Is the Obama Administration ready to clash about South Sudan with Arab backed Sudan and other oil related interests? How will the World react to Mr. Ban Ki-moon meeting in Juba Mr. Omar al-Bashir who is an indicted criminal because of the killings in Darfur? What can Ms. Hilde Johnson achieve for the UN in Juba?
from: http://schema-root.org/region/africa/north_africa/sudan/south_sudan/municipalities/juba/ :
New Sudan Vision July 3, 2011(Juba NSV) – The New Sudan Vision is learning from a reliable source that the state-owned SSTV, the only main South Sudanese channel may not broadcast via Satelite because it hasn’t cleared its bill with Arab-Sat. It costs South Sudan about a million …Southern Sudan to review oil contracts, minister saysCNN International July 3, 2011Juba, South Sudan (CNN) — Oil-rich Southern Sudan will review international contracts when it becomes independent, its minister of investment told CNN Sunday, focusing particular attention on the French company Total. …US sees S.Sudan independence set despite violenceReuters Africa July 3, 2011Princeton Lyman, the Obama administration’s special envoy for Sudan, said South Sudan’s formal secession would be a “celebratory event” despite the fact that Juba and Khartoum were unlikely to decide quickly on contentious issues, including division of …
AND WHAT ABOUT INTERACTIONS IN JUBA BETWEEN THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL AND THE PRESIDENT OF SUDAN – THE SOON TO BECOME NORTH SUDAN – WHO IS AN INDICTED CRIMINAL ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT?
Inner City Press at the UN is following this – please see: http://www.innercitypress.com/juba1bashir070411.html
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s deputy spokesman Farhan Haq from Pakistan announced that Ban will attend (the Juba ceremony) on July 9, and “will meet with [South Sudan] President Salva Kiir Mayardit, as well as with the troops, staff and management of the UN Mission in Sudan, UNMIS” Inner City Press asked Haq if Ban would meet with Bashir:
Inner City Press: Sudan’s Permanent Representative says that Omar al-Bashir will be attending as he is indicted by the ICC [International Criminal Court]. What does the Secretary-General think about that? Is he going to meet with Bashir? Is he opposed to meeting with Bashir if he is there at this, as stated by the Perm Rep in Juba for this ceremony?
Acting Deputy Spokesperson Haq: First of all, I don’t believe that there is any plan to meet with President Bashir. But second, beyond that, regarding the invitation, what I can say is that the International Criminal Court is an independent judicial institution. It has a mandate distinct and separate from that of the United Nations. The Secretary-General fully respects and supports the International Criminal Court and its work. How States conduct themselves in the light of the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court is a matter for States to determine in the light of the legal instruments applicable to them.
This answer appears tailored to avoid the recent controversies of Bashir’s travels and meetings with heads of state. But shouldn’t the UN hold itself to a higher, less legalistic standard?
UNMIS has already repeatedly used UN helicopters to fly Ahmed Haroun, indicted for war crimes in Darfur, into conflict zones in which Bashir’s and Haroun’s National Congress Party is accuse of orchestrating more ethnic cleansing while UNMIS peacekeepers stood by or worse.
The sporadic spokesperson for UNMIS is Ms. Hua Jiang from China – Mr. Bashir’s partner in oil – we wrote about this several times by now.
Also of interest:
Sudanese president Omar al Bashir’s made the threat to cut off the oil pipeline from South Sudan, set for independence on July 9, 2011.
Ms. Hilde Johnson from Norway, a country with an oil based economy and outspoken interest in human rights, in women’s rights, in development of resources and aid to the poor, with her own personal history that includes among many positions she held also of having been born in Africa, then worked in Stavanger, the oil economy main region in Norway, and at the World Bank – she will be with US help the UN head of Mission in Juba. Is she the right person for this job?