US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

Security Council Cross-Cutting Report: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Date Published: 
July 20, 2011

In addition to reviewing developments relating to protection of civilians as a thematic issue on the Security Council’s agenda, including in the context of UN peacekeeping, the present report includes a statistical analysis of Council decisions in country-specific situations in 2010 and how protection issues were addressed. The Secretary-General’s reporting on protection of civilians, as well as the Council’s use of sanctions against individuals or entities committing violations against civilians are

South Sudan admitted to U.N. as 193rd member

Published July 15, 2011 by Reuters
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The General Assembly admitted South Sudan on Thursday as the 193rd member of the United Nations, sealing the new African country's independence after decades of conflict.

The assembly vote, by acclamation, followed South Sudan's independence proclamation in the capital Juba on Saturday, after its people voted in a January referendum to break away from Sudan -- a decision accepted by Khartoum.

President Hints at Fresh Start for Sudan, but Many Are Skeptical

Published July 13, 2011 by New York Times
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KHARTOUM, Sudan — It is a grand title, carrying the suggestion of a new era, a new dawn. Now that the southern part of Sudan has split off and formed its own nation, many politicians here in the north, including President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, have a new way of referring to what remains of their country. They call it the “second republic.”

US monitors detects mass graves in Sudan's S. Kordofan

KHARTOUM — New satellite images support eyewitness accounts that mass graves were dug in the capital of Sudan's South Kordofan state to bury 100 or more people killed last month, US monitors said Thursday.

"Based on an analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and eyewitness reports obtained by the Satellite Sentinel Project, SSP has identified a site consistent with mass graves in Kadugli," said the monitoring group set up by Hollywood star and rights activist George Clooney.

Sudan’s North, South Agree in Principle on Ethiopian Peacekeepers in Abyei

Published June 15, 2011 by Bloomberg
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Northern and Southern Sudan pledged to pull their military forces out of the disputed border region of Abyei and to accept in principle the deployment of Ethiopian troops in the region, an African Union spokesman said.Details of the deployment are still being worked out, Barney Afako, the spokesman for the African Union’s high-level implementation panel on Sudan, told reporters in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. The two sides agreed to withdraw military forces from the region by July 9, when Southern Sudan is scheduled to become independent.

A call for force in Cote d'Ivoire

Published March 25, 2011 by Foreign Policy
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Louise Arbour, president of the International Crisis Group, has penned a letter to the Security Council asking for a more forceful response to escalating violence in Cote d'Ivoire:

[T]he Security Council should immediately authorise military action to ensure the protection of the population by UNOCI or other authorised forces and to support President Alassane Ouattara and his government in exercising authority over the armed forces and ensuring the territorial integrity of the state..."

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