At UN, Ban's Iran Answer Is Banned from
Transcripts, Darfur Contacts Denied, Understaffing Unexplained
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at
the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, April 20 -- The UN puts online
transcripts of its press briefings and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's
once-a-month interactions with the press. But the transcripts are
and altered, as can be seen be comparing the real time video to the
transcript. On April 15, Ban was asked a question about the situation
and an upcoming meeting in Kuwait. Video here,
at Minute 13:25. Ban responded about Iraq's
neighbor, Iran, that "Iranian authorities should fully comply with the
most relevant Security Council resolutions," adding that he is
with the progress" of Iranian authorities in complying with the
International Atomic Energy Agency. Video here,
from Minute 13:35. Then his spokesperson Michele
Montas whispered that the question had concerned not Iran but Iraq, and
gave a brief answer, which is the only part of
the answer that the UN's
Q: What are your comments on the
situation in Iraq, and what would be your message to Iraq's neighbors
meeting next week in Kuwait?
SG: This is going to be a very
important meeting. Unfortunately for me, I will not be able to
person, because of a scheduling problem. As I said, I am going to visit
countries exactly on that day, therefore I am going to dispatch
Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. B. Lynn Pascoe. But
going to convene, and myself preside over an International Compact with
[meeting] in late May, May 29th , in Stockholm.
responses about Iran, clearly visible on the video, are simply excised
UN's written transcript.
Inner City Press: Anyone can make a mistake. But if
this gets erased, what
else is being
Mr. Ban on April 15, Iran response not shown,
questions not taken
this past week, the UN Spokesperson's office in response to questions
Inner City Press denied published reports of a South Korean advance
Darfur, exploring that country providing peacekeepers there. On April
City Press asked Ms. Montas -- according to the transcript -- whether
either confirm or
find out if South Korea has sent military advisors to Darfur with an
towards joining the UNAMID force? Is that the case?
can try to get the information for you.
later confirmed that the Republic of Korea has not sent military
the Korea Times quotes
a ministry of national defense spokesman that four
officials went to Darfur on April 11:
The government dispatched an on-site
inspection team Friday to Sudan's Darfur region to prepare for the
deployment of peacekeeping troops there, an official of the Ministry of
National Defense (MND) said. The team, involving officials of the MND,
Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will
week-long inspection of the security conditions for South Korea's
contribution to international efforts to maintain peace in the region,
official said on condition of anonymity. 'The team will meet with
the Sudanese government and the U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force
to discuss South Korean troops' presence in the region,' the official
April 16, Inner
City Press again asked Ms.
In the meeting with
President Lee, did they discuss the idea of South Korea become part of
No, what they had discussed would be support on the part of the
Korea on peacekeeping operations in general.
Inner City Press: There
in South Korean press that there was a team of four South Korean
military people in Darfur, trying to scope out whether they could be a
cannot confirm that.
Bigger picture on Darfur, Inner City Press asked
Question: I was
told that, in terms of the civilian international staff that UNAMID is
in Darfur, that, thus far, 30 per cent of the posts that have been
the General Assembly have been filled. Is that because it is hard
people, or are they only staffing up as peacekeepers arrive? What
relation between those posts and the arrival of the peacekeepers?
can get the details for you.
waiting -- we'll have more on this story, watch this site.
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