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For Sudan at UN, 3 Strikes, of Mbeki, Menkerios and Abyei, Ladsous Stonewall

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 13 -- The place of Sudan on the UN Security Council's agenda is sometimes described as too prominent. But when the chips are down, Sudan can disappear. Weeks after a failure to agree on the disputed area of Abyei, UN official Haile Menkerios has yet to brief the Security Council.

  A video briefing by Thabo Mbeki which has been scheduled for November 12 was unceremoniously canceled. And an adoption of a resolution on Abyei, which had been scheduled for November 13, is no longer on the agenda.

  On this last Inner City Press can report that Sudan's delegation entered the Council on Monday during the Timor Leste session. They delivered a letter about Abyei, Inner City Press learned exclusively covering a Monday evening "experts" consultation on the Abyei mission UNISFA.

  Back during the General Debate in September, Inner City Press asked chief UN Peacekeeper Herve Ladsous "what is the UN's role in Abyei?" Ladsous refused to offer any answer then -- or since.

  So the UN official ostensibly in New York won't answer, the UN's traveling envoy Haile Menkerios hasn't briefed the UN in weeks -- after the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions recommended that he move to the region -- and Thabo Mbeki got canceled, or "re-scheduled." So it is with Sudan and the UN, at least for now. Watch this site.

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