Ban's Korea-Less Speech Was For Re-Election, NJ Wrong
Venue, It Says
November 24 -- “Do you think the Secretary General would
give a re-election speech at a university in New Jersey?” Ban
Ki-moon's spokesperson Farhan Haq asked Inner City Press on
Wednesday, two days after Ban's “major
policy address” at Seton
speech, replete with first person references to the effect of “I
saved people in Myanmar,” was described a warm up, or off Broadway
working out the kinks of, a re-election speech. Suggestion to speech
writer Mike Meyer: next time, try to include more about Korea. And
it's better to acknowledge UN failures, from the mass rapes in Congo
to the shooting of civilians in Haiti, than to ignore them.
Seton Hall on Monday compared Ban's crowd unfavorably to one drawn by
Tony Blair. The questions, as it happens, were pre-screened so as to
not be controversial.
asked Haq on November 24 if any thought
had been given to including
Korea in the speech, given that even days before Ban delivered it,
the focus of reporters covering the Security Council was on North
Korea and nuclear non proliferation. Haq pointed to Ban's November
statement, a day after the
was asked why
Ban, in expressing his “utmost concern” about North Korea to
Security Council president Mark Lyall Grant, had not asked a meeting
on the topic, as he could under Article 99 of the UN Charter. Video
UN's Ban admires his award: it's a Jersey thing
asked about a Korean
Peninsula / DPRK Policy Committee memo and
meeting scheduled for December 6. We don't comment on leaked
documents, Haq said, before saying that no senior official had seen
So is there a
unit in the UN Department of Political
Affairs which drafts memos for Ban's Policy Committee?
if this is the
Ban administration's attitude to New Jersey, why did Ban go there to
receive an honorary degree -- which Haq declined to confirm, hours
before it was awarded -- and to deliver a policy speech across the
Hudson River? Watch this site.
November 24 transcript:
Press: I notice in the speech the Secretary-General gave at
Seton Hall didn’t really seem to, other than a sort of historical
reference to the UN having helped Korea in the past, there seems to
have been no mention of events, whether positive or negative, in
terms of Korea. I guess I wonder — at the time the speech was
given, there was already a lot of discussion at the Security Council
of proliferation in Korea. Was there any, in retrospect it looks
like this seems to be a big, a kind of a missing, an elephant in the
room in terms of that speech, which some people have described as a
Spokesperson Farhan Haq: Not every topic needs to come up in
every speech that the Secretary-General gives. The Secretary-General
spoke quite forcefully on the question of the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea just yesterday, and I would refer you to what he
said. Beyond that, of course, we have a long-standing concern for
the suffering people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,
particularly women and children.
Press: But I guess I wanted to — if you could, and you’re
very good at explaining these things. That speech seemed to only
portray, there didn’t seem to be any kind of self-criticism of,
let’s say, doubts that have arisen in Haiti, or the mass rapes in
the Congo. Everything was “the UN is needed and is doing its job,
it’s excellent”, and some people have described it as a
re-election speech. Is that how we should read that speech? Seton
Hall said it was going to be a major policy statement.
Spokesperson: You’re suggesting that the Secretary-General
of the United Nations would do a re-election speech at a university
in New Jersey?
Press: I guess I am asking you.
Spokesperson: I think your question answers itself.
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& Worries, UN Ban Silent in NJ Speech, Hours After White House
23, updated -- With North and South Korea exchanging fire
amid renewed concern about North Korea's nuclear program, UN
Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon's November 22 speech at Seton Hall,
billed alternately as a major policy address or Ban's re-election
speech, mentioned Korea only once, in passing and in an entirely
help the helpless to help themselves, just as the UN did for Korea
many decades ago,” Ban said, before praising his own performance in
Myanmar and Darfur.
before Ban gave his major / re-election speech, the wires and
UN press corps were full of news of North Korea and its nuclear
program. Still, no one in Ban's team modified the speech.
Ban speech this month, lagging behind the news
4:30 am on
November 23, the US White House issued a statement on the Korean
shooting. Four hours later, still nothing out of Ban's UN
Secretariat. Watch this space.
am -- Ban Ki-moon has announced that he has “conveyed his
utmost concern to the President of the Security Council.” But
President Mark Lyall Grant told the Press no one has requested a
meeting on the Korea shootout. S-Gs can request Council meetings,
under Article 99 of the UN Charter. So what does utmost mean? What is
ut-ter than utmost? Watch this site.
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UN Ban Speech Ignores Haiti, Congo & Sri Lanka, Brags
22 -- When Seton Hall hosted UN Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon on Monday, it told the Press to expect a “major policy
address entitled, 'Can the UN Deliver What the World Needs?'”
a time when
for example the UN is
accused of playing a role in the introduction
and spread of cholera in Haiti, and has killed at least one Haitian
demonstrator, one expected this issue to at least be mentioned in the
major policy address. But Ban's speech, as distributed under embargo
to the UN press corps, did not even mention Haiti.
praised his and the UN's role in Myanmar and went on that “We
did the same in Darfur. For years, conflict raged... today, the
mission continues to protect civilians.” This right after the slaughter
at Tawila, which even Ban acknowledged raised issues about
the UN peacekeepers freedom of movement and protection of civilians.
Ban did not
a country where he has been burned in effigy and where after
tens of thousands of deaths, the International Crisis Group said the
UN's inaction should be investigated.
a mention of
rapes in Eastern Congo, and the UN peacekeepers' inaction.
After each of these incidents, the UN has said it can and will do
better. But this is soon forgotten, not even mentioned amid the self
is described in house as Ban's re-election speech: "all the great
things I have done" (and none of the short falls, none of the need to
or commitment to reform - spin, in short.)
An Inner City
Press correspondent at the speech reports on questions about the South
Sudan referendum, Afghanistan and terrorism, still nothing on cholera
in Haiti, mass rape in the Congo.
Ban at a recent speech, re-election not shown
press briefing, Ban's acting deputy spokesman was asked if Ban would
be receiving an honorary degree, as Seton Hall itself had been
announcing since last week. Haq would not confirm it. But the speech,
even as embargoed, began with thanks for the award. Ah,
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Into Crowds, Says Its Only Focus Is Future, Not How
-- With protesters in Haiti
still blaming the UN for
the deadly cholera outbreak, and UN
fire on the crowds, at UN headquarters on Monday Inner City Press
asked the UN's interim humanitarian coordinator for Haiti Nigel
Fisher why the UN had not acted to fully investigate reports of UN
peacekeepers' roles in bringing or spreading the disease. Video here,
“My focus is on
how to stop” the disease, Fisher replied. But even the UN's deputy
special envoy Paul Farmer denounced this approach, call it more
politics than science. Beyond being anti scientific, it appears in
this case that the UN's attempts to brush off complaints and not
fully investigate them has come back to haunt the UN, as suspicions
have only grown.
when the last time cholera had been present in
Haiti. “There has never before been cholera in Haiti,” Fisher
manipulation” the claims by the Mayor
of Mirebalais that the disease may have come from the UN Peacekeeping
base there, staffed by peacekeepers from Nepal. But the Centers for
Disease Control, even Fisher acknowledged Monday, said the strain is
a strain which originated in South Asia.
Nigel Fisher by video, facts on MINUSTAH role not
shown, (c) MRLee
system say that even looking into the role of the peacekeepers from
Nepal is somehow racist. But political correctness can lead to riots
in which UN peacekeepers are shooting into crowds of Haitians. Which
is worse? Watch this site.
for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters
footage, about civilian
in Sri Lanka.
Click here for Inner City
Press' March 27 UN debate
Click here for Inner City
Press March 12 UN (and AIG
Click here for Inner City
Press' Feb 26 UN debate
Click here for Inner City Press' Jan.
16, 2009 debate about Gaza
Click here for Inner City Press'
review-of-2008 UN Top Ten debate
Click here for Inner
City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger
Click here from Inner City Press'
December 12 debate on UN double standards
Click here for Inner
City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics
and this October 17 debate, on
Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an
undefined trust fund. Video
are listed here,
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