Is Using Mercenaries, From Liberia, UN Says, US
-- Laurent Gbagbo has imported mercenaries into
Cote d'Ivoire, chief UN peacekeeper Alain Le Roy told Inner City
Press on Monday. After Le Roy briefed the UN Security Council, Inner
City Press asked him to confirm or deny Gbagbo's use of mercenaries.
confirmed it,” Le Roy answered. Inner City Press asked from where,
and after a pause Le Roy said from Liberia, “they did not speak
Roy told the
Press the UN peacekeepers will not be leaving Cote d'Ivoire, as the
AU andeeper ECOWAS have recognized Ouattara as the president.
peacekeepers have been injured, Le Roy said. Asked by Inner City
Press if there are clashed beyond Abidjan, he said yes, naming a town
forty kilometers from the capital. And then he was gone.
Permanent Representative on the Council said that in the closed door
consultation, Le Roy did not use the word “mercenaries,” but
rather “non Ivorians.” How diplomatic.
Alain Le Roy & Jean Ping: Gbagbo mercenaries
& Bashir's $9B not shown
the media after the Council meeting, to read out a Cote d'Ivoire
press statement drafted by Mexico (as was Resolution 1502, which it
City Press asked her
about Gbagbo's use of mercenaries. She said she wasn't aware of that
being confirmed, but that if it was, it would be of concern not only
to the US but to the Council.
also told Inner City Press, after its
ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo's March 20, 2009 meeting with her
and Deputy Alejandro Wolff about $9 billion Sudan's Omar al Bashir
allegedly siphoned into bank accounts at Lloyds in the UK described
in a cable made available by Wikileaks, was not in her
“recollection.” Watch this site.
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Rice of Bashir's $9 B in Lloyds, What Was Done?
-- Sudan's Omar al Bashir has stashed $9 billion
overseas, in Lloyds, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has told last
year by International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo.
2009 meeting was memorialized in a cable Wikileaked over the
weekend, see below.
Ambassador Rice did with this information. While Lloyds responded
that it is unaware of such Bashir accounts, in January 2009 US
authorities fined Lloyds $350 million for concealing the origins of
wire transfers from Sudan, Iran and Libya in violation of US
sanctions against the countries.
surmise that Ocampo chose to name Lloyds to US Ambassador Rice
because of this US fine of the company, only two months before his
meeting with the US Mission.
But Lloyds so
recent fine, for
concealing the source of money from Sudan, would have given Rice and
the Obama Administration leverage to get Bashir's accounts confirmed
or denied by Lloyds at that time. Did they?
Susan Rice & UN's Ban, action on ICC report of
Bashir #9 B not shown
issue is not
only corruption by a leader indicted for war crimes and genocide:
under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, oil profits were to be split
between North and Southern Sudan. Southerns have alleged that the
Bashir government had improperly kept and hid revenue.
have been the money? Or just a story Ocampo tried to float? What did
the US Mission to the UN, State Department and Obama administration
do to find out? Watch this site.
cause major problems for Ocampo with the ICC. This explains
Ocampo's fast December 18 press release putting his spin on the cable.
Court does not hold a hearing on it, credibility will again be at
issue. What do the Court's supporters have to say? The holiday seasons
is no excuse.
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Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told
Ambassadors Rice and Wolff on March 20 that Sudanese President Bashir
needed to be isolated. Ocampo suggested if Bashir's stash of money
were disclosed (he put the figure at possibly $9 billion), it would
change Sudanese public opinion from him being a "crusader"
to that of a thief. Ocampo reported Lloyd's Bank in London might be
holding or knowledgeable of the whereabouts of his money. Ocampo
suggested simply exposing that Bashir had illegal accounts would be
enough to turn the Sudanese against him, "as with Pinochet."
Bashir invents conflict to create a better
negotiating position, and thought Bashir was using the expulsion of
the NGOs to divert attention away from his arrest warrant. Ocampo
suggested the U.S. and the international community also needed to
push for Bashir's arrest to isolate him. Ocampo likened Bashir's
situation to "a bleeding shark being surrounded by other
sharks," with no loyalty, only greed, motivating those competing
for power. By promoting the possibility of Bashir's arrest, Bashir
would be further marginalized within Sudan's ruling elite, Ocampo
it would be beneficial to reassure China that
its access to oil would not be jeopardized. If China believed Bashir
was becoming a destabilizing influence, Ocampo said China might be
more open to his removal as long as his replacement would guarantee
support for China's economic interests.
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Ban Ki-moon's UN, Defense of Gambari, Withholding
of Massacre Reports
“Mister Gambari has been working very hard
with the Sudanese government,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
told the Press on Friday of his envoy in Darfur.
why the UN peacekeepers under Ibrahim Gambari's UNAMID
command did not leave their base when dozens of civilians were
murdered in Tabarat in September, and whether Ban would at least make
UNAMID's report on the killings public.
“We will have
see,” Ban answered. But UNAMID has answered requests for copies of
the report by saying it is up to the Secretary General.
Ban's end of year press conference, run by acting Deputy Spokesman
Farhan Haq, there had been no questions or answers about Sudan, where
the UN has two $1 billion peacekeeping operations. After a protest,
Haq allowed the Sudan question from Inner City Press:
was one of your priorities. As the year ends, the
government of Omar al Bashir is attacking the one rebel group it
supposed made peace with, the Minni Minawi group, UNAMID has no
access to Jebel Marra and ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo says that
UNAMID doesn't report attacks on civilians because it is threatened
by the government. You summoned Ibrahim Gambari to meet you... about
the massacres in Tabarat, after the UN peackeeepers didn't even leave
their base in Tawila to do to the site. Even the report on these
Tabarat killings is being withheld. What will you do differently in
question, Ban responded largely about the Southern Sudan referendum.
He said, “The situation in Sudan will be one of the top concerns of
international community starting January 9... There are sticking
issues, to establish a commission in Abyei.” Video here,
to Darfur, saying that “the security situation in
Darfur a serious concern. The recent bombing by the Sudanese
government of the north and south boundary of southern sudan... [We
are] making demarches that
the Sudanese government should be
cooperative. This afternooon I meet the Minister for Peace and the
CPA for Southern Sudan to discuss this matter.”
Doha process, Ban answered that the “peace negotiation has not been
progressing well. Except that government of Sudan and the Liberation
and Justice Movement LJM have agreed to a negotiation text. That can
be done, but without participation of all other rebel movements --
JEM, SLA and Abdel Wahid -- without their participation this
negotiation will not be sustainable. Joint mediator Bassole is
asserting his best efforts.”
saying that “Mister Gambari has been working very
hard with the Sudanese government... to have freedom of movement of
in Tawila for example tried to go to the Tabarat or
Tabra site but were stopped by the government. But internal UN
communications obtained by Inner City Press show that the UN
Peacekeepers told relatives of those being killed and injured that
they had come to late, to come back in the morning.
UN's Ban & Gambari, report on Tabarat massacre not shown
the report on
the incident is being withheld, with UNAMID saying it is up to the
Secretary General, who when asked would not released, instead
speaking of “consultations.”
if the report on Sri Lanka war crimes inquiries by Ban's
three person Panel of Experts will be made public. Ban did not answer
this either. Watch this site.
in the UN press corp about how
acting Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq ran the press conference, and
about lack of question and answer opportunities with Ban Ki-moon
throughout 2010. Ban said he will make an announcement in early 2011
about seeking a second term as S-G. We'll see.
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