August 1, 2008

Russia Concerned Over UN Resolution on Darfur

Excerpt from report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax

Moscow, 1 August: Moscow regrets the fact that concern about the request of the International Criminal Court's prosecutor to arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has not been reflected in the UN Security Council's new resolution on Darfur

A Russian Foreign Ministry report circulated on Friday [1 August] says that "a possible negative turn of events in Sudan in connection with the request by the International Criminal Court's prosecutor to issue an order for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is causing concern". "Regrettably, the opinion of the UN Security Council member countries which share this concern has failed to be reflected fully in the resolution due to the opposition of a number of Security Council members," the document says.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that "while constructive cooperation between the Sudanese government and the international community in conducting a peacekeeping operation and settling the conflict in Darfur is being established, such a position may have unpredictable and negative consequences the responsibility for it will fall squarely on the shoulders of these UN Security Council members". [Passage omitted]

"The activity of the United Nations - African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has become an integral part of the Darfur peace process and is a good example of practical collaboration between the UN and the African Union in the sphere of peacekeeping in Africa," the Russian Foreign Ministry's report says. The document emphasizes that Russia "has been consistently in favour of the international community's efforts aimed at settling the Darfur crisis, including, first of all, the political process as well as assistance in overcoming most acute humanitarian problems and in post-conflict rebuilding".

Originally published by Interfax news agency, Moscow, in Russian 1321 01 Aug 08.

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