Rep Predicts Cairo in Cote d'Ivoire, Says Zuma Should
Defer to Panel Chair Mauritania
16, updated -- With banks and the stock exchange closing in
Cote d'Ivoire, at the UN the Alassane
Ouattara Ambassador Yousoufou
Bamba told Inner City Press of defiant leader Laurent Gbagbo that
“after the conclusion of the [African Union] Panel, he has to go,
he will go forcibly, the people will pour into the streets.”
Abidjan is analogue to Cairo or Tunis is open to question. Bamba
also spoke to Inner City Press about the recent statements and
upcoming travel of South African president Jacob Zuma.
the leadership,” Bamba said. “He shouldn't -- there is a chair,
Mauritania.” He said that Blaise Campoure, the President of
Burkina Faso, will remind him.
out that Zuma has not called for a vote recount. “Yet,”
one could hear.
Africa's press release repeatedly notes Mauritania's leadership, here. But see
article, "SA moves to neutral stance on Ivory Coast vote."]
Inner City Press asked about Laurent Gbagbo's lawsuit against ECOWAS
declaring Ouattara the winner, that it is surprising to see Gbagbo
suddenly become interested in the rule of law.
UN's Ban Ki-moon and Bamba at swear-in, (c) MRLee
has yet to answer Inner City Press' questions about the delay in
getting the attack helicopters and troops from UNMIL into Cote
d'Ivoire. Inner City Press asked for confirmation of Ukraine's demand
that the copter fly in pairs, and that DPKO had to travel to Niger,
Togo and a third unnamed country to drum up the troops -- which were
supposed to be Liberia. These questions should be answered.
City Press has asked, has lead UN envoy in Cote d'Ivoire Choi
Young-jin not filed public financial disclosure, which Ban Ki-moon
has claimed 99% of his officials have done? Watch this site.
Footnote: at the
Committee to Protect Journalists' press conference at the UN on
February 15, Inner City Press asked for CPJ's review of the UN's action
on press freedom in Cote d'Ivoire. CPJ's Joel Simon said that the UN's
statements about incitement to violence by Ivorian state media seemed
"ad hoc" and that a better approach is needed. He did not comment on
the UN's strange silence on the arrest of journalists Sanogo
and Charly. We'll see.
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Says Month Too Long, Chad Too Far,
Gbagbo Cut Lights
-- As the UN
Council agreed on elements
to the press deferring to the African Union's High Level Panel on
Cote d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara's ambassador Yousoufou Bamba told
Inner City Press that the AU outcoming “wasn't quite progress.”
City Press on the steps outside the Council
chamber, Bamba said “one month is too long,” referring to the
time given to the AU Panel. “It gives time to Gbagbo,” Bamba
about the inclusion by the AU on its panel of Idriss Deby of
Chad. “Too far,” Bamba replied. He might have said the same of
South Africa, which proposed the Council press statement.
reports of water and electricity cut off to Abobo and other Ouattara
strong holds, Inner City Press asked Bamba if he thought Gbagbo was
behind them. Yes, he said, “and also to the North, every night.
Doing so, let us say, he is losing his last support.”
Young-jin had been billed for an on camera stakeout, but did not do
it. Several UN correspondents complained. Inner City Press rushed
back from the UN noon briefing to find
Mr. Choi speaking off camera to three reporters. While we will aim to
have more on that, Inner City Press asked about the two journalists
arrested after flying with the UN from Bouake to Abidjan.
landed and were in a taxi when arrested. Why was the UN flying them?
Choi said the UN has been flying people for Gbagbo and Ouattara for
some time. And still for Gbagbo? “If he asks,” said Choi.
of the helicopters voted on by the Council two weeks ago, of
which Inner City Press reported this morning that Ukraine's
parliament has now approved. Bamba confirmed this. (The Brazilian
President of the Council said it had not come up, when Inner City
Press asked after the press statement.)
said he called the Prime Minister at 2 am while patrolling Abobo.
Others say there will be a big Korean reception in New York,
including Choi, when Ban Ki-moon returns. We'll see.
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UN, S. Africa Proposes Elements on AU, Ukraine Copter
-- As the UN Security Council met Friday about
Cote d'Ivoire, the closed doors consultations left many questions
hanging. After Inner City Press for three days
asked the UN why the
helicopters voted on by the Council on January 21 were still not in
Abidjan, the reason became clear, not from the UN but Kiev.
approved the shift of copters from Liberia to Ivory
Coast - click here.
Why didn't the UN just say that?
Alassane Ouattara's Ambassador Bamba about the two journalists,
reportedly Forces Nouvelles affiliated, whom the UN transported on
January 28 from Bouake to Abidjan, where they were arrested as
rebels. I don't have anything on that, Ambassador Bamba said.
called the case an “outrage” - but the UN and Choi
Young-jin have yet to. Mr. Choi has said he will talk to the Press
after the consultations.
member's Permanent Representative emerged and told Inner City Press
that South Africa is proposing a Council press statement (actually,
elements to the press) in support
of the African Union mediation including South African President
Jacob Zuma. Another diplomat shook his head and said this would “make
Zuma & UN's Ban, recount of Gbagbo-Ouattara
votes not yet shown
unceremonious ouster of the Office of the
Spokesperson for the Secretary General under Martin Nesirky, on
Friday representatives of UNESCO and, it was said, UNICEF were told
they could not even wait in the Quiet Room of the Council. Paranoia,
one agency rep called it. And so it goes.
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on Cote d'Ivoire Resolution Has Bamba Staying Silent,
Speaks Afterwards to Inner City Press
As the UN
Council on Wednesday
morning belatedly adopted a resolution increasing UN forces and focus
in Cote d'Ivoire, the new Alassane Ouattara appointed Ambassador
Yousoufou Bamba sat at the Council table but did not speak.
the UN troops four week period ran out and the resolution was
supposed to be adopted, arguments in the Council's closed door
consultations focused on the procedural question of whether
Ouattara's Ambassador Bamba could sit at the Council's horseshoe
table, and if he could speak.
as demanding that the phrase “without prejudice to
the freedom of expression” be added before a call to halt
Radiodiffusion Television Ivoirienne (RFI) from “incit[ing] hatred
and violence, including against the UN and particularly UNOCI.”
meeting for the vote approving the amended resolution but did not
speak, Inner City Press sent Bamba a text message asking for his
reasons. He emerged from the Council and told Inner City Press, “I
voluntarily chose not to speak, with the support of the African
members, not to create a breach in the unity of the Council.”
Inner City Press by the Permanent Representative of an
African country not currently on the Council that it was mostly South
Africa which implored Bamba not to speak, in order they said that the
world not see that the Council is not, in fact, united.
about Russia's demand that “without prejudice to the
freedom of expression” be added to the resolution. Bamba said
that's “not to silence their side” -- seeming to say that the
Gbagbo “side” is Russia's side.
back to tell Inner City Press that “on behalf of the
Ouattara administration,” he appreciates the increase in UNOCI's
“defensive force” - he pointed at the phrase about “three armed
helicopters with crews from UNMIL” as he said this -- and the RTI
paragraph and “especially,” he said “the lifting of the
blockage of the Golf Hotel without delay.” We'll see.
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footage, about civilian
in Sri Lanka.
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City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger
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December 12 debate on UN double standards
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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
some are available
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