UN Assembly President Lashes Out on W. Sahara,
Obama Diplomacy, Oil Sands Viewed by Expert
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
November 6 -- Stirring up an issue
that has been bogged down in the Security Council, UN General Assembly
President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann has asked that a bottled-up report
rights in Western Sahara be released to all member states. In the
France on behalf of Morocco routinely blocks any reference to human
the Western Sahara resolutions. But now d'Escoto has jumped into the
the face of pro-Moroccan questions, d'Escoto's able spokesman said that
responsible for the statement, but that the request for the report's
on November 4, this month's Council president Jorge Urbina said that as
Rican Ambassador, he is not optimistic that a solution to Western
be found any time soon. Notably, despite
Ban's envoy Lynn Pascoe's visit to Rabat, the name of Christopher Ross
new van Walsum has not been sent to the Council.
Assembly statement, a copy of which
Inner City Press has, quoted d'Escoto that "It is time for this
issue to be resolved once and for all. To let it drag on is unnecessary
to all parties involved, especially the innocent families who are being
their basic human rights."
figure is when and why d'Escoto speaks out. On Wednesday, Inner City
for d'Escoto's reaction to the U.S. election, expecting something along
lines of d'Escoto's recent statements about Cuba. But his spokesman
d'Escoto won't comment on the politics of a particular member state.
PGA d'Escoto Brockman, standing up -- selectively, some say, study
d'Escoto's water expert Maude Barlow was identified as his
viewing the oil sands of Canada. Inner City Press asked, is she there
of d'Escoto? Will she be reporting to him? This question and a few
not been answered. But we're confident they will be.
From the November
Inner City Press: earlier today,
Ki-moon made a statement about the election of Barack Obama
(inaudible). Has Mr. d’Escoto Brockmann,
does he have any views, what are his views and does he think it’s good
Spokesperson: Obviously, the
President of the General
Assembly congratulates Senator Barack Obama for his election as the
President of the United States, and he also would like to especially
congratulate the people of the United States for the high participation
elections last night, which is always a very good sign of political
Inner City Press: Nothing more
than that, in terms of what he might think of the difference of US
Spokesperson: No, the President
is not going to comment on
policies on each particular country, as you know.
Inner City Press: And the other
one is, in Canada, there is a press report that, and the headline is
adviser devastated by visit through Albert oil sands”.
This woman (inaudible) has said various
things about oil sand in Canada. Is
there any relation between her relation with Mr. d’Escoto as a senior
and this trip or she just now going to be described as a UN adviser to
Spokesperson: No, the nature of
the relation has not
changed, as I mentioned before. She is
an adviser of the President of the General Assembly on issues related
and he takes very much into consideration all of her advice and
Inner City Press: This article
kind of implied that she’s going to report back to him.
Is he aware of that trip?
Spokesperson: I can check
more details for you on that
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