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In Darfur, UN Says Curfew in "Purview" of Authorities, Nothing on Bombing

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 7 -- In Darfur, the UN is spending $1 billion a year on a "peacekeeping" mission, but what is being accomplished? Friday Inner City Press asked UN spokesman Martin Nesirky about Darfur for the second day in a row, this time about reported aerial bombing from Antonov aircraft and fighting in West Darfur.

   Nesirky said he would check into it. But he did have an answer, to the question Inner City Press asked Thursday at the noon briefing and Security Council stakeout about the government's military rule and curfew in North Darfur.

  The UN's response is that imposing a curfew is in the purview of the authorities of North Darfur; the UN still keep patrolling. But when all of the residents of the Kassab IDP camp were chased out, the UN did nothing, and then said it was just an NGO camp, not the UN's job.

  So what is the UN accomplishing, or even trying to accomplish, with the more than $1 billion a year in global taxpayers' money it is spending in Darfur every year? Just departed lead envoy Ibrahim Gambari built a $600,000 house in the El Fasher camp. Who will occupy it next?

  A couple questions have been asked, and one answered, on these topics, here. Watch that (and this) site.

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