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Sudan’s voting rights at the UN reinstated


February 22, 2013 (WASHINGTON) – The Sudanese government is again eligible to vote at the United Nations after being suspended for the accumulation of financial arrears.

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On Friday, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) removed Sudan from the list of countries that were sanctioned under Article 19 of the 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”.

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

Sudan’s ambassador to the UN, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, initially denied that his country was behind on payments, insisting they were current.

However, the foreign ministry in Sudan later acknowledged the country’s delinquent status, blaming the finance ministry over the suspension, which is the second since 2012.

An official at the finance ministry responding to the comments said they had other spending priorities and noted the country’s difficult economic situation. The two sides worked together to disburse the funds through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Sudan.

The deputy spokesperson for the UN secretary-general, Eduardo del Buey, told Sudan Tribune in an email earlier this month that they have been informed that a payment has been received by the UNDP office but has not yet reached the UN headquarters.

The head of the foreign relations committee in the Sudanese parliament, Mohamed al-Hassan al-Amin, said the UN’s move to bar Sudan from voting was “politically motivated”.

His remarks drew rare criticism from the pro-government Sudan Vision newspaper which said that “it became [a] 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 fuel subsidies to close a fiscal gap, sparking short-lived protests.


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  • 22 February 2013 19:28, by James Maker Akok

    North Sudan,
    LOL, never denying again for what UN telling you, UN is not like what you doing on South Sudan.

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    • 23 February 2013 05:35, by Mi diit

      So Sudan had difficulty to pay just half a million dollars of UN fee this year. Next year it will also fail to pay the fee. UN will always have headache with Sudan as its member state. This country doesn’t understand what UN means. Any way reinstate its lonely vote!

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      • 23 February 2013 07:06, by master

        your gang can pay for UN but can’t pay for your necessary needs in south sudan because they deems you as unhuman and just they uitlize you as war fuel
        DESTITUTE guy

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        • 23 February 2013 08:00, by George Bol

          Master, Jallaby, and North Sudanese are coward South Sudanese who praise enemy when they feel hot water but praise S.Sudan where there is abundance of food. Sorry for Congolese and Ugandan

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  • 23 February 2013 02:57, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Yea, but still, that was the only reinstatement fee. Pay that delinquency in full to proves that you are totally Zero dues. I dno’t think so since you were relying on South’s oil as the main sources of everything in the country, I still doubt how you are going to comes up with the total payment.

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    • 23 February 2013 06:06, by Snipper

      These are gangs costing UN billions of dollars every year through their refugees they knowingly displace and expect UN to bring aid to them. They should be arrested and hang and take people back to their homes to grow their crops.

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      • 23 February 2013 06:52, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

        Sudan is the first country who have more Refuge in the World, why sudan did not pay the money?
        UN no need to ask Sudan again for second time, No Artcle to take action for criminal country?

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  • 23 February 2013 05:25, by Snipper

    UN should check the paper validity of dollars paid otherwise it might be counterfeit dollars. Sudan is broke and it can do anything even if it mean a shame and disgust to the nation.

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  • 23 February 2013 09:09, by Paul Ongee

    China, the usual lender, bailed Sudan out of this predicament to avert national and international embarrassment of struggling to issue statements to the media—denying, lying, issuing conflicting diplomatic statements.This is the typical behavior of NCP-led government in Khartoum. Khartoum promised to pump more oil from our Panthou oil field to pay for the bailout later.

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  • 23 February 2013 10:22, by sudani ana

    You South Sudanese guys are really funny. You keep talking out of your arses like old women in a wedding while Sudan is spending billions of dollars on development every year.

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    • 23 February 2013 16:10, by Chol

      Sudani, the world most reasonable people will find it hard to believe your claim of Sudan spending billions of dollars easily annually and can’t afford to pay a little over $ 300,000 US dollars yearly to the UN! Oh, let me refresh your clogged memory; billions of dollars annually were when Sudan was pre-2011. Sudan is no longer Sudan you knew!

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    • 23 February 2013 17:25, by Observer

      Sudani Ana
      We may be spending billions but it is all borrowed money which means we have to pay it back.
      Already we have used most of our resources as loan collateral or have sold off our resources in order to get these loans.
      I assume you are aware that we now owe $41 billion on previous debts?
      The English have a saying that you should note. It is people in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones

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    • 23 February 2013 17:58, by Chol

      Sudani, if you guys listen to intellectual individuals like Observer; your nation would have a better chance of success. We in South Sudan don’t hate Sudanese; we only hate pathological liars! A lie to make you appear more successful when you’re actually not and a lie to cover an embarrassment will take you nowhere!

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