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As Sudan Declares Martial Law in Darfur, UN No Comments, Staff on Strike

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 6 -- In Darfur, Sudan has declared martial law (or "military rule") -- what does the UN have to say about it? Nothing. It's Mission in Darfur did put out a press release, but it was an attempt to explain away a strike by its national staff over the value of their salaries plummeting due to current devaluation.

  Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky about the martial law and curfew, and about the national staff's strike, which they've said may spread to staff of all UN agencies in Sudan.

  Nesirky had nothing on martial law, but disputed that UNAMID has referred the salary question to UN headquarters in New York. He read from the press release:

"'I understand your concerns and I am committed to work hard with the UN Headquarters to look into these issues,' said Acting Joint Special Representative Aichatou Mindaoudou... All decisions on the salary and conditions of service in the United Nations are regulated by the Office of the Human Resources Management at UN Headquarters in New York."

  So, Inner City Press asked, what does OHRM say? What are its policies? Nesirky said it must be case by case. But what about the martial law? Watch this site.

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