World Bulletin/News Desk
Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said Sunday that his government does not plan to escalate its dispute with the United Nations, but insisted that Khartoum will not reverse its decision to expel two senior UN officials from the country.
"We don't intend to escalate the situation and we are committed to implementing UN charter," Karti said in a press conference in capital Khartoum.
He said that the two UN officials had been expelled due to their "violation of UN charter".
"If there is any flaw in the performance of the UN staff, the [Sudanese] government has the right to deport them," he added.
On Thursday, Sudanese authorities asked UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Sudan Ali al-Za'tari to leave the country, one day after extending a similar request for UNDP Country Director Yvonne Helle.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the Sudanese move, calling on Khartoum to "immediately reverse its decision."
Commenting on the UN chief's call for Sudan to reverse its decision, Karti said that the Sudanese government "will not reverse the expulsion, as Sudan is a sovereign country."
Karti also added that his government has the right to follow up on UN funds being spent on projects in Sudan.
As for the Sudan's request for the UNAMID forces to leave the western Darfur region, Karti said they "will discuss the issue with the leadership of the mission after the Christmas holiday," without providing further details.
Last month, the Sudanese government unveiled a plan to replace foreign humanitarian workers with Sudanese personnel. It said the plan would go into effect next year after a partnership agreement was reached with the UN to address the country's humanitarian needs.
Around 21 UN-affiliated humanitarian agencies currently operate in Sudan, along with 104 other foreign organizations. The activities of most of these organizations focus on conflict areas, especially those in the southern Darfur region.Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Aralık 2014, 12:36