UN TO DISCUSS SUDAN’S EXPULSION OF AID AGENCIES


The U.N. Security Council will meet on Friday to discuss Khartoum’s decision to order more than a dozen aid organizations out of Darfur after Sudan’s president was indicted for war crimes, council diplomats said. The council was scheduled to receive a briefing from a U.N. humanitarian official about the situation on the ground in Darfur, where some 4.7 million people depend on aid, according to the diplomats. A Libyan diplomat told Reuters his delegation will raise Arab League and African Union requests to meet with Security Council members to discuss suspending the International Criminal Court’s proceedings against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Western diplomats said the 15-member council was not expected to take any action. Libya, which holds the council’s rotating presidency this month, hopes to organize a council meeting with AU and Arab League officials, the Libyan diplomat said. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said earlier on Thursday that aid operations in Darfur would be “irrevocably damaged” if the Sudanese government implements its decision to expel 13 non-governmental relief organizations from Darfur. He urged Khartoum to reconsider. Deputy U.N. humanitarian chief Catherine Bragg said the United Nations had received reports that some aid workers were being harassed and detained by Sudanese security forces, following the arrest order for Bashir issued by the ICC in The Hague.

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