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Kuwait to Provide Assistance in Dharfur

From today’s Arab Times:

Kuwait Red Crescent ready to fill aid agencies gap in Darfur

KUWAIT CITY, March 7, (KUNA): Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) said Saturday it was ready to fill the aid agencies gap caused by the withdrawal of a number of humanitarian organizations from Darfur.

KRCS Chairman Barjas Al-Barjas said in a letter he sent to Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Bekele Geleta, that KRCS believed the federation should cover the needs caused by the withdrawal of 16 non-governmental organizations from Darfur due to bad security conditions. He called IFRC to urge all humanitarian and charitable bodies, national societies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to contribute to ending the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Darfur. Al-Barjas said KRCS was ready to provide aid, as it always did to the needy around the world.

Meanwhile, the Arab League Council has decided to send an Arab-Afro delegation to the UN Security Council (UNSC) to defer the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. The council, meeting urgently at the foreign ministers’ level to discuss ICC arrest warrant, expressed dismay for the ICC decision and said it did not consider justice, stability and peace in Sudan. The council voiced solidarity with Sudan against any plans undermining the sovereignty, unity and independence of Sudan.

The foreign ministers underlined in a statement importance of the independence of the Sudanese judiciary. They refused any attempt to politicize the principles of the international justice which would jeopardize the unity, sovereignty and independence of countries around the world. They regretted the fact that article 16 of the Rome statute of the ICC was not provoked thus delay the arrest warrant for 12 months. They asserted that heads of state enjoy immunity in accordance with the 1961 Vienna agreement.

The arrest warrant does not consider the implementation of the peace agreement in Southern Sudan and preparation for the general elections in the second half of this year, said the ministers. The Arab foreign ministers urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to live up its responsibility to preserving peace and stability in Sudan. They called on regional and international parties to provide suitable atmosphere for the political settlement between the Sudanese government and rebel groups in Darfur.

May God bless the work of their hands and their hearts.

March 8, 2009 - Posted by | Africa, Charity, Cross Cultural, Dharfur, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, News, Political Issues, Sudan

2 Comments »

  1. Why don’t they provide relief to Sulaibiya?

    Comment by Desert Girl | March 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. LOL, Desert Girl. The Sudan kicked out all the NGO’s who are the only ones reporting any of the realities in Dharfur. I think having the Kuwait Red Crescent society go in does two great things – it helps the poorest of the poor, at the mercy of a ruthless campaign to eradicate their very existence – and it educates the Kuwaitis as to the realities of Dharfur. I believe God can use the worst circumstances for the best results, and I have to believe sending Kuwaities to alleviate the crisis will be a very great thing.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 8, 2009 | Reply


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