Monday, October 23, 2006

Sudan Kicks Out UN Envoy

NY Times

Sudan's government ordered the chief United Nations envoy out of the country today, saying he was an enemy of the country and its armed forces. Secretary General Kofi Annan said that he was reviewing the letter from the Khartoum government and had requested the envoy, Jan Pronk, to return to New York for "consultations." The Sudanese order said he had to leave by Wednesday. United Nations officials confirmed he would depart before then.

Mr. Pronk, a blunt-spoken former Dutch cabinet minister, has been outspoken in reporting on the killings, rapes and other atrocities in Darfur, the region in the western part of Sudan where 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been driven from their homes. He has become increasingly pointed in his comments because of the rise in violence across the area despite a May peace accord between the Sudanese government and a major rebel group, and because of the government's refusal to grant permission for a new United Nations force to take over peacekeeping in the country from the overstretched African Union.

Since President Bush agrees that the Darfur killings amount to genecide, this action should be seen by the US as a very serious matter. If the 60 Minutes report is right and the Sudan leadership is using their past connection to Osama Bin Laden to feed the US leads about terrorists, there could be a real conflict of interest at work which mutes our response to this genecide.

How much collateral damage in this war on terrorism is too much for the information gained? Are we willing to make excuses as thousands of people die over there so thousands or hundreds or tens don't die here?
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