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UN chief says no meetings with Sudan president unless necessary, opposes elections delay

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March 25, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he will not hold talks with Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir during the Arab League summit in Libya stressing that he would meet him only under limited circumstances.

The ICC indicted Bashir last year on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, but stopped short of including a charge of genocide. The United Nations says as many as 300,000 people have been killed since conflict erupted in Darfur in 2003, although Sudan rejects that figure.

"The court charged him [Bashir] with crimes against humanity, therefore I must respect the ICC decision. My role is to preserve justice" Ban told the London based Al-Hayat newspaper in an interview published Friday.

The UN chief has been advised by the legal department in 2008 to distance himself politically from the Sudanese president and since the warrant he only met him twice.

Asked whether he is sticking to the advise, Ban said that he has to discuss with his legal adviser "to discuss any exceptions".

On elections, Ban criticized Bashir’s vow to expel and mutilate foreign elections observers who call for delaying elections.

"I do not want to comment on this type of undesirable speech particularly at this time in. It is up to the Sudanese government to decide whether they will hold these elections as scheduled or postpone it" he said.

But Ban appeared to be opposed to the idea of postponing the elections even though he recognized "enormous logistical challenges".

"I understand that elections could be postponed or delayed for a short period of time, but why should be made to postpone the month of November? I am not sure it can be properly arranged at that time" he said.

Ban’s statements pour cold shower over opposition parties demand for a postponement. They have submitted a memo in this regard to the Sudanese presidency threatening that they would boycott elections if no rescheduling occurs.

UN relations with opposition parties are already tense over accusations that their mission in Sudan was complicit in an improper switching an award to print the ballots from a Slovenian company to a local one belonging to the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) opening the door for fraud.

The leader of the Umma Reform and Renewal Party (URRP) Mubarak Al-Fadil wrote a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon complaining against the Chief Electoral Officer at UNMIS Ray Kennedy for allowing this to happen.

Yesterday, UNMIS Chief Haile Menkerios wrote a response on behalf of Ban stressing that the UN was not involved in the decision taken by the NEC.

"I would like to clarify that elections in Sudan are nationally owned process and the United Nations’ (UN) mandate remains limited to technical assistance and support only. Accordingly, the decision to print the aforementioned ballot tickets locally was taken solely, as it should be, by the National Election Commission (NEC)" Menkerios said.

Menkerios said that the UN position on elections "has remained consistent and will continue to be so".

"We believe these elections need to be free and fair and we will do all within our mandate to advise, encourage and assist that they be so".

Sudan is set to stage its first multi-party elections in 24 years from April 11 to 13 as part of a 2005 peace agreement that ended a decades-old civil war between north and south.

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  • 26 March 2010 06:57, by Gatbentiu

    These opposition parties must be crazy to called for election postponement,if they postponed the election definitely they will also pushed the referendum to 2012 .

    Election can not be postponed its late, the so called oppositions parties should keep quite and if they don’t want to participant boycotting will be suicide to them.

    dholbentiu@gmail.com

    • 26 March 2010 07:20, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      you have said it Mr gatbentiu if the election is posstponed that meant the refeda will definitely be delay and that will not going to be good for southernses but those confused people of gatwick tot yual don’t know what it meant by postponement of election meant to Refeda think about mr tot yual

      • 26 March 2010 12:35, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

        ? cunt-dinkum thieleling,we are agents of hate and violence but you are the tiny microorganisms that depend on the threshold of his life on host.look son of bitch, dinka-Bor is the basic fundamental unit of southern sudan. you have been bribes with huge sum of money that why you celebrates Riek Machar poor leadership. you are waivering the genocide warrior, look back in the history, Riek is awaiting international tribunal because he have had committed a genocide in Bor in 1991. your culture (especially Nuer’s culture with head-based initiations) is the worse ever around the globe. on my holiday last year, i went to New york city, i saw a nuer initiated gentleman with forehead being cut badly of which a white man approach me and asked me about the man, my answer was, he is Nuer the last useless people in the world. with your culture man, nothing worth in Nuer including eating, alcohol consumption and fighting without socialisation. Look, Riek machar brought alot of discrepancies to southern sudan because he was granted a hugh sum of money by Bashir to dealt with SPLA/M arm forces to be surrender to the Khartoum Government! fake idea that doesn’t work. DR. John Garang & Dr. Mr president KIIR Mayardit are the most world known HEROES in south History. did u hear me son of bitch!!!!. kiss ma ass dogz.WISHING RIEK MACHAR A TERRIBLE DEATH & VIOLENT FUNERAL FROM TRIBUNAL WORLD COURT!

  • 26 March 2010 10:09, by Akuma

    Ban ki-moon will be right not to meeting criminal Bashir because All Arabs are supporting El-Bashir everywhere, and they forget his crimicide ideas.

    Dr. Akuma,
    Chicago, USA

    • 26 March 2010 11:00, by david kong paul

      Ban ki moon, i support your decission even if you are a very dormant UN-SG. Why would a clean man meet a criminal who may posibly abduct him later?

      Thank

      • 26 March 2010 13:35, by Kuany Dak

        Dear all,

        Execellent! Ban Ki-mon knows what election is all about. A former south Korean prime minister, elected two team, he will not call for the postponement of democratic process.

        Surely, he does not think postponement to november makes different than April. I do agreed with his characterization. Postponment will only cause problem that it will delay january referendum election in the south which is the intention of the sudanese opposition parties. I would understand that Ban do not want to insist himself into sudanese affaire while UN agency its sole duty is to facilitates and observes faireness of democratic process whereby every citizen of sudan is involved to elect their president and government that represent their interest.

        I also applause him, meeting with Bashir is not revelant at this point. Bashir, ICC indicted of war crime, crime against humanity and including genocide in Darfur region of sudan. UN secretary general knows well, he will not go against court order.

        • 26 March 2010 20:36, by Kon Paul Awenchol

          Dear UN-chief.

          the traitor and who is a decent man in Sudan crime have been known today to an inch,i appreciate you for being rightful to the icc role of laws against the fugative and incumbent president of Sudan who is new to know that, Sudan is one with one community.i advice you seriousily not to meet him because the man whoes hands are full of blood is not a good president.so Bashir who is a thug in politics have created too many tribal conflicts in Sudan because of wrong government coincide with religion and bureaucracy, a government with less opportunities to civil roles of the citizens .DEAR readers i want to asure you that, postponement of elections does not meant that,the referendum will be in the same track,BIG NO! referedum will not and should not miss it date and time."the bad hen with it’s eggs can not be left or given nestkid at the corner of a beautiful house otherwise, still you kill their mother,the chicken will still inherit the same system".

          • 27 March 2010 15:58, by Oduho Oduho

            "readers i want to asure you that, postponement of elections does not meant that,the referendum will be in the same track,BIG NO! referedum will not and should not miss it date and time."

            Awenchol,

            you must be an idiot to think that postponing this election would not affect the referendum. This election if postponed until November; what time will Sudan have between November 2010 and Jenouary 2011 to prepare for the referendum?

            UN-chief is absoluately right!



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