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Sudan says suspension of UN voting rights “politically motivated”

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February 3, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government is working to resolve the issue of outstanding financial obligations to the United Nations which led to the country losing its voting rights at the world body.

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Diplomatic sources told Sudan Tribune that Khartoum is working on coming up with the money and said they expect this to be completed within the week.

Sudan owes $1 million in arrears to the UN and needs to pay a minimum of $347,879 to reinstate its voting rights.

Article 19 of the UN charter 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”.

This is the second time that Sudan has had its voting rights suspended since 2012 over non-payment of its dues.

Initially the Sudanese ambassador at the United Nations, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, denied his government was behind on its dues to the UN and insisted that they are current up until 2013.

But the Sudanese foreign ministry’s Rahmatallah Osman said this week that the finance ministry did not respond positively to their request for funds to pay the UN.

Later Sudan’s UN envoy said that because Sudan is unable to obtain or maintain a bank account in New York the country convinced the UN to accept its payments through the UN’s resident coordinator in Khartoum.

He stressed that payments were being made, but there were logistical problems.

The head of the Foreign Relations Committee at the Sudanese parliament, Mohamed al-Hassan al-Amin, on Sunday downplayed the significance of the vote suspension, saying that it is temporary and that it was a result of negligence by some government agencies and a lack of liquidity in possession of the finance ministry.

Al-Amin said, however, that barring Sudan from voting as a result of the arrears is “not an innocent” move, adding it appeared to be “politically motivated”.

The ruling party figure went on to say that some countries are in the same situation as Sudan but were spared the vote suspension action.

Other countries sanctioned along with Sudan included Cape Verde, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Kyrgyzstan, Marshall Islands, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Vanuatu, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

An exception is allowed from the application of Article 19 if the member state can show that conditions beyond its control contributed to its inability to pay.

Last October, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution by which it decided that Central African Republic (CAR), The Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe and Somalia shall be permitted to vote in the assembly until the end of its 67th session.

Sudan has lost billions of dollars in oil receipts since the South gained independence in mid-2011, and is plagued by soaring prices and a weakening currency, with no economic solution in sight for the bankrupt nation.

Prior to partition, about three-quarters of crude production came from the South and accounted for more than 85% of Khartoum’s export earnings, which reached $7.5 billion in the first half of 2011, according to the World Bank.

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  • 4 February 2013 05:42, by hellonearth

    NO ITS JUST BECAUSE YOU DID NOT PAY YOUR DUES SO JUST SHUT UP AND PAY YOU BROKE THIEF.

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    • 4 February 2013 05:51, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Sudan decided 1 million U.S Dollar is huge and the goverment account is empty due to slid corruption.

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      • 4 February 2013 06:37, by Nibs

        Politically motivated! Even if president bashit rape your tiny rotten asshole,it will still be politically motivated.good thing is the entire population of Sudan is dumb fools.

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      • 4 February 2013 13:08, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Sudan why not to accept since you have no any means of getting enough dollars as by the time you are benefitting from the oil of South Sudan.And the remainding little dollar you have being bribing with Mr Thabo Mbeki AU mediator to Sudan -South Sudan talk.
        OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 4 February 2013 07:02, by Observer

    Are Vanuatu, Kyrgyzstan,Sierra Leone etc saying that their suspension of UN voting rights is politically motivated?
    NO. Only our lying, incompetent leaders could come up with that excuse.
    For once why not tell the truth- we dont have the money or it was used for other purposes- then you might win a little respect for telling the truth for once rather than inventing yet more conspiracy theories.

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  • 4 February 2013 09:55, by Al-mezan

    I want Jalaby, master, sudani ana and the likes to comment before I tell them what they do not know. If the money were paid, then Daffala- the NCP representative at the UN may have stolen the money, otherwise NCP DENIED BANKRUPCY IS REVEALED.

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  • 4 February 2013 10:19, by 4Justice

    Do you really really want to know where the money went? The arrears was spent on bribing Thabo Mbeki and his African Union traitors.

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  • 4 February 2013 13:18, by Turism

    Where will they go? if they refuse the votting of UN since they die for money, no where to get even huge amount this tome south sudan cant believe to provide you with services, be friend to UN otherwise to hell.

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  • 4 February 2013 17:17, by panchol

    Junubeen!
    It is good for South Sudan not to pump its oil through Land of thieves, Sudan would have stolen it so that they pay UN arrears. UN is not politically motivated but UN is watching your activities from day one until now.
    From Red Army of Kazuk... John Kau Maker.

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  • 4 February 2013 22:14, by James Maker Akok

    North Sudan Government,
    Your denying things is the problems that why UN kicked you out in human right vote, is not that only you have not money to UN. UN need respect somebody who admit his/her mistakes and say sorry give me a chance to clean mistakes.

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  • 4 February 2013 23:14, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

    TO: U.N let the Sudan stay out of U.N good. The country is full of criminals.

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    • 5 February 2013 07:46, by Joseph Canada

      For such lies by the Govt of Sudan like this, you don’t see Jalabi and his syndicates saying anything. They put their tails between their legs and run under the table. sudan is bankrupt!! you can’t vote hahaha.. man, you are nothing in the eyes of the UN!! No voice, not even a tissue to wipe elbow!!!..

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