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At UN, Dance of Libya and Switzerland, Munoz on Lula Over Ban for S-G 2012, Sri Lanka Charades

By Matthew Russell Lee

WASHINGTON, March 12 -- In the UN General Assembly, hand overs of power from one President to the next are usually routine. But this September may see fireworks. Libya's Ali Treki, who Inner City Press exclusively reported as being on a Swiss and thus Schengen group travel ban list, may have to hand power to Swiss diplomat Joseph Deiss.

  Numerous sources describe to Inner City Press Deiss' buzzing around the UN, after gaining the "Western European and Other Group" nomination for the post. The Swiss Mission to the UN, which was unwilling to confirm or even deny Ali Treki's presence on their travel ban list, has not spoke of Deiss' visit. Ah transparency.

  Meanwhile, press in Latin America and even Chilean Ambassador to the UN Munoz have been speaking of Brazil's Lula as a possible UN Secretary General in 2012. While many in the UN might wish that this would happen, it is considered impolitic for Munoz, currently seeking an Assistant Secretary General post from Ban Ki-moon, to talk up a competing Lula candidacy.

  Others say "ah ha" about the Lula story, thinking this might explain Lula's schmoozing with Iran and other non favored regimes. What's next, Lula praising Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa and his blood bath on the beach? Pro Rajapaksa Sri Lankans are expected to demonstrate Friday at noon in front of the UN, echoing the Non Aligned Movements letter claiming that the UN has no human rights mandate.

Deiss at UN, Schengen list and Treki not shown

  Cynics says this dance between the Rajapaksas and Ban Ki-moon is entire scripted, with each side getting what it wants. Ban gets to claim -- for now -- that he has done or at least said something about the blood bath on the beach, and his own chief of staff's questionable role in summary execution of surrendering LTTE leaders.

  Mahinda Rajapaksa gets to say, again, that he stood out to interference. But when will Ban name his panel? And why is its scope, even in advance, more limited than in Guinea, or what the UN special rapporteur is calling for on Myanmar? Watch this site.

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With UN's Treki Reportedly Under Swiss Travel Ban, He Cites Vienna Convention, Meets Gabon's Bongo, Heads to S. Korea

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, March 10 -- The President of the UN General Assembly Ali Treki has "reminded" Switzerland of its duty to respect the Vienna Convention on diplomatic immunity and the right to travel, three weeks after Inner City Press exclusively reported and then asked about Treki being on a Swiss and thus EU / Schengen group travel ban list.

In a cryptic statement issued Tuesday night, Treki's spokesman Jean Victor Nkolo said

"Answering a ['lingering'] question regarding relations between Libya and Switzerland, the Spokesperson of the Presidency of the United Nations General Assembly, indicated that the President of the General Assembly is following the deterioration in the relationship between the two countries. He emphasized that the President of the General Assembly stresses the need to resolve this dispute in a manner that upholds the principles of international law and respects the international agreements, in particular the Vienna Convention on diplomatic immunities and privileges, and the right of all individuals for free movement in accordance United Nations norms and standards."

  Inner City Press asked Nkolo is this was belated confirmation that the PGA's office knows, as Inner City Press was told and as Italy implicit confirmed, that Treki is on Switzerland's Schengen travel ban notice. The usually effusive Nkolo said that "the statement speaks for itself."

  Inner City Press was told by a well placed source that due to concerns about the list, the PGAs office asked Switzerland if Treki was still free to travel to Geneva, and got an affirmative answer. But the rest of the Schengen group? Why is Italy mentioning Treki when it asks for Switzerland to modify the list it sent out?

  The irony here is that Switzerland's ire is directed at Gaddafi for its imprisonment of two Swiss businessmen in retaliation Switzerland acting on physical abuse by Gaddafi's son in Switzerland. But Treki is not getting along with Libya's mission to the UN. Because he was formerly Libya's foreign minister, he was put on the list. Treki is in a very delicate position, especially given that his PGA mandate expires in September. Paraphrasing Tom -- and not Alejandro -- Wolfe, can you go home again?

Libya's Ali Treki, Swiss Schengen list not shown

  Meanwhile, with Treki slated to travel to Seoul, the story is that he will be speaking about the G-20 and South Korea's upcoming chairmanship and meeting. South Korea, of course, is not part of the Schengen group...

Footnotes: later on March 9, the PGA's office issued a press statement about Treki's meeting with the son of Gabon's long time dictator Omar Bongo, Ali Bongo, now president. Earlier on March 9, the International Peace Institute barred from Ali Bongo's presentation journalists and others who had RSVP-ed. Much demand for the dictator!

   On Treki and his Office, Close UN watchers still wonder why the PGA's Office has allowed long time UN Security officer Ralph Hering to be the scapegoat for Treki's daughter's invitation of the KFC Colonel Sander impersonator to the UN's second floor. There are other PGA injustice issues still pending. Watch this site.

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 Click here for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters footage, about civilian deaths in Sri Lanka.

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Click here from Inner City Press' December 12 debate on UN double standards

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and this October 17 debate, on Security Council and Obama and the UN.

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