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Queen Noor of Jordan says Darfur crisis an ‘obscenity’

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April 1, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – The humanitarian situation resulting from the six years conflict in Darfur is an “obscenity”, the widow of the late Jordanian King Hussein said on Tuesday.

Jordan’s Queen Noor (Reuters)

“Darfur is an obscenity. The sources of that conflict are very complex but what has happened, is happening to people on the ground is absolutely unacceptable by any norms” Queen Noor said in an interview with CNN.

Asked about support by Arab leaders at the annual summit in Qatar this week, Queen Noor said that “is a reflection of Arab concern over double standards”.

“Were there not so many cases where western pressure brought to bear on Arabs but Israel for example, disproportionate killings of civilians in Gaza during the recent [assault] and also in Lebanon in 2006 during the crisis there” she said.

“If those cases had not taken place with relatively without little western outcry you would find a very different attitude I think towards what is taking place in Sudan” Queen Noor added.

Arab leaders in Doha united firmly behind Sudan’s leader against the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) last month for his alleged role in Darfur war crimes.

The Arab League resolution rejected the warrant and called on the court to annul it and urged its members not to cooperate with it.

The US-born Queen said “it is perverse what is taking place [support to Bashir]” but argued that it is a result of the perception of double standards in the region.

“Arabs see the United States which is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court holding Bashir responsible but turning a blind eye to gross human right violations in the occupied territories [Gaza and West Bank” she added.

Many people in the Middle East decry what they perceive as double standards in international justice where alleged war crimes by Israel against Lebanese or Palestinians, or by the United States in Iraq, go unpunished.

Jordan is one of the three Arab states who have ratified the ICC’s Rome Statute and its officials have said they will fulfill their obligations under the treaty despite endorsing the resolution this week.

During his speech at the Arab League summit, Jordan’s King Abdullah said that it is necessary to deal with the ICC “with the utmost sense of awareness and responsibility to ensure Sudan’s security, unity, independence and sovereignty”.

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  • 2 April 2009 12:05, by DAVID N.

    You better going back to Western Europe by your own origin or go to Lebanon.
    Just because married to a Arab, it won’t mean you are the voice of Arab Nationals.
    Don’t be confused!

    • 2 April 2009 14:45, by Garang Arok

      Queen Noor is concerned about the horrible democracy of murder being practiced by bashir.She is more of life-saving unlike arab league that needs nothing else but defending the criminal just to finish the few surviving Darfurians.

      • 3 April 2009 10:58, by Joseph Dut Gak

        Dear Queen
        you have that killing which happening in Darfur is the same death,people have thinks of life which has got no spares .

        The world should know that ,this is not the matter of western countries or the religious matters,and should not be confused with international business of politician’s issues
        Take care be the queen and mother only ,it in arab culture woman like u have know her roles in the community.

        Dut Gak
        Southern Sudan.

  • 2 April 2009 17:19, by Kuanlualthoun

    Queen Noor or Queen bee, what is her accual name before she was given that Arab or Muslim name??? she is a sell out herself, thus she deserves not to talk about Sudanese issues!! them, Jordanians are not good people, they don’t wellcome Sudanese, Iraqi are better than them! I used to be in the country, they are not friendly at all, they are westernized!!!!

    • 3 April 2009 02:43, by Mr. Moto Moto

      I had the opportunity of reading your commentries over the past few weeks on issues relating the political situation in Sudan and I must say I find your conviction and stand on certain critical issues quite shaky and unpredictable. One day you were calling the Israeli operation in Gaza genocide and seems to take offence with those South Sudanese who are calling for Beshir to own up to crimes in Darfur and the next time Jordanians are bad and Iraqis good. Was Saddam Hussien not the same guy who was arming Beshir to commit scource earth policy in south Sudan. Do you have any idea of a place between Juba and Yei called Jebel Iraq where Iraqi terrorists brought by Beshir were taught life time lessons by SPLA during operation Thunder bolt in 1997. It is the nature of the guys in Arab world to be double standard when dealing with black guys. Therefore, regardless of whether they are Iraqis, Jordanians or Egyptians, these guys are just the same. Therefore, we should be prepared to chat our own destiny with or without Beshir. Infact if the arabs decide to become crafty because Beshir is drag to court, then that is even better the south can declare a unilateral independence.

      • 3 April 2009 13:34, by Kuanlualthoun

        Mr. Moto!!

        I got you! there were alot of romours saying that former Iraqi regime used to support Sudan militarily, it might be correct or wrong, but what has that to do with the postwar era? didn’t we decide to leave those nightmares behind us and look a head to the future of our people and the country! Sudan is an African country, we, the Africans of Sudan are the majority, so why are we seeking for the division of our Country with our Arab minority group???????????????

  • 3 April 2009 14:02, by Othogomoi

    poor queen Noor, you don`t even have that feeling of humanity.am sure that spirit of killing has possess you too.
    fear God who created human being,you are lost.
    may God have mercy on you.
    you say what you don`t know,becuase you eye is covered,one day you will know when they turn on you.



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