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UN says Sudan disbursed funds to pay membership fees

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February 6, 2013 (WASHINGTON) – The Sudanese government has recently made a payment to the United Nations to satisfy the delinquent dues which resulted in the suspension of the East African nation’s vote this month.

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Deputy spokesperson for the UN secretary-general Eduardo del Buey (UN Photo)

The UN disclosed this year that Sudan owes $1 million in arrears but to reinstate its voting rights it needs to pay only $347,879.

The deputy spokesperson for the UN secretary-general, Eduardo del Buey, told Sudan Tribune in an email that they have been informed that a payment has been received by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Sudan.

However, the money has not yet reached the UN headquarters, Del Buey said and as such he could not confirm the amount.

Sudan’s ambassador, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, said this month that because his country is unable to obtain or maintain a bank account in New York as a result of US sanctions, they make payments through the UN’s resident coordinator in Khartoum.

Khartoum’s foreign ministry blamed the loss of its voting rights on the finance ministry which ignored its requests for money to pay its UN obligations.

But an official at the finance ministry responded, saying they had other spending priorities.

The head of the Foreign Relations Committee at the Sudanese parliament, Mohamed al-Hassan al-Amin, labelled the UN’s move to bar Sudan from voting “politically motivated”.

His remarks drew rare criticism from the pro-government Sudan Vision newspaper which said in an editorial “it became phenomena for our politicians to resort to conspiracy theory and its pretext to justify their damaging failures”.

Sudan lost three-quarters of its oil production when South Sudan became independent in July 2011, worsening an economic crisis as oil was the government’s main source of revenue, providing the cash flow to fund food imports and other basic items.

Last summer, the government launched a package of tough austerity measures, including scaling back of fuel subsidies to close a fiscal gap, sparking short-lived protests.

The central bank has also devalued the Sudanese pound, which had been in freefall on the black market since the South’s secession.

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  • 7 February 2013 05:36, by Jalaby

    So what?!! This is like "Storm in a teacup"!!
    This report will add nothing and useless!!
    Better if Sudantribune" talks about the starvation in E. Equatoria that killed 10 people until now and all international medias are talking about right now!!!

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    • 7 February 2013 07:03, by Joseph Canada

      hahahah.. Jalaby, this is the topic you are really jumping to the keyboard and write so fast. by the way what is the agenda on the Islamic meeting in Egyp about? Training more terrorist? have you been promoted to the command yet?

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    • 7 February 2013 08:43, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Jalaby let us be on the topic do not jump,really Jalaby the sanction is doing Sudan very bad,even they can not access any account in UN HQ it’s a good news.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 8 February 2013 07:35, by jwok

      Jalaby or Jalabia
      I think this is enough justification to confirm that Sudan was rely on our oil
      Just only one year after we shut down our oil, you lost your voting right in UN ,
      For you information we will not allow our oil to pass through Sudan, as long as Sudan is ruling by those NCP criminals.
      Out of our fear that this money can be used against our brothers in Darfur and South Kardofan

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  • 7 February 2013 07:21, by Deng

    They sold stolen South sudan oil to pay their late fees to the UN. NCP is compose of a bunch of thieves.

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    • 7 February 2013 07:48, by Mohammed Ali 2

      Some people seem donnot understand what they read!Sudan had already paid this 300, 000 .But because Sudan can’t maintain a bank account in the US , they paid it to the UNDP " United Nation Development Program" office in Khartoum!We would have borrowed that from SS, if they have that amount of money!

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      • 7 February 2013 08:34, by Paul Ongee

        Yaki Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman,
        Haram Alek What do you make of these Statements?….“Sudan is unable to obtain or maintain a bank account in New York as a result of U.S. sanctions, NCP had other spending priorities, UN move to bar Sudan from voting was "politically motivated", it became phenomena for our politicians to resort to conspiracy theory and its pretext to justify their damaging failures"

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        • 7 February 2013 08:41, by Paul Ongee

          Be frank that Sudan is broke because there is no more oil to be stolen from South Sudan. It is not a sin to be honest. Iran provides military hardware and terrorist training eguipment but the little hard currency donated by friends will not even bridge the economic gap. Period. What else do think you can deceive the world?

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          • 7 February 2013 09:04, by Mohammed Ali 2

            Paul, Neur "UN says Sudan disbursed funds to pay membership fees" Dont you understand English!"they have been informed that a payment has been received by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Sudan." The money had been paid, so go and dream about something els or join the UN campagin to raise fund of $ 1.5 billions to feed your pple.This only 300,000 don’waste time on it!

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            • 8 February 2013 10:08, by aguotwany@live.com

              Mohammed or Jalaba, why your government cannot have an account in New York? dog you sons of terrorists . You did not have enough yet from terrorizing the world at large . Why are your government in khartoum broke? Your religion has dead end now idiot. Hell is next door for you . We will make sure punishment and lethal injection ready for you Mr.

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      • 7 February 2013 08:39, by Nuer Empire

        Mohamed Aliel2:Liar! Sudan did not pay anything to qualify for votes! Death to them.
        The Nuer Empire

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      • 7 February 2013 09:02, by mohamed mahgoub

        M.A2 I realy feel sorry for u ! Lool whatever u try hard to give excuses it won’t add up,but it is simple WE DON’T HAVE MONEY it hopeless,why to be smart like the others & shut up !

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        • 7 February 2013 09:47, by Mohammed Ali 2

          Mahjoub, if at all you understands English, I didn’t give any excuse.I just reapeated the heading of the article and the e-mail contents of the UN assistant secretary.These afe called facts, not excuses. I know you don’t have money in SS , you don’t need to tell me that. But,we in Sudan have enough money to pay for the UN.....con

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          • 7 February 2013 09:55, by Mohammed Ali 2

            Mahjoub or the so called,If you donnot want to join the UN camagin to raise $ 1.5 billions to feed your pple in SS,may I suggest you initiate your own campagin to call for repatriation of the stolen billions by the SPLA thieves from the poor starving & marginalized pple of SS.At least you could help Salva to get response from 75 theives to whom he sent letters.You cannot do that if you are a cowar

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            • 7 February 2013 10:25, by LL Reuben

              Mohammed ALi 2,
              How do you categorized a Sudanese criticisizing NIF as South Sudanese, itsn’t that amazing how you avert a legitimate constructive criticism and make it seemed like anybody who doesn’t warship the NIF like yourself is not from Sudan. You should stop accusing others of not being able to read English, that does work so far, better for you to come up with substantial argument.

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              • 7 February 2013 18:02, by Mohammed Ali 2

                Reubi, where is the constructive critisism? Denying the heading the obvious heading of the article? There no argument here , read heading of the article and you will feel you don’t to proceed. It is clear & obviou!

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            • 7 February 2013 11:19, by mohamed mahgoub

              M A2 I always keep saying actually its shameful to belong to acountry its president is a serial genocider & terrorist wanted by int. justice not to mention the corruption & other atrocities commited by the govnt in the name of Islam,but one doesnt has to choose as where had to be born ,so I’m not proud of that,do u think if I’m from SS & fixed all these problems onES u mentioned somehow , how i

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              • 7 February 2013 11:23, by mohamed mahgoub

                Con.how is gonna fix things in Sudan ,u need to tell me

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                • 7 February 2013 17:59, by Mohammed Ali 2

                  Mahjoub, that you leave to us who will never be ashamed to be Sudanese and very much PROUD to be Sudanese.No Sudanese will EVER say I am ashamed to be Sudanese NEVER.

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            • 7 February 2013 16:06, by zulu

              Folks. The UN was tired waiting for the member states like Sudan to pay its membership dues. Ergo, it was a long wait and UN took measures to punish them. What English has to be understood if any, by a South Sudanese? It was a shameful act for Sudan and the Sanctions have been in place for quite a while. Only when SS stopped the oil flow,Sudn got broke. Truth be told

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            • 7 February 2013 16:24, by P.K.M

              Ali
              It seems clear now that you’re one of those who missed billions from South Sudan oil. South Sudan doesn’t need to go anywhere to raise any money; are you delusional that South Sudanese people don’t have the billions of dollars that you use to enjoy? If you’re aware that there were stolen billions from South Sudan, what make you think we’ll go anywhere to begged for money?

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            • 7 February 2013 17:34, by P.K.M

              Ali
              These two statements don’t go together when you say “I know you don’t have money in SS, you don’t need to tell me that” and at the same time saying there are thieves who have stolen billions from South Sudan treasury! Which one is which? Do South Sudan has money or not? We deny you billions from South Sudan oil; is it painful? Absolutely no question about it!

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      • 7 February 2013 16:12, by P.K.M

        Mohammed Ali, that’s very funny! Here is what’s not witty; South Sudan had never been suspended from its voting right at the United Nation for not paying its dues on time. If you want to be comical, at least be responsible first and pay your bills on time and after that, you’ll seen reasonable when you try to be humorous.

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  • 8 February 2013 10:09, by hellonearth

    SUDAN IN BROKE PERIOD. HAHAHAHAHHAHAH

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  • 8 February 2013 21:00, by James Maker Akok

    People,
    LOL, North Sudan Government is fighting for Oil in Heglig, and Oil in Abyei but I don’t know will North Sudan Government do when Heglig, Abyei, Bahr Al Arab/Kiir River, Nahas Areas, Kingi, and others Areas gone to South Sudan.
    North Sudan, believe me what I said is happen all the times, like what UN did to you but you were not believe me in the time I told you UN will kick you out in UN.

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    • 8 February 2013 21:03, by James Maker Akok

      I mean; I don’t know what will ..............

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