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Sudan pays $516K to regain UN voting rights

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February 25, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government has paid $516,085 to the United Nations to reinstate its voting rights after being suspended over the accumulation of financial arrears.

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

Deputy spokesperson for the secretary-general, Eduardo del Buey, confirmed the figure to Sudan Tribune on Monday after the funds were received at the UN’s headquarters in New York.

Sudan, which owes $1 million, needed to pay a minimum of $347,879 to regain its voting rights.

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday removed Sudan from the list of countries that were sanctioned for non-payment of their financial obligations.

It’s the second time that Sudan has had its voting rights suspended since 2012 for falling behind in its payments.

Under Article 19 of the UN charter “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”.

In comments made earlier this month, the head of the Foreign Relations Committee at the Sudanese parliament, Mohamed al-Hassan al-Amin, claimed the UN’s decision to bar Sudan from voting as a result of the arrears was “politically motivated”.

He said the issue was the result of negligence by some government agencies and a lack of liquidity in possession of the finance ministry.

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

However, the foreign ministry in Sudan later acknowledged the country’s delinquent status, saying the situation was a temporary problem.

Payment of the arrears presented not only an economic problem for the cash-strapped Sudanese government, but a logistical headache as well, with US sanctions preventing the country from obtaining or maintaining a bank account in New York.

The funds were later disbursed through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Sudan before being transferred to the agency’s US headquarters.

Other countries sanctioned earlier this year 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.

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  • 26 February 2013 06:08, by Bentiu Elite

    Nonsense , they are broke after finishing the oil money they stole from South Sudan. These votting right should not be given to thieves and criminals of SUDAN. They do not deserve !!!

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    • 26 February 2013 07:57, by Robot

      Daffa Al Haj,
      Cunning/funny man... or how will i call him!!!!!, i was watching him addressing the UN General Assembly while pocketing... i don’t know were the pride was in him when he was pocketing and talking like he owns the whole Sudan yet he was LYING!!!!!.

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  • 26 February 2013 17:33, by James Maker Akok

    To All,
    North Sudan Government need to be careful for what they doing to be smart liars to denying things and pretending themselves they are right.

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  • 27 February 2013 00:30, by Panthou

    Dear commentators, don’t worry! If Sudan don’t pay this 1/2 million before March 15, 2013. Then Sudan will lost her right again, SPLA is going back to (Hejlig) Panthou in April and shut everyshits down. Which will make Sudan more deadly black out completely with no money. This economic war is really fair for Sudan. Since president Kiir is now disengaged with NCP. Gud point Mr. President!

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