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Sudan’s envoy contradicts foreign ministry on cause of UN financial arrears

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February 1, 2013 (WASHINGTON) – The Sudanese ambassador at the United Nations Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman contradicted the justification offered by the foreign ministry in Khartoum to explain why the country is behind on its membership dues.

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Permanent Representative of Sudan to the UN, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman (UN Photo)

Sudan’s voting rights at the UN were suspended in accordance with article 19 of the UN charter which states that "a member State in arrears in the payment of its dues in an amount that equals or exceeds the contributions due for two preceding years can lose its vote in the General Assembly".

The East African nation is reported to owe close to $1 million in UN fees but to reinstate its voting rights only needs to pay $347,879.

The Undersecretary of the Sudanese foreign ministry Rahmatallah Osman told the privately owned al-Sudani newspaper this week that the finance ministry did not respond positively to their request for funds to pay the UN.

An unidentified finance ministry official told the newspaper that they had other spending priorities.

But Sudan’s envoy in New York said the situation was simply a result of "logistical" obstacles and that money was available.

In an interview with Innercitypress Osman said that because Sudan is unable to obtain or maintain a bank account in New York the country convinced the UN to accept payments through the UN Resident Coordinator in Khartoum.

The Sudanese diplomat said the payments were being made but there were logistical problems.

When the issue of financial arrears emerged earlier this month, Osman said Sudan is current on its dues to the UN and is preparing to pay the its portion of the 2013 UN budget.

Sudan is battling its biggest economic crisis for decades as it struggles with a severe shortage of hard currency following the loss of three quarters of its oil production due to South Sudan’s independence in 2011.

Oil revenues were the main source of revenue for Sudan’s budget and for foreign currency needed to pay for vital imports including food and medicine.

More than one year ago the Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti criticized the finance ministry saying that it has restricted his spending and made his job more difficult.

Sudan cut back fuel subsidies and took other austerity measures last summer to try to plug a budget deficit. The move led to a series of small anti-government demonstrations, but they mostly petered out after a security crackdown.

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  • 1 February 2013 19:43, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

    Blaming the ministry of finance! Where is the government then? I thought ministry of finance is the part of the government. No payment was made, don’t just keeps lying. Make the payment now then! Otherwise you’re out for good.
    Ito, where is the country that you? I need your answer. Please don’t hide!

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    • 1 February 2013 23:49, by P.K.M

      The amount to restore Sudan voting right is not even $ 1 million, it’s just $ 347,879. It’s ashamed and embarrassing that still, Sudan, the entire country, can’t cut a check to the UN to pay it dues for its priceless right of which every country in the world is so proud of?! The whole world knows now that Sudan is the cheapest/low-life country in the world! How sad!

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    • 2 February 2013 00:11, by PT92
      The states of chaos is muddling in Sudan, they are blaming everyone for their messes including the dead. E.g. South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Israel, Chad, Libya, US, Egypt and all the other Westerners countries and the funny thing is, they don’t themselves once of their own deed. Sadly enough!

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      • 3 February 2013 03:31, by Tiger

        Quranic scriptures are bases on lies,nothing in it that preach the truth about God,so who has to blames when these people always fill up their tongues with different kind of lies,i say that Sudan does not deserves by any mean to be a member in the UNSC in the first place,although west had been allowing them for their own interests.

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    • 2 February 2013 03:49, by zulu

      We need to sing a lullaby to the NCP. A confused child, not knowing where to pee neither what to drink.

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  • 1 February 2013 19:58, by Peacocktail

    What is the Sudan representative talking about! I don’t understand, Payment delay due to Logistical issue?? who he get money to feed himself and paying the staff in his office in New York? or does he means He is a Refugee in NY and being fed by Goodwill people... Sudan with alot of jokes. Sudanese leaders are liars,do they have School of lying in Khartuom. they failed to pay UN and due to corrupti

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    • 1 February 2013 20:07, by Peacocktail

      Sudan representative is soon not to be recognize as legitimate representative due to Payment delay. Daffa Allaha admit today He is a Refugee in NY and being fed by US Government to survive. He will soon defect to NEW DAWN Charter of SRF for recognition and survival.Sudan left him alone and contined to lie to Public, I believe there is no Government in Khartuom from today.SRF must take over power

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    • 1 February 2013 21:03, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      Peacocktail, this Guy is confused. Paying the bill has nothing to do logistic. He also mentioned the money were paid. If they were paid n why the membership is canceled?

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  • 2 February 2013 00:29, by Kenyang

    Some one puts it correctly that Khartoum lies and denials end within Sudan’s borders. Now, allow the fanatics to fight over their own vomits...

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  • 2 February 2013 07:32, by Young Patriot

    Sudan cannot afford to pay its bills without S.Sudan oil flowing.
    Where is Jalaba, Northern Sudan, Master and other NCP surrogates to tell us why?

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    • 2 February 2013 07:50, by Rezingving monynok

      they are confused a lot ,
      where are the crabs jalaby, Northern , viva , sons of donkeys (AWLAD Amira) Sudan need to accept that it was depending on South Sudan resources , stop illusions , thieves ,

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  • 2 February 2013 07:46, by Yunis Bustro

    lol! That’s funny

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    • 2 February 2013 08:10, by Robot

      SUDAN,
      Today is a different story and tomorrow is another one.... Daffa, if you keep repeating saying logistical problem, do you want to freight the money by air, road, rail, water name them.. i was seeing Daffa pocketing and trying shamelessly to label accusation on South Sudan during the UN Summit saying SS shot a UN chopper n nothing was done, it was so bcause it was yours not UN’s.

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  • 2 February 2013 09:21, by jwok

    you guys you’re contradicts yourselves
    this approved that sudan government are criminals and liars
    very funny government

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  • 2 February 2013 10:42, by New Government

    you means it’s AU to favor you. no that is UN, is full of action your membership had been suspended up to hail.
    you can only joke with African leaders.

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  • 2 February 2013 12:55, by panchol

    Mr. Sudanese UN representative..
    Leave the UN compound without any delay, your government is accuses of Theft, corruption, terror, genocide, liers and the list goes like that.

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  • 2 February 2013 22:11, by hard liner

    Oil revenues were the main source of revenue for Sudan’s budget and for foreign currency needed to pay for vital imports including food and medicine.
    More than one year ago the Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti criticized the finance ministry saying that it has restricted his spending and made his job more difficult.
    Who are hungry between sudan and south sudan??? Lets see whats up tomorrow!

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  • 2 February 2013 22:14, by hard liner

    Sudan cut back fuel subsidies and took other austerity measures last summer to try to plug a budget deficit. The move led to a series of small anti-government demonstrations, but they mostly petered out after a security crackdown.
    Is that the end of Sudan???

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  • 3 February 2013 00:21, by maxime56

    I totally agree with the analysis of Daffa-Alla Ali Osman Elhag and I fully support.
    Mode grande taille

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