As UN Plans $100 Million Bunker
in Iraq, UNrest in Haiti and Cote d'Ivoire
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, February 3 -- The
UN's envoy to Iraq Staffan de Mistura Tuesday painted a rosy picture of
elections in Iraq, and described the UN's planned $100 million campus
a signal that the international community believes in the future
Iraq. Inner City Press asked about reports of voter confusion and corruption
Ninewa province, particularly in Mosul, and about the curfew in
effect in Anbar
Mistura countered with a
rise in Sunni turn out from two to 42 percent, and did not comment on
corruption. Nor would he say how much the
headquarters would cost. Rather, he emphasized that it would not be
"luxurious," but more than "campers or containers covered with
sandbags." Video here,
from Minute 12:30.
While sources have raised questions to Inner City
Press about the
ability of the UN and its Department of Field Support to manage a $100
project in such an environment, DFS chief Susana Malcorra on Tuesday
told Inner City Press it is the UN Mission in Iraq, UNAMI, which will
project, with DFS and the Procurement Division in New York providing
She disagreed that this would be DFS' largest project -- the so-called Super
Camps in Darfur come to mind.
UN's de Mistura sees how ballots are cast,
$100 M bunker not shown
Inner City Press asked Ms. Malcorra about reports of
staff unrest in the
UN Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, about which a question has been pending
UN for five days. Malcorra shook her head, yes there is tension there,
thinks can be resolved. Sources tell Inner City Press that
international UN staff
face a reduction in benefits.
Also on Tuesday, UN deputy spokesperson Marie Okabe
announced that still
the UN Mission in the Congo is understaffed. Inner City Press asked if
has been asked for peacekeepers, given that Congo has said it does not
troops from India.
Inner City Press also asked if the UN has any comment on
renewed fighting by rebels in the Ivory Coast, alongside the planned
300 French solider there. On both counts, Ms. Okabe answered, "Let's
DPKO." Yes, let's.
For five days,
the Haiti and unrest questions have been pending, along with one about
purported grown in Afghanistan. We will wait for
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