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UN confirms Sudan’s delinquent status, arrears reach $1 million


January 4, 2013 (WASHINGTON) – The United Nations on Friday revealed that Sudan is several years behind on its payments and owes close to $1 million, which has yet to be paid.

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United Nations spokesman Martin Nesirky (UN Photo)

This week the UN Committee On Contributions released the list of nations which has paid in full its financial obligations to the world body’s 2012 regular budget.

The "UN honour roll" which was updated on December 31 excluded Sudan, indicating that the East African nation’s share remains outstanding.

According to a UN General Secretariat Sudan has been assessed to pay 0.010% of the UN regular budget in 2012 which amounts to $236,317.

But on Thursday the Sudanese ambassador to the United Nations Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman vehemently denied that his government is behind on its dues saying that they paid their 2012 dues in full.

Osman added that the finance ministry is readying to disburse the 2013 dues for payment this year.

But the spokesperson to the UN Secretary General, Martin Nesirky, on Friday contradicted Osman’s assertions and disclosed that Sudan’s voting rights were briefly suspended this year because of the financial arrears.

"At the start of 2012, Sudan was in arrears under the terms of Article 19 of the Charter (loss of vote in the General Assembly)" Nesirky wrote in an email to an Innercitypress UN reporter.

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".

"However, sufficient payment was made in 2012 to take Sudan out of Article 19. As of 4 January 2013, Sudan has arrears (amounts due for 2012 and previous years) of approximately $1 million," Nesirky added.

It is not clear why the UN and Sudan are offering conflicting accounts on the outstanding dues.

An analysis done by Sudan Tribune based on UN reports showed that Sudan’s dues were $243,642 in 2009; $210,822 in 2010 and $234,869 in 2011. This in addition to 2012 dues would add up to $925,650.

In 2010 Sudan’s arrears totaled $480,117 but a payment of $480,755 was applied to it leaving only the year’s dues of $210,822 outstanding. The status of Sudan’s 2011 dues has not been released.

Sudan is expected to pay $254,828 for the year 2013.

According to the UN committee on contributions, the UN expenses are split among members "broadly according to capacity to pay".

Sudan is in the midst of an economic crisis resulting from South Sudan’s independence in July 2011. The newborn nation contained 75% of the oil wealth that existed under the formerly-united country.

South Sudan’s oil represented more than a third of Khartoum’s revenues and its largest source of hard currency, leaving the government struggling for alternatives since the independence.

Inflation has accelerated to 46 percent in November, and the Sudanese pound has plunged on the black market where it now fetches around 7.00 Sudanese pounds (SDG) for one dollar, compared to an official rate of 4.4 per dollar.

The government, in June, devalued the official foreign exchange rate as part of measures to compensate for the loss of South Sudanese oil.

It also raised taxes, allocated more funds for social spending and increased the pump prices of fuel by about 50 percent to reduce petroleum subsidies.


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  • 5 January 2013 04:26, by Observer

    Mohamed Abdelatif Saied,
    Where are you now to comment on this? It appears in the years when we weren’t suffring economic hardship we weren’t paying either.
    Also waits for the govt stooges Jalaby and N Sudanese to come out and claim this is the S Tribune telling lies or is a Zionist or US conspiracy etc or to post some derogatory story about S Sudan as they will have no answers to this.

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    • 5 January 2013 04:44, by Dinkawarrior

      They have been stealing our resources and they forget to pay the owed loan from UN! Hahahahahah hahahahhaha hahahahahah! Shame on Sudan.
      Mr. Jalaby, I would like you to tell us some!

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      • 5 January 2013 05:02, by Ahmed Chol

        NCP thugs are not aware that this is the 21st century where all financial transactions are tracked on a computer. There is no room for lying or bribery at the UN. Shame on them. Don’t export the lying habit to UN. UN should punish those who lie by creating an article outlawing lying. $240,000 is not a lot of money at the level of a country that export oil. I don’t know why they don’t paid it.

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        • 5 January 2013 06:52, by zulu

          Indeed, they think it is south sudan where they still oil and and revenue and claim it was a garnishment. See the exposure of their lies and shameless ruthless kleptomania at play.

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      • 5 January 2013 05:05, by Dinkawarrior

        It’s not going to be like bombarding South Sudanese civillian in Upper Nile or North Bhar elgazal and denied it on the day time, this will cause Assache to everyone in North Sudan. You better pay it early before they will send you to court. Did you used those money for aircrafts from Russia? If so then let Russian help you to pay it in full amounts or otherwise court will decided what be next.

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    • 5 January 2013 05:41, by zulu

      These stooges of Pittiful Cat, Mistress, Snorting Sudanese, Jalila all are legitimate liars and PR machines of a government that goes no where. They have no committment to the interantional system

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    • 5 January 2013 06:47, by mohamed mahgoub

      More than that they will say u r not sudanese! as usually they keep do to anyone opposes them

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    • 5 January 2013 07:31, by Ayom Ayom

      So, Khartoum has not been paying it due fully, year after a year, now it’s accumulated, they cannot pay that amount, UN is going to write off and Sudan will lost it’s membership in the general Assembly for UNITED NATIONS, where as South Sudan will remain to lunch complaints and charge khartoum.

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  • 5 January 2013 04:33, by George Bol

    Too many agreements dishonored by Sudan.That country is ruled by extremists and dishonesty and that is why it took long time for South Sudan to implement the agreements. Sudan is good at agreeing but latter disagree. For me, Sudan need to be isolated.

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  • 5 January 2013 07:18, by Snipper

    Hahahahahah they can’t even pay UN dues and even lie at UN without. Shame!!!

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  • 5 January 2013 07:22, by Gabriel KK

    Khartoum criminals pary is known internationally for cheating anf lying and they should know that it is an offence to lie to United Nations or any Nation in this planet. Shame on them.

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    • 5 January 2013 08:47, by Paul Ongee

      Don’t you know that Khartoum is awarding PhD in lying to the NCP-led government officials? Nearly $1 million dollars due arrears is equivalent to $925,650. Khartoum is basically obsessed with dishonoring agreements/financial obligations no matter how you brand it (CPA/Cooperation/UN Regular Budget).

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      • 5 January 2013 08:48, by Paul Ongee

        However, the only alternatives Khartoum is struggling for following South Sudan’s Independence in July 2011 are lies, cheating, fabrication, delay tactics, and self-delusion. Khartoum can never make it economically without South Sudan’s oil that keeps its mouth watering day and night and pretends that he’s better off dollar wise in regional and international arena.

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        • 5 January 2013 08:49, by Paul Ongee

          The production of 110/120 bpd of oil cannot make any difference in standing tall in financial markets. The quality of the crude oil or gold produced is poor; it cannot fill the gap of 75% of oil lost to South Sudan. If you keep reminding Khartoum about fulfilling its financial obligations or implementing agreements is like trying to get him licked the elbow.

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          • 5 January 2013 09:04, by Paul Ongee

            NCP is frustrated to the point the world cannot imagine. That is why it can easily resort to indiscriminate bombing of civilians in South Sudan territory and in disputed areas, closing border with the notion that it can survive economically without selling its expired/poisonous commodities to South Sudan.

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            • 5 January 2013 09:47, by Paul Ongee

              The security issue that Khartoum is singing about in UN/AU-sponsored summit in Addis Ababa is pure nonsense. SPLM-N is based in the North and is operating in the Northern territory; it has its legitimate rights right from CPA of 2005. How can Khartoum fool the whole world that it cannot recognize the political rights of SPLM-N/SRF and refuse to negotiate with SPLM-N.

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              • 5 January 2013 09:48, by Paul Ongee

                Khartoum is pumping its oil daily without any security issues that it claims. Demilitarized zones can be established in those disputed areas, border can be demarcated, outstanding issues can be resolved peacefully and oil production in the South Sudan oil fields can be resumed without any security issues that Khartoum wants the whole world to focus attention on other than other issues.

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                • 5 January 2013 09:49, by Paul Ongee

                  What can Juba and UNMISS who have seen Khartoum plane dropping military support in broad daylight to the renegade David Yau Yau in Jonglei State say about security issues in South Sudan or sing about it in Addis Ababa so that it becomes a priority in any summit?

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                  • 5 January 2013 09:50, by Paul Ongee

                    David Yau Yau is based in South Sudan, supported by Khartoum and is operating in South Sudan and it’s the responsibility of South Sudan Government to deal with it whether it affects economic survival of South Sudan or not. Khartoum knows that David Yau Yau is planted to disrupt development in South Sudan but has no any rights or capacity to topple the government in Juba.

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                    • 5 January 2013 10:21, by Paul Ongee

                      SPLM-N/SRF can do that in Khartoum with/out support from Juba. Khartoum is, however, holding all outstanding issues hostage on the grounds that security issues must be solved first though it keeps pumping its oil safely. Khartoum does not want to hear anybody say anything about recognition of SPLM-N/SRF, the weakness of AU and international community to ask why---is taken as advantage by Khartoum.

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                      • 5 January 2013 10:34, by Santino Akot

                        Why this fung like Jalaby, Master e.t.c are not commenting here about Sudan not paying hid dues and about losing theirs memembership in the United Nation?.

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                        • 5 January 2013 10:38, by Santino Akot

                          I mean. not paying theirs dues a mount to U.N. And I would Jalaby and Master to say something about it. Because, they always like to talk with there pig mouth like there ass.

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  • 5 January 2013 11:10, by hamil

    Now we Southern Sudanese should be very careful. Otherwise the talks in Addis Ababa starting on Saturday should not be used as a yard stick to rescue Sudan from this mess. They should either pay up or burst. Remember its not south sudan this time but the United Nations.

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  • 5 January 2013 17:44, by panchol

    where will NCP (National Corruption party) get such amount. Hahahahahaha Government of theft. Hahahahahaha.

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  • 6 January 2013 05:28, by 4Justice

    Where is ’Chipmunk’ aka Jalaby, why aren’t you commenting on this and why would your criminal government choose to defraud the United Nations whose secretary General Banki-moon is on record siding with fugitive El Bashir on every occasion? it seems your criminality doesn’t discriminate friends from foes.

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    • 6 January 2013 06:13, by 4Justice

      "They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." —Titus 1:16

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