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After 5 Shells on Kadugli, No UN Comment on Civilian Casualties or Mandate

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 8 -- When the UN is asked by the Press about armed conflict and death on Southern Kordofan, its spokesperson routinely says the UN has no access and cannot confirm.

  But after up to five shells hits Kadulgi and Inner City Press asked about the effects and for any UN comment, spokesman Martin Nesirky replied that there were no reported injuries to UN staff. Video here, from Minute 2:07.

  What about civilians?

   Inner City Press asked, is it that the UNICEF, World Food Program and UNISFA personnel in Southern Kordofan are not allowed to confirm -- if not try to prevent -- deaths of civilians? It appears they take a different approach than they do in Syria and elsewhere.

   Nesirky replied that obviously there are parts of Southern Kordofan were the humanitarian needs are most acute where the UN has no access.

   Yes, those are the areas still unserved under the Tripartite Agreement. But what about Kadugli where the UN acknowledged having staff, even Department of Peacekeeping Operations personnel?

   What are these people's and DPKO's mandate? DPKO chief Herve Ladsous refuses to answer any Press questions -- ironically, due to questions about how he does, or doesn't do, his job.

    Also at Monday's noon briefing, Inner City Press asked about a report, on the Internet, of a public letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about DPKO's Congo mission not protecting civilians. Nesirky said he was not aware of the letter. Is DPKO? What is their and Ladsous' response? Watch this site.

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