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UN Says OCHA Has Asked to Aid Kordofan & Blue Nile Only Through Sudan

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 5 -- In Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, ostensibly a focus on many countries including the UN's host, humanitarian aid has yet to be delivered.

  On the eve of the UN Security Council receiving yet another briefing by envoy Haile Menkerios, Inner City Press on September 5 asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky:

Inner City Press: In Sudan, there is that tripartite agreement to deliver humanitarian aid to Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile; seems like it’s been delayed. And now, Sudan has said it’s absolutely opposed to delivering aid through South Sudan or by air. Since the United Nations is obviously involved in this and has been reporting on the needs there, what’s its response to that? How do they think the aid should be... is that a sufficient response by Sudan and what should be done?

Spokesperson Nesirky: I will check with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

  Some four hours later, the following answer arrived:

Subject: Your question on Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile
From: UN Spokesperson - Do Not Reply [at]
Date: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 4:53 PM
To: Matthew Russell Lee [at]

Regarding your question on humanitarian aid, OCHA says that it has requested the Government of Sudan to allow aid to go through Sudan itself to affected communities in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

  As with certain other recent UN answers, it is not entirely clear what this means. But given the question asked, it seems to mean that the UN has not even asked that aid be allowed in from South Sudan, where the UN has a large peacekeeping mission. Perhaps that is realistic. But if the UN doesn't even ask....

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