Inner City Press
United Nations Report - December 22, 2005
At the United
Nations on December 21, Kofi Annan accused British journalist James Bone of
“behaving like an overgrown schoolboy in this room for many, many months and
years.” Bone had asked about Kofi Annan’s son’s Kojo’s purchase of a Mercedes
for $14,000 using diplomatic discounts intended only for the secretary-general.
Close observers of UN-media relations note that Annan’s spokesman Stephane
Dujarric had been asked the same question by Bone on Monday, December 19, but
had not answered. The focus of the Monday press briefing had been the UN’s
inquiry into Syria’s involvement in political assassinations in Lebanon. The
questions about procurement impropriety and nepotism were a side show on Monday,
but became the source of a rare outburst by Annan on Wednesday. The U.N.
Correspondents Association has come to James Bone’s defense, and many
correspondents, including this one, note that the nepotism and even corruption
questions have yet to be answered.
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