video here.
steps is the arrival of Ethiopian peacekeepers -- without a human
rights monitoring mechanism -- who will begin arriving, according to
Le Roy, on July 20 via El Obeid.
history, to put it mildly, between Machar and John Garang,
called the father of South Sudan, Inner City Press asked Machar how
he thought Garang would view the developments.
Machar said, citing a Garang statement quoted in South Africa's
speech to the Council. And then he and his large delegation were
gone, waiting for UN General Assembly admission on July 14. We'll be
Mission's transcript of Ambassador Rice's stakeout:
On Sudan, you said in your statement that, "the
Government of Sudan has wavered in its commitment to this June 28th
agreement about South Kordofan." It seems like they've actually
kind of totally broken it. They've said that they don't stand behind
it. What's your understanding of where it stands? What can the UN
peacekeepers that are there do even pending an agreement? And also
Darfur, which I didn't see mentioned -- what does today's development
in South Sudan mean for the people in Darfur? Is there a loss of
focus? What are the implications for the conflict in Darfur?
of all, with respect to Southern Kordofan, the Government
of Sudan did sign an agreement. And it would be most unfortunate if
they formally reneged on that agreement. We've been concerned to see
that senior leaders in Khartoum have expressed reservations and
concerns about that agreement. It was an important step, and our
view is that it ought to be respected and followed by an immediate
agreement on a cessation of hostilities. I also mentioned in my
statement the United States' deep regret that the Government of Sudan
has compelled the withdrawal of UNMIS forces from the North, and this
will have significant implications for the protection of civilians
and humanitarian access in Southern Kordofan. As the UN forces are
now by necessity having to withdraw, their ability to act and
implement their prior mandate no longer pertains. And they are in the
mode of withdrawal so they are not going to-unless the government of
Sudan changes its mind-have the ability to do what we think is very
important for them to do.
Darfur, we are very much still focused on the crisis in
Darfur. It's the subject of deep concern to the United States, to
President Obama, and all in our government. We have not let up in our
focus and attention, even as we have worked very hard to support the
independence of South Sudan and successful implementation of the CPA.
We will have ample time this month in the Council to give the
attention that is necessary, and that will remain sustained attention
to Darfur, as we renew the UNAMID mandate. And certainly, our efforts
on behalf of the people of Darfur continue.
see. Watch this site.