Members of UN Security Council dispute Darfur authorities’ ability to protect local residentsBy John Heilprin, AP
Friday, October 8, 2010
UN members confront Sudan over Darfur violence
EL-FASHER, Sudan — Members of the United Nations Security Council have confronted Darfur authorities over their inability to protect local residents in a region that has witnessed mass atrocities over the last decade.
Mark Lyall Grant, the British ambassador to the U.N., disputed figures presented by the governor of North Darfur on Friday outside the regional capital that showed violence dropping significantly in recent years in Darfur.
The governor, Osman Kibar, accused Lyall Grant of prejudice when the British ambassador alleged that “violent deaths have gone up 250 percent since last year.”
The Security Council members are in Sudan on a fact-finding trip.