Saturday, September 09, 2006

More Toothless Threats from Kofi

You would think the Secretary General would finely understand that Sudan doesn't care what he says. They know that Kofi Annan is leaving in December after nine years of turning the United Nations into a toothless tiger. But still he keeps growling.

Sudan leaders warned over Darfur

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has stepped up pressure on the government of Sudan amid growing international concern about the crisis in Darfur.

He warned Sudanese leaders they could be held personally responsible for what happened in the region if international troops were not allowed in.

I wonder what he means by "held responsible"?

Mr Annan said conditions there were already desperate and many could die if peacekeepers were refused entry.

Earlier the UN refugee chief warned of an impending "catastrophe".

Impending? I'm sure the thousands killed already feel it's a catastrophe.

Antonio Guterres said escalating violence in Darfur was now threatening the entire region.

Three years of conflict have left millions displaced and thousands dead.

The UN says the situation shows no signs of improving, and aid agencies say it is getting worse.

The African Union has said it will pull out its 7,000-strong peacekeeping force next month, but Sudan has refused permission for a UN force to replace it.

Of course they have, they are three years into a genocide and want to finish the job.

Violence rising

Mr Annan said continuing to block UN intervention could leave Sudan's leaders open to be "held collectively and individually responsible for what happens to the population in Darfur".

He added that Darfur would be discussed at a UN Security Council meeting on Monday.

Despite a peace deal signed in May between the government and one of the rebel groups, the violence on the ground is increasing.

Attacks on aid workers occur almost daily - 12 have been killed in the last three months.

Speaking in Geneva, Antonio Guterres, the head of UNHCR, said it was a situation which could not continue.

"I think we are facing a terrible disaster. War is starting again, violations of human rights are massive, situations of rape - these have all kinds of devastating forms of impact in the lives of this population and make us feel more and more uncomfortable because we are not able to help them.

"We cannot even have access to them. This is unacceptable, this has to stop."

Aid agencies believe their work will be impossible without an international force in Darfur.

Privately many in the UN fear the escalating violence over the last few weeks is the build-up to a major attack by government forces, says the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva, where the UNHCR is based.

If that happens, it could trigger another flood of refugees from Darfur into neighbouring Chad, where the UN refugee agency is already caring for 200,000 people.

Those camps are stretched to breaking point, Mr Guterres said, and a new refugee crisis along the borders could bring instability to the entire region.

I think you could say that the entire region is already unstable.


At 4:51 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

"I think you could say that the entire region is already unstable."

Heh! What an understatement! Great post, AC!

I still maintain that we need to withdraw from the UN, kick them out of New York, and build a Super Humongous Wal Mart to take it's place and piss off the left! :)

At 11:24 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

There are only a few people (among the living), which can make my blood pressure go up to such dangerously high levels.
This vile hog Annan is one of them.
Unfortunately I'd have to disagree with you Crusader about the UN being all but useless organization.

They are useful tools for our enemies to tie our hands, steal our resources, give our internal and external enemies strenght and comfort of legitimacy and high moral grounds.
They are certainly useless when it comes to a real crisis situation (e'g' Darfur) but it is not their role anymore - their real role is to disarm the West.
And it is our faul that we allow all this to happen.

At 5:34 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

gayle..could you imagine a Walmart in Manhattan? lol

At 5:42 AM, Blogger American Crusader said... truth the UN makes a great forum for anti-Western prpaganda. Sudan was almost voted into the Security Council in 2000,
Now Venezuela is close to being admitted..
Both with the support of Russia and China

At 5:47 AM, Blogger MissingLink said...

UN makes a great forum for anti-Western prpaganda

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

The U.N.... SPIT!

They are evil, plain and simple. They've hijacked the gravy train, and we keep on supplying it!


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