Sunday, 7 November 2010

Sudan 2011 build-up and the UN

Sudan goes to the polls on the all-important issue of Southern independence next January. Many, many eyes will be on the country. The UN is, obviously, involved. In the past few days, they've made two statements.

USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, on Friday explained that the UN was concerned about the outbreak of violence and was making plans to offer various forms of humanitarian assistance, should it become necessary.

On Saturday, Alain le Roy, UN Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations announced that "There will not be UN peacekeepers on the buffer zone, it's unrealistic."

Which suggests either that the UN is anticipating violence but not willing to do anything about it, or that they should perhaps be doing something about the mixed messages they're sending.

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