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At UN, As Norway Speaks on Gaza, Roed-Larsen Evades Financial Disclosure and GA Critique

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, January 7 -- As the Security Council met on Gaza, there was a strange Norwegian flavor to the proceedings. Norway spoke in Tuesday night's open meeting, and some in the press wondered why. Inner City Press asked a Norwegian mission representative, who reminded that her country chairs the "AHLC" donors' group. That, as it turns out, stands for Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee, a body which while offering direct budget support to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank cannot deal directly with Hamas. The AHLC and Norway have, however, protested Israel's virtual embargo on the entry of cash into the Gaza Strip.

  The more stealth Norwegian presence, however, was that of Terje Roed-Larsen, titularly the UN's envoy for the implementation of Resolution 1159 but clearly aspiring to more. Despite not having proffered any public response despite requests to the General Assembly's criticism of his performance with regard to 1559, and while still refusing to make even the minimal public financial disclosure ostensibly urged by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Roed-Larsen flitted about Tuesday's Council proceeding.

   He made a point of being seen in whispered discussing with the Russian mission's deputy, and exiting the Council with Ban's senior political advisor. Might the latter be advising at least some minimal financial disclosure? 

Roed-Larsen when he used to take questions, financial disclosure not shown

  Here's a reason why: sources tell Inner City Press that Roed-Larsen takes some $400,000 a year from the International Peace Institute. What percentage of this funding comes from (Sunni) Gulf states is not known. 

  Through another UN loophole, despite the rule prohibiting a UN official in his position from taking payments of subsidies from any government, Roed-Larsen is said to receive a housing subsidy from the Norwegian government, because his wife is the Deputy Permanent Representative at the mission. What safeguards are in place for any of this is entirely unclear. It is time to start disclosing.


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