Forced out of Cote d'Ivoire, Flees to Nigeria, Will Brief
Russell Lee, Exclusive
December 6 -- UN envoy Y.J. Choi has been forced to leave
Cote d'Ivoire and is now in Nigeria, UN Security Council sources told
Inner City Press on Monday afternoon in New York. Choi is scheduled
to brief the Council on Tuesday, but for now it will not be from
within the country.
after Choi opined that Ouattara was the winner of the election,
Laurent Gbagbo's Ambassador to the UN threatened Choi with expulsion.
That afternoon, the Security Council was unable to issue even a
press statement. Multiple sources told Inner City Press that Russia
demanded more time to check with Moscow before voting on the
Choi at UN previously, flight to Nigeria not shown
Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong told Inner City Press that China thinks
that the two parties have to learn to share. Now, Ouattara is
he would name Gbagbo allies as his ministers.
been forced to leave. That the UN has said nothing, and the Council
may not, is something new. Watch this site.
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d'Ivoire, Gbagbo Prefers UN Abou Moussa to Choi, UNSC Unlit
December 3 -- On Cote d'Ivoire,
the lack of planning by the
UN, France and US became evident on Friday as in New York the US,
even as President, was unable to get a Security Council statement or
meeting, as UN envoy Choi was threatened with expulsion from Ivory
Coast by Laurent Gbagbo.
Inner City Press was told by Ivorian diplomats that Gbagbo will
inaugurate himself as president on Saturday. Meanwhile, UN sources
say that all electrical source will be turned off in the Security
Council over the weekend, with provisions to move any emergency
meeting to Conference Room 3 in the UN's North Lawn building, where
the Council has never met.
Permanent Representative explained to Inner City Press that all
along, Gbagbo has wanted to replace Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's
envoy Choi with his deputy, Abou Moussa from Chad. Now may be the
African Perm Rep told Inner City Press that the African Union had found
many more flaws in the voting in the North of Cote d'Ivoire than found
by the UN or other observers, and said this would become known "in
diplomats Inner City Press spoke with, as well as several African
Permanent Representatives, questioned Choi's and Ban Ki-moon's and
“even” Obama's “rush” to coronate Ouattara. “The UN didn't
do that when the (Republican - leaning) US Supreme Court decided for
Bush over Gore,” one of them pointed out.
“We will fly
flag of sovereignty!” exclaimed an African Permanent
Representative, linking the UN's “lack of planning” in Cote
d'Ivoire with its being ejected from Chad and, mostly, from the
Democratic Republic of the Congo. “We will throw the UN out!”
UN's Abou Moussa, Ban & Stoudmann- was Choi a
senior staff consulted by Inner City Press lamented the way it was
playing out, and blamed some of it on Choi, saying that an SRSG more
experienced in UN peacekeeping would have been better. “This will
blow back on Ban Ki-moon,” one of them said.
ran from these interviews to the press area to write, skipping the
Cuban Mission party. But in the UN press area a sign announced “This
area will be closed from Saturday, 4 December 8:00 am UNTIL Sunday 5
December 6:00 am.” So if they want press coverage, the Security
Council meeting or stake out if they want one will be on Sunday.
Watch this site.
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Moves to Eject UN Choi from Ivory Coast, No UNSC Action
Under US, Only Obama Statement
December 3, upstead -- In Ivory Coast,
Laurent Gbagbo's adviser and
Ambassador to the UN Alcide Djedje has threatened to throw out of the
country UN envoy Y.J. Choi after Choi rejected the decision of the
Gbagbo dominated Constitutional Council that Gbagbo won the run off
election, 51% to 49% over Alassane Ouattara.
hours after the UN Security Council, led this month by the US, had
begun to call a meeting, then stood down. Inner City Press observed
and reported the preparations for the meeting.
City Press can now report
that a video link was established, and a UN Mission in Cote d'Ivoire
official appeared on screen, ready to speak to the Council.
the US never
convened the Council to meeting. Another Permanent Five ambassador
told Inner City Press on Friday afternoon that the US had said, only
a press statement, no meeting.
fairly or unfairly even wondered
if the US decision not to call a meeting despite the “crisis” in
Ivory Coast was related to Permanent Representative Susan Rice not
being in New York.
11:50 am, Inner
City Press asked the US Mission to the UN to confirm or deny by
e-mail that there would be a Council meeting. Not having any response
for an hour, Inner City Press asked again, including a question on
Sudan, and was told that it would be called.
that time, apparently more friendly press was told that there would be
meeting, but rather a press statement read by Brooke Anderson.
as 6 pm has
passed, no meeting, and no UN Security Council press statement read by
Brooke Anderson. (Also, no answer on 12
SPLM soldiers killed in Sudan.)
Mission had not informed UN staff still in waiting that they could go
home (perhaps to return this weekend).
African diplomat told Inner City Press at the stakeout that some
countries, like his, wanted to check that all had been done correctly,
including in Choi's statement.
UN Choi & Gbagbo in 2007, threat to eject not shown
5:15 pm e-mailed out a copy of a statement by US
President Obama, hailing Ouattara's win and calling on Gbagbo to
respect the result.
has Barak Obama
become the Security Council? What explains the Council's failure to
meet, and failure to even issue a press statement?
Some of those
surrounding the Council have been told to be "on alert" for a Council
meeting, or at least read out of a UNSC statement by some US
Ambassador, over the weekend...