UN Mine Action Calls Chechnya a Country, Uses
Troubled UNOPS, Downplays Ossetia Cluster Bombs
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 4 -- "There were some
issues of managerial performance at the UN Office of Project Services,"
the UN's rule of law chief Dmitry Titov told the Press on Wednesday,
that any further questions be directed to UNOPS. But Titov was briefing
the UN's Mine Action Projects, which use UNOPS and its private
"implementing partners" in many countries, including Afghanistan.
Inner City Press asked, what is the value added of having UNOPS and
private contactors? The question was not answered. Video here,
UNOPS has been refusing to provide basic documents about its projects
Afghanistan, and an expose is brewing.
Press asked Titov to explain the statement, in the thick book of
was promoting, the statement on page 284 that "Chechnya is one of the
mine-affected countries in the world." Is Chechnya a country? "As a
citizen of Russia," Titov said, "it's a territory, please interpret
it that way." Interpret the word "country" as
"territory"? It's reminiscent of a UN arms publication that referred
to Taiwan without adding, "Province of China." The mis-prints were
destroyed, and China stopped reporting.
UN's Titov in Timor Leste, Chechnya as
country, cluster bombs in Ossentia not shown
Press asked Titov about cluster bombs in South Ossetia. "Relatively
small," Titov said. In Chechnya, the UN has no de-mining program, just
mine avoidance training program. And what about Ingushetia?
UN Mine Actions Cris Stephens has said the UN has lost 5 million Euros
currency exchange in Afghanistan in the last two months, a colleague of
whom he introduced as Simon Parker said, "We don't have that problem
anywhere we work." Video here,
from Minute 33:59. This we will revisit. Because
what about Myanmar?
On that, it was announced past 5 on December 4 that the following
day, Ban Ki-moon with meet with his Friends on Myanmar, andt then speak
with the Press.
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