SUDAN WATCH: Obama after UN chief meeting on Darfur, Sudan: "We need to be able to get those humanitarian organisations back on the ground."

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Obama after UN chief meeting on Darfur, Sudan: "We need to be able to get those humanitarian organisations back on the ground."

US President Barack Obama has described as "unacceptable" the expulsion of foreign aid workers from the Sudanese region of Darfur last week.

From BBC Wednesday, 11 March 2009 - excerpts:
Obama condemns Darfur expulsions
Mr Obama was speaking at the White House after his first talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"It is not acceptable to put that many people's lives at risk," he said. "We need to be able to get those humanitarian organisations back on the ground."

Sudan, the African Union [AU] and the Arab League have all urged the UN Security Council to use its powers to defer the arrest warrant, saying it could further destabilise Darfur.

After meeting Mr Bashir in Khartoum on Monday, AU Commission chairman Jean Ping said: "It is clear that the decision of the ICC undermined and jeopardised... reconciliation in Darfur."
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From Argentina News.net Wednesday 11 March 2009 - excerpt:
Obama talks about the failure of Sudan
President Obama told reporters after his meeting: "The Khartoum government has kicked out some of the most important non-governmental organizations that provide direct humanitarian aid to millions of people. We have a potential crisis of even greater dimensions than what we already saw."
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Note from Sudan Watch Editor: Scroll down this page and glance through the headlines of each post.  The writing is on the wall.  I implore the US, UK and France to support suspension of ICC proceedings against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir.

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