Gadhafi Friend Will Brief UN Council, UK Draft Quotes
February 22 -- In the run up to the
UN Security Council's
closed 3 pm meeting on Libya, the UK is preparing a draft Press
Statement, using the name of Ibrahim Al Dabbashi, who denounced
Colonel Moammar Gadhafi in a Monday press conference in Libya's
Mission to the UN.
“superior” at the Libyan Mission, Libya's Permanent
Representative Abdel-Rahman Shalgam, has sent an e-mail to the
Security Council re-asserting his control., sources told Inner City
Brazilian President of the Council told the Press that it is Perm Rep
Shalgam who will be speaking.
then of the
UK drafted Press Statement?
UN's Ban & Gaddafi: UN Goodwill Ambassador Aicha not shown
the day's UN
noon briefing, Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin
Nesirky to confirm that Aicha Gadhafi, the Colonel's daughter, is a
UN system Goodwill Ambassador.
not responded to the written question submitted on the morning of
February 20, now said that he “understands” that Aicha is a UNDP
Goodwill Ambassador in Libya. He would not answer what Ban thinks of
or will do about this.
asked Nesirky if the UN is aware of reports, including on Ghanaweb,
that Gadhafi is soliciting mercenaries in Ghana, Nigeria and Guinea,
or if the UN is looking into this. No and no, Nesirky said.
Ban Ki-moon away in Hollywood, Deputy Secretary General Asha Rose
Migiro is meeting today with Leslie K. Christian, Ghana's outgoing
ambassador to the UN. Maybe she'll ask him about mercenary
recruitment in Ghana - or about Ghana's position, different from
Ban's, on Cote d'Ivoire. Watch this site.
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Libyan Deputy Says Mercenaries, PR Shalgam Says No, “Brown Like
Me, Gadhafi Is My Friend, He'll Stop in 24 Hours"
February 22 -- “Gadhafi is my brother, he is a courageous
man and can make a decision,” Libya's Permanent Representative
Abdel-Rahman Shalgam told the Press Monday morning outside the UN
asked Shalgam, “Isn't Gadhafi recruiting mercenaries?”
insisted. “They come from the south of Libya. They are brown like
Shalgam's deputy Ibrahim Dabbashi, who wrote to the Council on Monday
asking for an emergency meeting -- and now, a no-fly zone and
humanitarian corridor -- said that he will be the one to address the
Council on Monday afternoon.
Shalgam?” he was asked.
“He is in New
York but he is not working,” Dabashi said.
a coup, and
a successful one, within Libya's mission to the UN, sources tell
Inner City Press. The majority went with Dabashi, who held a press
conference in Libya's mission during the US holiday on Monday.
China stopped and told Inner City Press that there may be a
Presidential Statement in the afternoon, it is floating around.
Shalgam previously at UN, friend Gadhafi and fire
water not shown
ambassador insisted Monday morning that Dabashi is the “charge
d'affaires” and thus represents Libya.
pm, Dabbashi returned to say that if Shalgam reasserts his powers, he
will speak. Dabbashi said while Shalgam is Gadhafi's friend, he
agrees violence must stop. But Shalgam denies mercenaries, while
Dabbashi told Inner City Press they are in use in Tripoli.
City Press smelled liquor while standing next to Shalgam while
he spoke on Monday. Watch this site.
As Libya Burns, UN Ban
Ki-moon in Hollywood, Faceless at Facebook
February 22 -- It wasn't clear why the trip was scheduled,
and even less clear why it was not canceled after Libya starting
bombing peaceful protesters from the air.
But Tuesday as the UN
Security Council convened behind closed doors on a request for a
formal meeting on the bloodbath in Libya, Ban Ki-moon was in
Hollywood talking about climate change and Haiti.
he be asked
about the protests against the UN in that country for militarization
and, they say, bringing cholera in?
ask about how little the UN is saying as Sudan bombs the Jebel Marra
region of Darfur?
trip is a
faint echo of that of Ambassador Susan Rice, to the headquarters of
Twitter. Ban is
going to Facebook, moderated by Zuckerberg
relative Randi; Ban has appeared in the LA Times, albeit under the
The CEO of
the UN Foundation Kathy Calvin has traveled out there, and the
UN's head Washington lobbyist Will Davis.
Will they speak about Libya, and Gadhafi's daughter being a UN Goodwill
Ambassador with a UN Laissez Passer?
goal is to get
UN story lines in the movies. Inner City Press exclusively attended
and reported on filming of Transformers 3 in the General Assembly
Hall. What will it get for the UN?
Ban in Hollywood last time: burning of Libya not shown
Press wrote to Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky, and his deputy
Farhan Haq, on the morning of Sunday February 20 asking
wake of the gunning down of 46 democracy protesters in Libya’s
second largest city, Benghazi, by security forces under the command
of Colonel Gadafi, is the UN reassessing its relationship with Col
Gadhafi’s daughter, Aicha, who the UN has designated a “Goodwill
Secretary-General sought to use the UN’s special relationship
with its Goodwill Ambassador Dr Aicha Gadhafi to persuade her father
not to use such excessive force against peaceful demonstrators?
days later, no response at all from the UN. Inner City Press also
asked Ban's spokesman Nesirky “in this context, the
Secretary-General's planned trip to California to meet and greet 'the
entertainment industry,' how much is this trip costing, and is it
funded by the Regular Budget of the UN -- and if not, what is the
funding source?” Again, no answer. Faceless at Facebook indeed.
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Kane & Trezza Look to Geneva,
Nairobi Opaque, Zannier
19 -- Asked about how told UN jobs are given out,
long time UN official David Nabarro on February 19 told Inner City
Press, “There are intensive efforts underway in the selection of so
many senior positions in our system to increase transparency.” Video
were true. For weeks, Inner City Press has been asking Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky to clarify the status
of Under Secretary General Angela Kane, who was one of two finalists
to lead the UN Office in Geneva, and to state whether UN envoy to
Kosovo Lamberto Zannier gave notice before he put his name in the
ring to head the OSCE.
the repeated questions about Kane, including when she would
belatedly hold the next of her promised press conferences, and on the
latter he said “Ask Italy.”
the Geneva post has been Italian official Carlo Trezza, his
country's delegate on disarmament and other topics. On February 19
the buzz was that Trezza and not Kane was getting the post; some said
due to corruption
and delays in the UMOJA technology program
under Kane's watch.
has previously told Inner City Press she
has no time to answer questions from the press, to send them all to
the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary General, where
dozens of questions are pending, including the unanswered ones about
Kane and UN management.
UN's Ban, Ms. Kane over his shoulder, public
financial disclosure & answers not shown
why can't the
UN say who are the finalists for jobs, and why? There is for example
a new Under Secretary General post at the UN in Nairobi, which was
created after UN
headquarters unceremoniously removed Tanzanian Anna
Tibaijuka from leading that office and put the German Achim Steiner
Group fought back and a new management post
was created. But who will fill it? Who is even in contention? Watch
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