ABC News reports: Jan Pronk, a former Dutch diplomat, wrote Oct. 14 on his personal Web blog that the government forces had lost “two major battles” in Darfur where they have been waging a counterinsurgency against rebels from the western region’s ethnic African population. Because of this blog Sudan demands apology from U.N. envoy over ‘unacceptable’ comments on Darfur.
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In New York, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the world body has no formal communication from Sudan that Pronk has been declared persona non-grata. The United Nations requires staff to get permission before publishing books but has no rules about blogs, he said.
“There are no specific staff regulations on the use of personal blogs by U.N. staff members but we do expect those staff members to exercise proper judgment in what they include,” Dujarric said.