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At UN, Ban Eyes Kim for Disarmament, Sources Tell ICP, Would Swirl Kane to DPI, Gilmore Rewarded

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, March 2 -- The five year "mobility" rule of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has yet to be applied, although various officials from Ban's first term have been told to prepare to move on before mid-2012, and some positions have been advertised in The Economist.

  Ban's main adviser is Kim Won-soo, who has technically held the position of "Deputy Chef de Cabinet" behind Vijay Nambiar. Now sources close to Ban tell Inner City Press that Ban has been urged to, at least on paper, apply his five year rule to Kim -- "Mister Kim" as he is known -- and thereby to "diversify" his cabinet.

  But what is Ban without Kim? Therefore, the sources tell Inner City Press, a very Ban-like (or Kim-like) sleight of hand is being envisioned.

  With the UN's post Disarmament post being vacated by the Brazilian Duarte, and despite competing candidacy by, among others, the Permanent Representatives of the Philippines and Peru and the need to move the German chief of Management Angela Kane somewhere, now the sources say Kim is being eyed for Disarmament.

  This way Kim could remain close to Ban, with some time on his hands; there is even a reference to the DPRK North Korea, a key issue to both Kim and Ban, eying South Korea in five years the sources say.

  Under this scenario, where would Kane go, and what would Brazil get?

  The sources say, with some disbelief, that Kane could get the Department of Public Information, soon to be vacated by Japan's Kiyotaka Akasaka. Japan could get Kane's Department of Management position, perhaps with the taciturn Jun Yamazaki, who serves apparently without complaint on the UN Senior Advisory Group on Peacekeeping Operations along with Sri Lankan General Shavendra Silva, whose Division 58 is depicted in Ban's Panel of Experts report as engaged in war crimes.

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Kim, behind Ban's head, Nambiar more publicly points the way

  Brazil could get DESA, the key development post, while China could shift (back) to the Department of General Assembly and Conference Affairs, a more visible or at least televised post.

  With Egypt losing DGACM, sources have told Inner City Press that Mubarak era Egyptian Permanent Representative to the UN Maged Abdelaziz, a fixture in Group of 77 and NAM negotiations, is pushing hard for the long vacant Special Adviser on Africa post.

   Inner City Press asked Maged to confirm or deny this, at this week's Togolese end of Security Council presidency bash in the UN's -- or Aramark's -- new party tent by the river, but he smiled and declined to comment.

  Meanwhile even those jobs doled out so far by Ban Ki-moon are not without controversy. The deputy post in UNFPA, the UN Population Fund, was given on February 22 to "Kate Gilmore of Australia."

  The biography the UN circulated listed her time as Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International without mentioning or apparently considering the payola controversy when Ms. Gilmore and Irene Khan left Amnesty in 2009-2010.

  Gilmore was given 300,000 pounds, which even Amnesty's own review subsequently called "excessive." Some in Amnesty and elsewhere wonder if any will be returned now that Gilmore's been given by Ban Ki-moon this UN system sinecure. Watch this site.

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