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October 23, 2010

Khartoum thumbs its nose at the UN - again

UNITED NATIONS | Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:14pm EDT

(Reuters) - Ground attack jets of the kind that a U.N. report says may have been used by Sudan's government in strikes in Darfur in violation of an arms embargo were in plain view of Security Council diplomats during their visit this month to Sudan's conflict-torn region.


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During the visit of the UNSC to Darfur, from October 5-9 the Khartoum regime was multitasking- bombing villages in Jebel Marra. While the existing UN arms embargo does not ban supplying weapons and bombers to Sudan, the Sudanese government is required to guarantee that the arms will not end up in Darfur. Of course such ' guarantees' are meaningless. Sudan has no need for any self defensive airforce.

In a flagrant act of defiance, Khartoum displayed its Su-25 bombers in full view of the highest level UN Security Council diplomats.

I was in Darfur in 2006 and at the airstrip in el Fasher i saw a bomber being painted white- to resemble United Nations humanitarian aircraft.

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