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Ban defends decision authorizing U.N. officials to attend Bashir’s inauguration

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May 24, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon today defended the presence of his two top representatives in Sudan at the inauguration of president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir next Thursday saying that people should not misinterpret the move.

Haile Menkerios, head of the U.N. Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), and Ibrahim Gambari, joint head of the African Union/U.N. Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), are scheduled to attend the ceremony according to U.N. spokesperson last week.

“These [UNMIS& UNAMID] are very important missions, and for operational purposes, the SRSGs [Special Representatives of the Secretary-General] in UNMIS and UNAMID have been meeting with Sudanese Government officials. This is what they have been doing, and they will have to continue to do. We have a critical mission, for the peace and stability of this, and including the implementation of the CPA, which will have very, very important consequences in next July’s referendum” Ban told reporters in New York today.

“This is not more than that. What they are doing is not more than that, they are doing exactly within the framework of their mandate” the top U.N. official added.

Human right groups have urged world officials to boycott the ceremony citing Bashir’s indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged role in war crimes committed in Sudan’s Western region of Darfur.

“Al-Bashir is a fugitive from justice who should be arrested, not feted,” said Elise Keppler, International Justice Program senior counsel at Human Rights Watch. “Attendance at al-Bashir’s inauguration would send a terrible message to victims in Darfur, and globally.”

The top officials at the ICC have consistently called on governments particularly those signatories to the Rome Statute to avoid non-essential contact with individuals wanted by the Hague tribunal.

But Africa which forms the majority of court members have dispatched its officials on a regular basis to meet with Bashir despite the outstanding warrant. The African Union (AU) adopted a decision last year prohibiting the continent from cooperating with ICC in apprehending Bashir even though several nations later dissented from this resolution.

The Sudanese government today announced that among the attendees at the inauguration are the Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

The Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa will not be able to attend due to scheduling conflict but will instead send his deputy, Sudan said.

Ban said that the inauguration “it is part of a very important political event for the Sudanese people”.

“They have elected President [Omer] Bashir as their President. You cannot say this is only ceremonial, nothing to do with political implications. They are there, mandated by the Security Council, and appointed by me, and for UNAMID, appointed jointly by me and the African Union – he [Mr. Gambari] is a joint Special Representative. So I think this should be regarded as part of their very serious official critical mission, not more than that” he said.

Khartoum has hailed the participation of Gambari and Menkerios describing the decision as “reasonable and balanced”.

The U.N. Secretary General himself has minimized any contacts with Bashir since the warrant was issued for him in line with the advice given to him by the legal department in the world body.

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  • 25 May 2010 07:51, by Sudan virus

    Oh our God!UN/UNAMID now legitimating a world wanted criminal to lead Sudan!

    Where is the world going? Hell on earth.

    Now, i second Iranian president on his mission of manufacturing nuclear weapons.

    Right! the world must be Islamized and Arabized starting with Sudan/Africa,Skorea ,USA and the rest.

    However,

    Touching south Sudan independence with such a similar bias move=lighting fire on world pierce and unforgeable atrocity against humanity.

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  • 25 May 2010 08:04, by Aduol Liet

    Ban Ki-moon and U.N. Members.

    The ICC Judges have no other power but United Nation and U.N. has fail in Sudan’s case in many ways can United Nation be define as a groups who cooperates with indictment.? How long this failure of U.N. will go.? How about the policy of human rights why Darfurian people deying for all these years and U.N. cooperated with indictment its fair.? Any way God knows when he will put Oamr al Bashir on fire.

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    • 25 May 2010 09:38, by julius mowanga

      Dear raders of the ST;

      Don’t forget that,this is the same UN,which failed to protcet the Kosovians till the genocide took place in Pritcina Town of Bosina Herzogovena,and again they faild us Africans, in Somalia where there is no central government and rule of law,also in Saddam’s Iraq and Afganistan.If we do count on UN intervention, we will never achieve our independence on January 9th,2011.

      SPLA/M, Democratic Salvation Front,SouthSudan Defence Forces,SouthSudan Liberation Forces,Peace Forces of WBG,JEM,SLA..etc,are all War Criminals,they commited vigours human-rights attrocities, war crimes,and crimes against humanity in Sudan,eventhough UN and its Organizations, kept a blind eyes on whats is going-on.The reason behind its passive conduct is very obvious,that there is no Super Power States cared,once heir interests in the devastated regions is not compromized by these conflicts .Now China is presenting an imminent economical threat to the Wstern Countries,especially the oil .So the so called human-rights abusement, and the contral consequences measurements,that should be taken by the UN Security Council, doesn’t apply to us -The Thirld World,especially the Africans.

      Col; Muammar Gadhafi of Libya,in his speach before the UN’SGeneral Assembly, has highlighted the abuse of UN mandate by the New-Colonial Powers like the Oil thurst U.S.A and Western European Countries.

      China’s exploitation of the African States’s Mineral Resoureces,has been hailed as an exemplarar of the modern inter-governmental development cooperations,a role that never been played by the former traditional-colonial powers in Africa.Undeveloped Nations like Sudan and Zimbabwe had benifited in all aspects of the coorperation with China even diplomatically.We should never rely on UN as a fair and transparent organisation, that is commited to its mandate of the International Laws and the Human Rights Chapter,or on the Western Countries pledges.The history is the best teacher for those who consider their patriotism.

      Africans themselves can empower the AU and its organisations, to tackle the biased stand of the UN’s SC,regarding the ICC allegations, against the most vulnerable African Head of States and the other African Freedom Fighters ,who oppose the New-Colonial Powers policies,those who has been labelled by the same UN Security Council,as a War Criminals.If the War Cimes that commited by all the aforementioned Freedom Fighters-"Militias-" in Sudan,Congo,Liberia,Siera Leon,Central Afrique,Somalia, never amount to the NATO,and the American Forces attrocities in Iraq and Afganistan.So let them practice the self-critizism first,and enforces the International Laws before advocating the Thirld World about the respect of the Human-Rights, and the rule of Law.

      UN and its Security Council will stand hands-crossed and mimically watch the catastrophic fragmentaion of Sudan,very soon...realy very soon as stated Cdr Abdel Aziz Elhilo of SPLM/A Nuba Faction.

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      • 25 May 2010 20:54, by Kon Paul Awenchol

        Dear fabricator liar.
        When you want to air out your views and political comments in dialogue you need to be specific to the point you are talking about,your comment is just beating around the bush.please revise your characters and re-read the article again.you are picking the nail on the wrong head.

        Dear Ban Ki-Moon.
        your being the U.N secretary general to monitor the problem that are facing the World as per the prevailing situation now in Sudan and especially western Sudan of Darfur,What is your politicization here to defend two top U.N official to attend the inauguration of the criminal who have destroy Sudan,using political centrifugal force to divide Sudan into many many War factions as you know,if you persuaded such politics then you resign from the office because you have got no human right to play.let dictator Omar Bashir face justice.

        THE TRUE CITIZEN.

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        • 26 May 2010 02:04, by Rasta

          That`s very simple, because babylon is always telling lies to support their own cause ! But the thing is GENOCIDE TO BE CONTINUE . Man you should remember what your friend in law Mr Anan used to tell you ? Ohoo maybe your forgot ! But I would like to advice you from my Rasta philosophy ( Be away from this case , Babylon are not educated yet to handle it ) How can you just been calling him yesterday to face justice for what crimes he`s committing in sudan DARFUR 21years and today you are preparing to celebrate 2mor for more 5years it`s too funny?! Will be continue..........................................................? Jah Bless

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