UN Won't Confirm Hiring Vandewalle, Defers to France on
July 1 -- On Libya, the UN
Secretariat's approach under Ban
Ki-moon has been stealth to say the least. When Ban appointed Al
Khatib as his envoy, he wouldn't say if Al Khatib was still getting
paid by Jordan, where he remains a Senator, or even if Al Khatib is a
UN staff member.
Press learned that Ban has appointed Ian Martin as an Special Adviser
on “post-transition” Libya. But Ban's spokesperson's office
declined to confirm the hiring, or even to say if Martin is an Under
has announced that
Vandewalle, associate professor of government and adjunct associate
professor at the Tuck School of Business, has been appointed
Political Advisor to United Nations Special Advisor Ian Martin.
Martin is coordinating the U.N.’s post-conflict planning for Libya.
Vandewalle’s task through July 2011 is to provide expertise and
advice on initial and final drafts of proposals made by U.N.
July 1, Inner
City Press asked Ban's acting deputy spokesman Farhan Haq to confirm
the hiring of Vandewalle, an author on Libya who has testified to the
US Congress, and to describe the recruitment process.
would not or
could not even confirm that Vandewalle had been hired by the UN,
something already announced by Dartmouth. We'll have more on this.
if it is Ban's Secretariat's position that Libya
Resolution 1973 doesn't require prior notification of the Secretary
General for, as France has, dropping weapons into Libya, and how Ban
interprets the word “immediate” as applied to notification in the
Vandewalle by Dartmouth wall, UN recruitment and
confirmation not shown
on June 1 when a correspondent
approached French Ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud and asked about
France's weapons drop into Libya, Araud told the correspondent “I
have nothing to say on that.” (With France-friendly media, Araud
has spouted defenses of the weapons drop.)
Secretariat's involvement in the military action in Libya was
supposed to make it more legitimate, it may not be working out: Ban
is not requiring even notification, is not transparent about when
notifications are received, and won't even confirm the hiring of an
adviser on post-transition Libya. Watch this site.
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UN Is Asked If Ban Notified of Arms into Libya, Says “Ask
June 30 -- The day after French
armed forces spokesman
Thierry Burkhard “said guns, rocket-propelled grenades and
munitions were parachuted in to rebels in the Nafusa mountains” by
the French government, Inner City Press asked UN deputy spokesman
Farhan Haq if Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received any notification
from France of its weapons drops.
Haq tried to
say it is only up to the Security Council and its Libya sanctions
committee. But Inner City Press read from
Resolution 1973, on the
arms embargo and protection of civilians, which only
Member States that have notified the Secretary-General, acting
nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, and
acting in cooperation with the Secretary-General, to take all
necessary measures, notwithstanding paragraph 9 of resolution 1970
(2011), to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under
threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya... requests the
Member States concerned to inform the Secretary-General
immediately of the measures they take pursuant to the
authorization conferred by this paragraph.”
Press reiterated the question, which is one of fact and not
interpretation: has Ban Ki-moon gotten been informed by France, by
means of the requested notification, of this weapons drop allegedly
to protect civilians?
“You could ask
the government of France who they did or did not notify,”
said Haq, Ban's deputy spokesman. This represents a total abdication
of Ban of the role assigned to him in Resolution 1973.
Ambassador Gerard Araud did not come to the UN Security Council on
June 30 after the news broken, instead sending his deputy Martin Briens
Syrian lack of compliance with resolutions, even using the word
“hypocrisy” without any seeming irony or self-consciousness.
Sarkozy glad-hands Ban, notification under
1973 and top DPKO post not shown
(In any event,
Araud is demonstrably
loath to speak on the record, having done only three on camera
stakeouts during May when France was Council president, versus for
example six by Gabon's Ambassador in June.)
asked the chairman of the Council's Libya sanctions committee,
Portugal's Ambassador Cabral, who said the "process has started,”
referring to statements from the African Union meeting in Malabo. He
indicated that the process would start in the sanctions committee upon
the complaint of any committee member.
that does not
absolve Ban Ki-moon of the roles assigned to him in Resolution 1973.
Did Ban get notification from France or not? Watch this site.
Footnote: Haq was
asked about the process for replacing departing top UN Peacekeeper
Alain Le Roy and said that all member states can apply. Inner City
Press asked Haq if the post is, as reported, reserved for France. Haq
repeated, all can apply. Again, why would a country which now brags
about violating a Security Council resolution be set to continuing
heading UN Peacekeeping?
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of Violation of Libya Resolution, Should It Head UN Peacekeeping?
Lee, News Analysis
29 -- French armed forces spokesman Thierry Burkhard
has “said guns, rocket-propelled grenades and munitions were
parachuted in to rebels in the Nafusa mountains” by the French
government. Since UN Security Council resolution 1973 imposes an arms
embargo on Libya -- all sides of the conflict -- France has now
admitted violating the Council resolution.
Sanctions committee has been remarkably passive amid reports of
retired British special forces offering training to the rebels, paid
by Qatar, this on
record bragging about dropping weapons to the
rebels should trigger action.
after the UN confirmed that its top peacekeeping official Alain Le
Roy will leave on or before August 23. Sources in the Ban Ki-moon
administration indicate not only that his successor will also be
French, but that there has already been an accepted candidate: Eric
Chevalier. (Others say that his initial selection may change by
arises: should a country that now brags of violating terms imposed by
the Security Council, which sets the mandates of and oversees the
missions of the Department of Peacekeeping Operation, be allowed to
continue to head up UN peacekeeping?
of “armed humanitarianism” -- or armING, in this case -- is
popular with some, it increasingly raises hackles among BRIC members
of the Security Council, and in the wider UN. For that reason, some
question whether French Permanent Representative Gerard Araud
stepping forward to play a visible role in the UN peacekeeping budget
negotiations is a good idea.
negotiations in the Security Council to authorize Ethiopian troops to
go into Sudan's Abyei area, France is known to have questioned
whether 4000 troops, to be funded by the UN, would really be
necessary. Why not 3000?
human rights runs into conflict with trying to save money, France
seems to have a new solution: airdrop in deadly weapons then wash
hands of the consequence. We'll see.
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Peacekeepers Refused Convoy Escort, France
-- When the UN Security Council met behind closed
doors Thursday about the humanitarian situation in South
Sudan, much criticism was directed at the UN Department of
Peacekeeping Operations, whose troops in Kadugli reported declined to
leave their base and do their jobs, as recently happened with the
Zambian peacekeepers in Abyei.
City Press asked DPKO chief Alain Le Roy about the criticism.
He acknowledged that a UN battalion in Kadugli was “not willing to
escort a convoy... there was heavy shelling.”
Press on camera asked French Ambassador Gerard Araud if
the Council discussed if a peacekeeper battalion declined to provide
escort or come out of its base. According to the
transcript, Araud replied that
question was specifically asked whether all the instructions had
[always] been followed. Alain [Le Roy] told us 'yes, they have always
been followed.' The only example - which was an example where the
personnel was requested to evacuate, so it’s not a question of
protection - was when the personnel hesitated for a few hours because
of their own safety on the ground.”
Le Roy spoke
about a battalion refusing to escort a convoy, presumably not only of
soldiers. In fact, the UN evacuated -- or relocated, as UN OCHA put
it -- international staff from Kadugli to El Obeid. In any event,
refusing orders to escort a convoy is a “command and control”
problem, as one Council delegation put it.
the French Mission's and Ambassador's speed to speak on
these issues is entirely attributable to a concern for protection of
civilians, or might involve defending the performance of DPKO whose
past, current and seemingly future chiefs as promised by S-G Ban
Ki-moon seeking a second term are all French.
France's Araud & spokesman point finger, DPKO
top post now shown
Le Roy about the safety of Sudanese UN staff, who were not
evacuated by the UN to El Obaid. Le Roy to his credit said that the
UN was trying to contact all of them by radio, but had not been able
to reach those in “downtown Kadugli because we have no access to
can be said to be protecting civilians in Kadugli if it has “no
access to downtown Kadugli.” Watch this site.
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