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Sudan expels two senior aid officials from Darfur

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July 15, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese government today expelled two senior aid officials from the restive region amid speculations that it is connected to the genocide charges levelled this week by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

The spokesperson of the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM) Jean-Philippe Chauzy said in a statement that they have been by the Sudanese authorities that two of their staff members were asked to leave the country. He did not provide their names.

A relief source speaking to Agence France Presse (AFP) said that Khartoum handed Laura Palatini and Carla Martinez a letter on Wednesday ordering them to leave the country within 72 hours.

Martinez, a Spaniard, is the IOM’s director in the war-torn western region. Palatini, an Italian, head’s the organisation’s office in South Darfur state.
Sudan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Muawiya Khalid, said the agency’s employees had violated the conditions of the original agreement with the agency and were declared persona non-grata.

But the IOM spokesperson said they were not given an explanation to the reasons behind the decision but stressed that this development " will seriously impact on its capacity to continue its humanitarian work in Darfur".

"IOM’s programmes in Darfur include the transportation of all non-food items (NFIs) and assistance for United Nations agencies and NGOs providing humanitarian assistance to IDPs in Darfur. IOM took over the NFI common pipeline after CARE was expelled in March 2009".

CARE along with a dozen aid agencies were kicked out of Darfur after the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Bashir last year for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"IOM manages the database of aid beneficiaries for all organizations providing assistance in Darfur, particularly WFP, and is currently updating it to ensure a more accountable and properly targeted assistance programme in Darfur for the benefit of the aid beneficiaries, humanitarian organizations and donors working in Darfur".

"In Darfur, under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sudanese Government signed in 2004, IOM assesses and ensures that any return or relocation of displaced persons is both voluntary (i.e. without deception or coercion and is based on the provision of unbiased information) and appropriate (i.e. in dignity and safety, and with good chances of sustainability)".

In Paris, the leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur condemned the decision by Khartoum.

"This is to be expected by the Sudanese regime since the world has decided to turn a blind eye to the evil things they do and continue a policy of appeasement that only emboldened them" Al-Nur said.

"You cannot expect those who kill our people to care for their well being and ensuring that they receive the aid and support they need. They cannot let Khartoum control the relief process to the Darfuri people. A Chapter VII resolution must be adopted to transfer such powers to the U.N. to prevent the government from starving them and exposing them to hunger and disease" he added.

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  • 16 July 2010 06:02, by Peter Nhiany

    Sudan government has been well known for making inhuman decision because it is a government of killing its own citizen.

    At this critical time, Khartoum is not expected to be happy with anybody who supports genocide charges against Bashir.

    I and the public at large think that decision made by Khartoum at this moment whether it is good or bad will not reverse the ICC decision. Reversing those criminal charges against Bashir would a mere weekness from the ICC bodies.

    Expelling relief officials withoput proper explanation of their expulsion is not acceptable, and mut be investigated. Someone must be held accountable should something go wrong after the kicking out of the aide officials.

    May peace justice prevail regardless of Bashir’s reckless decisions, and continuous vicious behavior.

    Peter Nhiany.

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    • 16 July 2010 08:14, by Ayom

      Khartoum government beliefs that NGOs/UN Agencies are the great spy of their government but this is not true, this humanitarians Aids coming in to help those who are in need but not to spy. If the khartoum governt thinks that they are perfects, why do the need to expell aid workers out from Darfur?

      Ayom Ayom

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  • 16 July 2010 08:05, by DASODIKO

    Haaaaaaaaaa, even if you expel all western diplomats, you are going to ICC for sure more than anytime in the past. Being re-elected will never-ever stop legal procedures against the head of state still on power. The times where heads of states kill innocent people and declare publically on TV screens like you did with those officers in Ramadan is long overd dued.
    My grandfather use to repeat the following phrase: Dene Frandagas oto deing na sari duo kering Life if today is with you tomorrow with someone else. Haaaaaaa, Bashir It was with you for 25 years, tomorrow will be with the people of the margin for 100, 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 years Haaaaaaaaaaaaa funny. Bashir the only option you have is to commit suicide to die a hero.

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  • 16 July 2010 08:46, by telfajbago

    . The explicit massage Khartoum is sending to the world body through firing the active aid workers on the ground in Darfur is that, look if the ICC push me harder on the issue of accountability my immediate reaction will be depopulating Darfur from the NGOs which feed those genocide survivors. It’s really blackmailing in its ugliest form, but the question remains what the world body is doing when the ICC’s threats accelerate the base of genocide through starving to death the victims.

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    • 17 July 2010 10:23, by Paul Ongee

      Readers,

      Khartoum is addicted to expelling NGO’s Staff. The more ICC makes any move or comes closer the more NGOs staff operating in Darfur gets kicked out. Will that be a reasonable solution? Who will be the last persons to get kicked out of the country? The Islamic mentality in Khartoum. It will finally expel itself for no apparent reason too. Stay tuned.

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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