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US, European nations seek to block Sudan’s chairmanship of UN session


February 15, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The United States along with some European nations are seeking to block Sudan’s chairmanship of a session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).

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Sudan was picked by the UNECOSOC president as a representative of the African bloc and was to serve along with Austria, Albania and Pakistan.

Sudan would be chairing a special session next July in Geneva for the promotion of humanitarian assistance which many governments find ironic given Khartoum’s record of restricting access to aid workers.

According to the ’Turtle Bay’ blog on Foreign Policy magazine, UNECOSOC president Nestor Osorio was supposed to announce the selection today but European governments had requested this be postponed while they seek to convince Sudan to abandon its quest for the job.

The UNECOSOC’s upcoming meeting in Geneva will be broken up into five segments, including a discussion on humanitarian aid.

Sudan has aggressively pursued the humanitarian aid post. Diplomats told ’Turtle Bay’ that Osorio and the other vice presidents are trying to convince Sudan to accept another less controversial assignment.

The United States ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, also spoke with Osorio this week to express Washington’s concerns about the selection of Sudan.

Following the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to charge Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir with war crimes, Khartoum ordered the expulsion of 13 international aid groups, saying they were working as spies.

Sudan has also prevented international aid workers access into the restive Sudanese regions of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, where conflict has displaced nearly 700,000 people and forced more than 200,000 to flee to Ethiopia and South Sudan.

“Clearly Sudan is trying to score points in the humanitarian field to try to show the world it cares about this when we know on the ground that their action runs contrary to that,” one UN diplomat told ’Turtle Bay’.

“Sudan is going to get something but we trust that there will be enough wisdom” to identify a less controversial assignment for Khartoum.

“Given all the criticisms of their humanitarian record why would they put such a visible target on their back?” asked another UN diplomat.

At the UNECOSOC organisational session today to prepare for the Geneva meeting, several delegations raised objections to Sudan’s chairmanship of the humanitarian affairs segment.

According to a press release on the meeting, Osorio announced that, since there appeared to be disagreement of the matter, he would postpone a final decision and begin consultations on the distribution of responsibilities as soon as possible to come to an agreed solution.

The US and Canada made their disapproval clear at the meeting, noting Sudan’s record in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

But other countries such as Cuba, Ethiopia, Venezuela, Egypt and Nigeria argued that Sudan is only serving as a representative of Africa and not in its national capacity.

France and Australia did not oppose Sudan’s election but said that the concerns of other states mean more consultations are required.

Sudan’s ambassador to the UN, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, said his country rejects the “wholly unfounded” allegations levelled by Canada and the US.

Osman said he hoped it was not an attempt to “turn this body into the United Nations] Security Council”.

Last year Sudan withdrew from consideration to the African seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) after similar pressure from Western countries and rights groups.


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  • 16 February 2013 06:01, by Mi diit

    UN can become and immoral sinful organisation if a country like Sudan can chair it. And it was even shame for Sudan to try to seek the chairmanship. Let it clean its own house first and stop its internal wars before it can even think of chairing and giving examples to other nations.

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    • 16 February 2013 06:31, by Panthou

      Midiit, do you know what U.N mean? It’s mean : if you’re strong, they say hold on! If you’re weak they say we’re working on your problem. You see that? Do you hear Ethiopian attacking an Eritrea now?

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    • 17 February 2013 19:44, by Paul Ongee

      Nesto Osorio,
      Put the money in your pocket and forget about making such announcement unless you have no idea about the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan, Blue Nile or Darfur and the intention of Sudan who is desperately looking for that job. If Sudan is to chair such UN session, will IDPs easily access humanitarian aid? Not just NO WAY but NEVER.

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  • 16 February 2013 06:25, by Observer

    Waits for the ranting and raving about this from the Sudan extremists who frequent this website.
    Will provide some amusement for the day.
    Will note that Sudant Tribune will not be called a liar on this one as it will agree with the extremists agenda on here.

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  • 16 February 2013 06:34, by kamal

    North Sudan must overthron bhasir government first then they will be Eligible to joint any international organization

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  • 16 February 2013 06:36, by master

    we will not allow spy (NGO) into our country
    full stop

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    • 16 February 2013 07:27, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      don’t proud, what have you understand in the news? Talk on what you have understood. Stupid
      listen to me UN and European union are saying to block sudan from being having a chair in organization

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      • 16 February 2013 07:45, by master

        my dog can understand better than you
        you read the lines only but i read between lines
        BAD LUCK

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        • 16 February 2013 18:53, by Panthou

          Stupid master, bear this in mind! Khartoum is the state of gangs foolish. NB you need more education in order to compete here. I never understood your words since, I don’t know if others does.
          Otherwise, write in Arabic.

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      • 16 February 2013 13:15, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

        Master I think u Just known how to read and write u don’t understand English like jalaby and 4just- ?
        please read it well dear.

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  • 16 February 2013 07:03, by mohamed mahgoub

    N S & likes this kind of things I was talking about when all ur problems whether I’m sudanese or not,human values don’t know borders my friends

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    • 16 February 2013 09:23, by Pure Nationalist

      Anything related to humanitarian does not need Sudan to lead it, they are denying their citizen access to asistence yet they claim to lead anything related to human services? This will teach them alot of lessons. Not only this position they can lose, but also others which need international aproval.

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  • 16 February 2013 20:29, by ViVa Sudan

    Look at those rupish insects talking its UNO & not Salva fake GOVT & Gay observer who are u & the reamining hopless lowless insects to decide or even to talk about the subject ??? plz save ya time to feed ur own ppl & let a lone the civilians of the world to talk & once again when we Sudanese ur Matsers talk u must listen Slaves dogs.

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    • 16 February 2013 22:05, by Observer

      Viva Sudan
      Please translate what you are saying as right now your comment makes no sense

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  • 17 February 2013 02:02, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Dear obsever, you are so right on that; these homeless cloned arabs doesn’t even know he is talking about. Viva Sudan, South is now bluring to your sight so keep on with your negative commences your are daydreaming. just worry about that humanliating way you got kicked out in UN seat ownership.

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  • 17 February 2013 08:54, by sammartin

    I do not understand the gesture of the United States and European countries, why do they do it?

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