on Uzbeks Swept Under UN Carpet of Jenca's Boilerplate, Franco-American
& P-5 Indifference
August 5, updated -- The UN's and its Security Council's temporary
interest in the ethnic cleansing of Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan
appears to have dissipated. The UN's Central Asia envoy Miroslav
Jenca, only behind closed doors, is briefing the Council this
A boilerplate Press Statement, little different than the one
issued like clockwork every six months, has been circulated, as if
nothing happened in Osh and Jalalabad. Never again?
members are pushing back, trying to get more substance into the Press
Statement. One which held the Council Presidency during some of the
violence is particularly interested. But not only this month's
Russian presidency, but also the U.S., which has appeared publicly to
call for accountability, seem to prefer not using the UN on this
issue, leaving the Council's statement vague and “decaffeinated,”
as one non Permanent member put it.
to include France,
whose minister called the pogrom a crime against humanity. A French
diplomat leaving the Council at 10:45 am predicted the Press Statement
will be adopted "as is." What about follow through on the crime against
already a statement about that, back when it happened, he answered. But
what about follow through? And what
about such non P-5 speakers on human rights as Austria? Even with the
Permanent Representative away, the positions should not change.
questions is what role the UN will play in investigations into the
causes of the pogrom. Inner City Press has been asking about this for
UN's Ban and Jenca, investigation and pogrom follow
through not shown
From the UN
noon briefing transcript of July 26:
On Kyrgyzstan, the OSCE [Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe] Parliamentary Assembly Special Representative,
Kimo Kiljunen, he said there’s going to be an investigation
conducted by his organ… by a commission, international commission,
of the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan. And he also said that the
United Nations would be involved in the commission. So, I wanted to
know, is that the case? What will be the United Nations role in an
international investigation of the causes of violence in southern
Let me find out. Just a general point, the OSCE
Parliamentary Assembly is not the same thing as the OSCE itself, as
I’m sure you understand. So we would need to see precisely what
the composition, the intended composition, would be. But the other
more general point is that we’ve said already that there should
be an independent investigation into the events that took place in
Osh and Jalalabad and in the south of Kyrgyzstan. So let me get
back to you on that, okay?
back, Inner City Press asked
on July 30:
you’d said you would find out, and I wanted to ask
whether you have. One is, what is the UN’s role in any possible
investigation into the causes of violence in southern Kyrgyzstan?
As I mentioned to you, that is a work in progress
amongst different international organizations. It is being actively
looked at, and I know that my colleagues in the Department of
Political Affairs are keeping a close eye and talking to their
colleagues, as is Mr. Jenca, the Special Representative for Central
Asia, Miroslav Jenca. No firm words yet. But, as I’ve said to you
before, this is an area where we have been very closely watching. And
not just watching, but involved in bringing people together,
monitoring and reporting what’s been happening...
On August 3, Inner City Press asked incoming Council
president Vitaly Churkin if the August 5 consultations would include a
discussion of UN involvement in an investigation, and if Russia
believes that Council blessing would be required for the UN Secretariat
to do that, as Russia as argued in the case of Sri Lanka war crimes.
Let's see, Churkin answered. Yes, let's see. Watch this site.
Update of 11:09 am -- the US, it seems, is happy with
the boilerplate, saying it will "support Jenca" who has "worked hard."
Even the main proponent of caffeinating the Press Statement with more
substance about human rights and accountability for the Kyrgyz pogrom
appears to have given up. They raised it, the P-5 shrugged, they left.
If it was an egg attack on P-5 peacekeepers, though, the Council would
act. And so it goes.
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UN's Ban Does Not Raise Border Closure or Maxim Popov, Omitted
18 -- With tens
thousands of people seeking to flee
attacks in Kyrgyzstan blocked at the Uzbek border, UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon spoke on June 16 with Uzbekistan's strongman
Islam Karimov. Ban did not, however, ask Karimov to open the border.
This was confirmed on June 18, when Inner City Press asked Ban
himself if any request had been made to open the border. Ban's two
minute answer included no such request. Video here,
raise to Karimov, when he visited Tashkent in April, the plight of
UN-funded AIDS educator Maxim Popov, who was sentenced to seven years
in prison for blasphemy. Inner City Press has twice asked Michel
Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS, about Popov.
June 9, Sibide
told Inner City Press that "I personally tried to be sure the
Secretary General during his trip to Uzbekistan was able to raise
this issue" of Popov. Video here,
Minute 10:02. Inner City
Press then asked Ban's Spokesperson's Office if Ban had raised it,
asked Ban directly on June 18, saying "the head of UNAIDS said
you were prepared to raise this issue of Maxim Popov, in jail for
seven year." Ban did not answer this part of the question, so
Inner City Press repeated it. Video here,
"United Nations relevant agencies will continue to work to
address that issue." Not only is the logic circular -- UNAIDS
says they prepared Ban to raise the issue, then Ban says "agencies"
will be the ones to raise it -- when at 6 p.m. the
UN put out their transcript of the press encounter, they omitted Inner
City Press' Maxim Popov question, and called the follow up
"inaudible." Compare video
to UN transcript,
UN's Ban and Karimov, border closure and Popov not
to UN transcript--
You mentioned the people that are waiting to cross the
border out of Kyrgyzstan. When you spoke with President [Islam]
Karimov of Uzbekistan, did you ask him to open the border? Also, when
you were in Uzbekistan, were human rights a part of your conversation
with President Karimov of Uzbekistan?
had a telephone call with President Karimov just two days ago,
I appreciated his willingness to accommodate 80,000 refugees who have
crossed the border. I know that there is a serious difficulty in
accommodating these 80,000 people and also in feeding them, providing
necessary assistance. He told me that their capacity would run out in
three to four days. That is why I have immediately spoken with the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other
United Nations agencies in mobilizing all humanitarian assistance.
UNHCR has delivered more than 200 tons of immediate, urgent food
assistance. Now it is important that borders are open, but at the
same time, I know I know that there is concerns on countries in the
region of how to manage this border security when addressing all
these tens of thousands of people at one time. I will continue to
discuss this matter. [Special Representative] Mr. Miroslav Jenca is
on the ground in Bishkek talking to all the neighboring countries and
he is closely coordinating with the Special Representatives of the
European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in
Europe, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation and Shanghai
corporation organizations and other individual countries. I
understand that you have been briefed by Mr. Jenca, by the way, at
this afternoon's noon press briefing. So we will closely monitor what
will be the best way to address this humanitarian issue including
this border management.
[inaudible, not into microphone]
Nations relevant agencies will continue to work to
address that issue.
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for Safety, UNSC Perm Reps Leave Briefing, No Help on
14, updated -- With over 120 killed
in Kyrgyzstan and the border
to Uzbekistan now closed to those fleeing the violence, the UN
Security Council met for a briefing late Monday afternoon. The ethnic
Uzbeks, alleging that Kyrgyzstan's government is allowing or
assisting in their slaughter, had asked for outside peacekeepers.
even as the UN
briefing started before 6:30 pm, Susan Rice of the US and Gerard
Araud of France left the meeting room. Their focus, it was clear, was
on the briefing by South Korea, that North Korea sunk its ship
Cheonan earlier this year, killing 46 sailors. But what about the more
than 120 Uzbeks killing only this weekend?
6:45 pm, a
departing Council Permanent Representative told Inner City Press
"they are just getting started on Kyrgyzstan but I have to
Karimov close "his" country's border to
fleeing ethnic Uzbeks? Well, some of the Uzbeks in and around Osh
fled there after Karimov's crackdown on protesters in Andijon.
UN's Ban dines with Islam Karimov, fleeing ethnic Uzbeks not shown
ensure that none of them return to Uzbekistan, Karimov is willing to
block tens of thousands of ethnic Uzbeks and leave them in harms way.
UN and Western Council members often say. But when
examples come up, or ever fire drills, the warning are rarely heeded.
Watch this site.
p.m. -- As Kyrgyzstan meeting lets out, Pascoe rushes out.
Inner City Press asks, has anyone asked the Uzbeks to open their
border? Pascoe commends Uzbekistan for initial opening, says will try
to get them assistance. But what about the border closing? Pascoe
p.m. -- Council President Heller said the members condemn
violence. Inner City Press asked, what about the closing of the Uzbek
border? Heller: concerned about internationalization, countering on
regional organizations. But CSTO will send no peacekeepers. Does the
closing of the border KEEP it from being an international issue? Who
does that benefit? To be continued.
Mexican Mission to the UN's transcription:
... Uzbekistan has closed its border and people have
tried to flee the violence…
expression I made, I expressed my concern and of other
members of the Security Council about the risk of
internationalization of the crisis, if there is a border situation
with Uzbekistan. That’s why we think it is very important that the
UN and other regional organizations have a follow up on this.
But CS[T]O says they’re not sending any troops, they’re
only sending logistical support. So is anyone gonna send anyone to
that specific region?
have any information on this.
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