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At UN, India's Sen Slated for UN's Responsibility to Protect Post, Diplomats Say, "Demeaning," Wondering, For or Against R2P?

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, April 3, updated April 6 -- The diplomatic corps at the UN in New York was abuzz Friday with word that the UN seeks to appoint Nirupam Sen, the outgoing Ambassador of India, as a Senior Special Advisor on three issues, including the so-called "Responsibility to Protect" or R2P. As one African ambassador told Inner City Press, Sen was opposed the the UN's R2P proposals when they were made. "This demeans the value of Ambassadors," the African diplomat said. But his comments were apparently based on the misapprehension that the appointment was by Ban Ki-moon, to  be a proponent of R2P. In fact, the quiet appointment was by the President of the General Assembly Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, seemingly to raise questions about R2P.

  The other two issues, he said, are the global financial crisis and the revitalization of the General Assembly. Sen was highly critical of Ban's plan for Nepal, in an open session of the Security Council. Might this explain in part d'Escoto's willingness to hire him on so quickly?

India's Sen as Ambassador, R2P not shown

  Or, as another Ambassador made a point of saying to Inner City Press, if Responsibility to Protect has any meaning, it must apply in northern Sri Lanka. And who is more responsible to apply it than India?

  Another instant adviser, UNDP's previous Administrator Kemal Dervis, was given a post by Ban Ki-moon in the run-up to the three day G-20 meeting, without the UN announcing it until Inner City Press asked at a noon briefing about it. Click here for that story.

  Click here for a new YouTube video, mostly UN Headquarters footage, about civilian deaths in Sri Lanka.

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