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UN accuse Sudan of intimidating Darfur peacekeepers

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November 23, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – A United Nations report released today accused the Sudanese government of breaching the status of force agreement with regard to the African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) by placing impediments on the movement of its peacekeepers in the war ravaged region.

An UNAMID peacekeeper patrols at the Abu Shouk refugee camp, near the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan (AP)The UN Secretary General said in the report that “freedom of movement continues to be a serious concern for UNAMID and many of the agencies in Darfur”.

“Since January 2009, there have been at least 42 incidents in which a UNAMID patrol was denied passage by a Government official, including incidents in which Government officials specifically threatened the safety of UNAMID staff and equipment”

Among the incidents recounted were preventing UNAMID staff from investigating clashes in areas that’s witnessed fighting as well as IDP camps.

The UNAMID flights have been the most problematic with more red tape imposed by Sudanese authorities and going as far as threatening to shoot them down “despite the clear right to patrol provided for in the Status of Forces Agreement”.

The UN chief also expressed concern over kidnappings and assault on international staff in Darfur saying it means that activities “of UNAMID and the agencies will continue to be a risky and dangerous undertaking”.

He urged all parties to “unconditionally” guarantee safety and security of all workers in Darfur.

The report content prompted an angry response from the ambassador to the UN Abdel-Mahmood Abdel-Haleem who told Reuters today that “with peace in sight” UNAMID “should plan for an exit strategy”.

“One big fact should be the focus of the report — that the war is over,” he told Reuters.

Top UNAMID officials said this year that the conflict in Darfur is a “low intensity” one, a description that Western diplomats have objected to.

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  • 24 November 2009 08:33, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    God be with UNAMID. Unless Bashir is arrested Darfur won’t be free.

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  • 24 November 2009 08:48, by Akuma

    Please United Nations is working with person who is on power.

    If United Nations defend on accusing Sudan government and procastinate to bring peace to Darfur People, then the situation will deteriorate and UNIMID will suffer until Darfur is control by Janiweed militias

    Dr. Akuma. Chicago USA

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  • 24 November 2009 10:32, by Njara Ndarago

    Whether Bashir like or don’t like it his days on this planet earth is numbered to a smallest extend. Darfur will later become a peaceful place on earth again because Bashir will die in prison at the Hague. That’s it

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    • 24 November 2009 16:04, by Mohammad100

      Dear all,

      Sudanese people are one of the most caring, understanding, highly cultured people of Africa. But lately, tinted by Darfur issues, even a true Sudanese does shy out when their country is associated with massacre, ...and the list goes on. I m not a Sudanese by nationality. I am a proud American citizen, but who was educated in South, and Northern part of the Sudan. High School at Loka, and U of Khartoum. For those who do not have an idea this prestigious African Nation , the present ways and manners familiarizing the country to the International community portrays the distorted image of Sudanese people.

      Basically and categorically, right is right, wrong is wrong. Two wrongs do not make one right. Saying that, the policy perused by Omar Bashir deadly wrong.

      Having above average understanding of the problems in Sudan, I still insist that Sudanese are good people, and can solve their problems without inviting others to do so for them. But if the marginalization policies of the Sudanese central governments towards it’s citizens is not altered for empowering the Sudanese citizens, continuing with an exploitative, non representative, and a government who’s promotion and protection is skewed for only one ethnicity/religion over the rest,this kind of practice will remain unacceptable at it’s best, and encourages division of the country at it’s worse. Let me put it in a plain language: Omaer Bashir gave the whole world a creepy reasons for the country’s division, and invitation of foreign forces to the Sudanese land.

      As for me, the solution for such kinds of problem with in a country is achievable only when all it’s citizens value and respect each other, listen to each other in African manners, agree to disagree, and work cohesively to reach a real solution. But trying to out smart each other, or ignoring each ones concerns are not a real road for reconciliations.

      After all reconciliations of people within one Nation have produced a remarkable fruits in Rwanda, and South Africa.

      May God help Sudan to be the other example for true reconciliation and end to marginalization.

      Asalaam Aleikum,

      Mohammad.

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