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At UN, No Answers on Myanmar or Sudan Abuse, Malvinas Moonlighting

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 16 -- From Sudan to Myanmar through Nepal, there are simply no answers these days from Ban Ki-moon's UN.

  On February 15, Inner City Press asked Ban's Deputy Spokesman Eduardo del Buey for the UN's response to South Sudenese complaints of misdeed by Sudan, where the UN has two peacekeeping missions and at least one dedicated envoy. But neither then nor at the next day's noon briefing did the UN have any comment.

   Likewise, even with Ban's chief of staff Vijay Nambiar in Myanmar, the UN had no response to that country's supposed human rights commission refusing to probe allegations of widespread military abuse in the Kachin and other ethnic areas.

  Would Nambiar, who has refused repeated requests to answer questions from the Press, do a briefing upon his return. Del Buey said he would ask, but provided no update at the next day's noon briefing.

  Then, Inner City Press asked about a plea for UN protection from two former UN officials in Nepal, Kanak Mani Dixit and Kul Chandra Gautam, and their criticism of Ban's reported involvement in a Buddha (and reportedly tourism) related project in Lumbini. Inner City Press has previously asked about Ban's involvement in this project, without answer. And at February 16 noon briefing there was no answer either.

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Ban in Lumbini, Iam Martin by copter but answers not shown

  When Inner City Press asked about complaints it has received and reported on from UN Department of Political Affairs whistleblowers about Ban's Argentine Assistant Secretary General Oscar Ferandez-Taranco spending much time working on his own country's interest in the Malvinas or Falkland Islands, Del Buey said the UN doesn't comment on rumors.

  One, that's not true; two, it is a factual question, whether the UN has at least prior to Ban had a policy against its officials working on or in their own countries, and how much time Ferandez-Taranco has so far spent on the Malvinas. We'll see.

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