posted on Mon 17 Jan 2011 12:14 PM
Insights on Sudan

Tomorrow the Council will be briefed by Benjamin Mkapa and Haile Menkerios on the referendum in Sudan followed by statements from Council members on the situation. Originally consultations were scheduled following the briefing but with some members wanting to present their views publicly, it was decided that a public meeting would be a better format for tomorrow’s discussion and that there was no need for consultations on Sudan.

The Council has also been discussing a press statement drafted by the US on Sudan which is expected to be agreed on by tomorrow. While commending the referendum process the press statement apparently also contains language showing appreciation of Bashir’s behaviour over the elections, which was suggested by South Africa. There are on-going discussions on how far to go with praising the north on its conduct.