Sudan baffled by Security Council action

Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:15 PM
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UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The Sudanese ambassador to the United Nations said the world panel ignored positive developments while criticizing "some individuals" for ongoing troubles.

The U.N. Security Council extended by 13 months a mandate for a panel of experts appointed to monitor sanctions on Sudan.

The Security Council said Thursday "it regretted that some individuals of the government and armed groups in Darfur persisted in committing violence against civilians and impeding the peace process."

Sudanese Ambassador to the United Nations Hassan Hamid Hassan said in a statement the resolution was the "reverse of the truth." He said his country already ceded territory with South Sudan's independence and was working on Darfur peace issues and expected recognition, not repercussions.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is among those wanted for atrocities allegedly committed in Darfur. He's wanted on 10 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda told the U.N. Security Council in December silence on crimes committed in Darfur "only serves to add insult to the plight of ... victims."

She said more than 400,000 people were displaced in the ongoing conflict in Darfur last year.

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