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UN Silent on Armenia 1915 Genocide, Its Censorship Alliance on Sri Lanka

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 23 -- In the run up to the commemoration of what Turks did to Armenians in 1915, the Pope joined those calling it genocide. But UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stopped at calling it an atrocity and there has been silence in the UN.

  Inner City Press on April 23 asked Ban's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric who from the UN will be attended the commemoration. Video here.

  He replied, Michael Moller the head of the UN Office on Geneva. But when Inner City Press asked if a copy of his remarks will be released, Dujarric replied that Moller will NOT be talking.

  Dujarric also told Inner City Press that Ban's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng will be in Yeravan - at an event he said is unrelated to the commemoration.

This is today's UN -- Rwanda has complained how the UN deals with its genocide (the head of UN Peacekeeping remains an individual who argued for the escape of the genocidaires, Herve Ladsous).

  On Sri Lanka, UN reviews have found the UN's actions in 2009 to be shameful. More recently the UN further delayed its report on war crimes until September; now the government says it won't do any investigation by then, only a statement on "modalities." A government film denying war crimes by Sri Lanka was screened by the UN Correspondents Association, after UNCA's president had been the landlord of Sri Lanka's ambassador.

   But will this UN, now the UN's Censorship Alliance given a big room by it, hold any event about Armenia 1915? Not yet - the main feed from UNCA is denying genocide.

The UN agreed to name the area right outside the Security Council the "Turkish Lounge" - and to exclude journalists from it. As Inner City Press exclusively reported, when Turkey's Erdogan's guards beat up UN Security staff, Ban Ki-moon response was to apologize to Ergodan. We'll have more on all this.


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