UNertia

The US isn’t doing enough in Sudan, but at least we’re trying to do something. But, once again, the UN stands in the way of making it an international effort (my emphasis):

Having faced opposition from seven countries in the 15-member U.N. Security Council, U.S. officials on Thursday revised the draft resolution for the third time and deleted the word “sanctions.”

But the measure still carries the threat of unspecified sanctions against Khartoum in 30 days through more cumbersome language, such as pointing to provisions in the U.N. Charter on economic, communications or diplomatic sanctions.

“The initial draft included the word sanctions. It turns out that the use of that word is objectionable to certain members of the Security Council,” U.S. Ambassador John Danforth told reporters. “They would rather use ‘U.N. speak’ for exactly the same thing.”

The feet draggers are Pakistan, Russia, China, Brazil, Philippines, Angola, and Algeria. Interestingly enough France now says it will co-sponsor the measure. Good for them.

Meanwhile, Sudan fires back with a threat to sue BBC.

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