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UN chief ’expresses support’ to president Bashir – Sudan state media

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December 6, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon phoned Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir to convey to him the nomination of the Nigerian diplomat Ibrahim Gambari as head of the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Sudan official news agency reported today.

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Getty Images)

Bashir was quoted by SUNA as approving of Gambari and instructing all government agencies to cooperate with Gambari and facilitating his mission noting that the Nigerian figure enjoys deep and comprehensive knowledge of Sudan.

This is believed to be the first contact between the two men since Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes in Darfur last March.

Last year it was reported that UN legal advisers called on Ban to distance himself from the Sudanese president in light of the arrest warrant issued for him.

SUNA said than Ban and Bashir discussed deployment of UNAMID as well as security and humanitarian situation in Darfur. The Sudanese president informed him of growing trend of voluntary repatriation that contributed to a return to normality in Darfur.

The UN Secretary General emphasized his support to president Bashir and “unrelenting backing” to him and Sudan to push the peace efforts, SUNA said, and also thanked him for securing the release of the two aid workers kidnapped last August.

Ban also voiced regret over the attack that killed five Rwandan peacekeepers in Darfur this weekend and Bashir assured him that his government is working diligently to arrest the attackers.

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  • 7 December 2009 05:49, by johnmaker

    Ban ki Moon should not be vunerable to a Bashir.That so called Bashir is a war crimed idiot, who nothing but killing innocent people in Durfur.Ban ki Moon should support presector Judge Luis to quick up and arrest that animal as soon as posible.Instead asking him of another thing.He will never hand over those who killed RwAndian people since such games is his logo.Arrest him is the only solution to the people of sudan as whole not only to durfurian,but also to the all marginalised area in sudan.Thank you all for supporting Judge Luis.

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    • 7 December 2009 06:05, by Majang

      yes Ban Ki Moon mustn`t be too slow in dealing with this so called Criminal Bashir.this Arab Killers don`t have mecy on innocent people of Dufor and stop killing African peacekeppers in the Region.this Arab will learn not unlesss,they can be replace, killed just like they do to Durfor and Southerners.then they can axcept peace in the Counrty.

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    • 7 December 2009 06:07, by junub

      Johnmaker,

      I DOUBT IF THIS MAN CAN SEE.

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      • 7 December 2009 06:13, by johnmaker

        You are making me laugh Mr Junub.According to your press I think you meant Mr. Ban Ki Moon the way his eyes are mounted on his eyes socket.He look like he has an surgery.HAAhaa oh by you are funny.

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      • 7 December 2009 06:13, by Aduol Liet

        The failure of the world super-powers is remain to be seen. U.N. Must take responsibility for being a failure United Nation special the Sudan problems in Africa.

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    • 7 December 2009 06:25, by Oduko

      Our beloved president must not face so called "interest injustice court" am not supporting SAF on killings Durfure citizens but am standing behind my president because Al bashiir didn’t order militian to killed Darfure civilians !! it Darfure themself who cause our national army to shoot on them, just imagine if you Soldeir and see civilian try to kill you what can you do ?? Well the right answer is to protect your self,, This similer to what SPLM did to Nuer poeple in 1991 but garang didn’t discribe as a donocide !! it what I called luck of respect, listening,laws and order who kill people of Durfure and Southerners if you respect the laws and orders from your goverment I thing non of you die trust me..

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      • 7 December 2009 08:50, by Chuanga-enoor.

        hahahahaa Oduko is an Arab he is not a South sudanese look at his statement it sounds like arabic speaking. this are arab planted on this website to create hatred among southern sudanese.

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      • 7 December 2009 16:43, by funny of Sudan

        Good that great if your president did not ordered the killing of darfurian than let him go and clear himself in the court if he knows like you knows that your fucken president is not guilty

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  • 7 December 2009 10:09, by Akuma

    Ban ki-moon is the one worsening Darfur situation because he fail to put support to UNMID operating in Darfur.
    How can the protect if they are lacking enough equipments meanwhile Sudanese government always funding their micro-militias of JAnjiweed to attacks furis.
    Darfur is a warring field because are fearing Bashir, and United Nationals is international organisation that veto what Bashir say.

    Darfur situations is not ready to be solved by UN if Banki-moon consider United Nations poliicies to be South Korea and Sudan alone rather than intenationally.

    Dr. Akuma, Chicago USA

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  • 7 December 2009 12:06, by alidrisy

    Again corrupt Nigerian head of UNMID sad and regretable

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