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Four Peacekeepers Killed in Darfur, UNSC Yet to Speak, Ladsous Double Standards

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 14, updated -- Four UN peacekeepers have been killed since Friday in two separate attacks in Darfur, and as of Monday morning the UN Security Council has not issued even its standard press statement - why not?

  Imagine for moment that four, even one, UN individual were killed in Syria as part of the chemical weapons mission with the OPCW. How fast would the Council issue a statement denouncing it? Would it wait from Friday until Monday and counting? It seems unlikely.

  So is death of peacekeepers in Africa, in these instances one from Zambia then three from Senegal, simply more accepted? Does UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous treat all such incidents equally and impartially?

  In the same time frame in Eastern Congo, not only Ladsous' envoy in Kinshasa Martin Kobler but then Dublin-based Mary Robinson put out statement condemning the firing at -- without hitting -- a MONUSCO helicopter. They said it was from territory held by the M23 rebels.

Meanwhile the deadly attacks in Darfur are attributed to no group; no group is accused. Ladsous met with Sudan's Omar al Bashir in July and has yet to answer what was accomplished.

Ladson refuses to answer Press questions about mass rape by his partners in the Congolese Army (click here video compilation and here for UK coverage).
 Ladsous refused to answer and then the UN mis-represented whether his DPKO screens peacekeepers for cholera, after its introduction to Haiti killed 8,300 people and counting.

But what about these four peacekeepers now killed in Darfur, after the eight killed in July? Watch this site.

Update: on October 14, ICP learned of "silence" on a draft press statement until 1 pm, asked; past 2 pm this (boilerplate) came out:

Subject: UN Security Council Press Statement on attacks on UNAMID
From: UN Spokesperson - Do Not Reply [at]
Date: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Security Council Press Statement on attacks on UNAMID

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack by unidentified armed assailants on an African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) military observer in El Fasher, North Darfur, on 11 October, in which a Zambian military observer was killed, and the attack by unidentified armed assailants on a UNAMID convoy near El Geneina, West Darfur, on 13 October, in which three Senegalese peacekeepers were killed and one was wounded.

The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the military observer and peacekeepers killed in the attacks, as well as to the Governments of Zambia and of the Republic of Senegal, and to UNAMID. They called on the Government of Sudan swiftly to investigate the incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for UNAMID and called on all parties in Darfur to cooperate fully with the mission.


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