the UN, North Korea Sanctions Agreed On, Naval Searches and Murky Weapons
Byline: Matthew R. Lee of Inner City Press at the UN
October 14, 3:20 p.m. -- "Six days after the North Korean test, the passage
of a Security Council resolution is imminent," U.S. Ambassador John Bolton
told reporters just after noon on Saturday. By one o'clock Amb. Bolton
emerged with Chinese Ambassador Wang to announce a vote by 1:30. "What led
to the deal?" a reporter shouted.
diplomacy," Amb. Bolton deadpanned. Then he and Amb. Wang ambled north along
the UN's second story hallway, surrounded by security guards.
Update of 3:15
p.m. -- in serial stakeout interviews following the Council's 15-0 vote,
North Korea's Ambassador called the resolution "gangster-like," then strode
down the hall, ignoring the questions shouted after him. Chinese Amb. Wang
called the cargo inspection language "watered down." Amb. Bolton deadpanned
that resolutions are binding.
Press asked Argentine Ambassador Mayoral if this can really be called a
resolution -- if it has been resuelto, in Spanish -- since it leaves
a 14 day window to make final decisions. Video
Mayoral said Council President Oshima will decide how to use the 14 days. On
this question of putting off finalizing what can and cannot be transferred
to North Korea for 14 days, Russian Ambassador Churkin explained that even
earlier today, he was pointing out to other delegations some unintended
consequences of the proposed lists. After declining to answer Inner City
Press' question about Georgia, Amb. Churkin also panned recent U.S.
legislation which purports to cover other countries on transfers to both
Iran and North Korea. Video
quickly added that he was not connecting those two countries. The
scuttlebutt is that the U.S. will try to make the coming week all about
Iran. Others are focused on the Venezuela - Guatemala vote(s) for Security
Council membership, slated of Monday. Watch this space.
Update of 1:59
p.m. -- Chinese Amb. Wang, speaking after the 15-0 adoption of the
resolution, now named Resolution 1718, said that China does not approve of
cargo inspection and urges nations to avoid provoking North Korea.
Apparently, the phrase "as necessary" in the resolution can be read any
number of ways.
1:37 p.m. update
-- The new Paragraph 8(a)(ii) puts off for 14 days a decision on the range
of "items, materials, equipment, good and technology" which can't be
transferred the North Korea. A UN diplomat explained that "Russia is not a
party to the Australia list" [in the resolution, referred to via document
S/2006/816] and so "we had to cut them a break." The scope of this loophole
is in the process of being explored -- watch this space.
Another U.S. diplomat provided further details: the most recent sticking
point has been cargo inspections. The diplomat emphasized that "as
necessary" would mean to nearly always inspect at this point, given the
grounds for suspicious that North Korea is seeking imports to further its
nuclear weapons program.
about the annex?" a reporter shouted out.
"There is no annex," the U.S. diplomat replied. Rather, the draft resolution
refers to other UN documents that list the prohibited materials.
run-up to the vote demonstrated again that it is a five-member Council. The
Tanzanian Ambassador spoke with reporters about a draft he'd seen at 7 p.m.
on Friday, before the Permanent Five members' two-hour meeting on Saturday
Ambassador of Ghana was stopped by reporters but said, "I don't know
anything, they haven't told me anything."
Greel Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis, meanwhile, lost $5.10 in the
automated food machine in the Security Council foyer by choosing, after
paying, to open a box that was empty. Next to it, in a still-locked box, was
the sandwich the Ambassador wanted. Amb. Vassilakis did a full rotation and
tried to get at the sandwich. But for $5.10 you only get to open one box --
even if it's empty. And so it goes at the UN.
At the UN, Georgia Speaks of Ethnic
Cleansing While Russia Complains of Visas Denied by the U.S.
Byline: Matthew R. Lee of Inner City Press at the UN
October 13 -- In the blizzard of words accompanying Friday's six-month
extension of the UN's observer mission to Georgia, several strange factual
disputes, some of them surreal, were left unresolved. Before the passage of
the resolution, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin had said that a person he
called the foreign minister of Abkhazia had been denied a visa to come to
New York, and that the U.S. embassy in Moscow had tried to link granting the
visa with Russia accepting changes to the draft resolution it had put
City Press asked Ambassador Churkin, after the resolution's passage, if this
individual might still be coming to New York to brief the Security Council
in a so-called Arria formula meeting. No, Amb. Churkin said.
will Russia complain to the Host County Committee of the UN General
Churkin said that yes, Russia would be filing such a complaint. Video
Venezuela recently complained about the detention of its foreign minister at
JFK airport, a complaint echoed by Sudan and supported by such countries as
Mali and Belarus. Click
Inner City Press' story,
Axis of Airport.
and IDPs in Zugdidi
City Press asked U.S. Ambassador John Bolton to address Amb. Churkin's
statement about this gambit by the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Video
From the transcript provided by the U.S. mission:
Press: On Georgia, Ambassador Churkin said that the Abkhaz foreign ministry
called him, a person from Abkhazia. Was the U.S. embassy in Moscow didn't
give him a visa in exchange for somehow changing the language of the
resolution on Georgia -- is that your understanding of what happened? He
said it right here.
Ambassador Bolton: I have -- yeah, you know, I have no idea what that's
Sources tell Inner City Press,
however, that not only had Amb. Churkin made his statement about the visa in
a televised interview which the U.S. State Department presumably monitors,
but also that the visa issue had been discussed in the Security Council
consultations prior to Amb. Bolton's above-quoted answer. This followed:
Press: And was there any linkage between the two issues, you think, for the
U.S. or Russia, between the language of today's Georgia resolution and the
North Korea resolution?
Bolton: Certainly not for the United States. I'll let others speak for
City Press asked Kofi Annan's spokesman if the UN had any reaction to
Russia's allegation that the U.S. blocked this visa and tried to gain
negotiating advantage in the Security Council. That sounds like a bilateral
issue between the two countries, the spokesman answered. Video
City Press asked the spokeswoman for the General Assembly president what
action has been taken on Venezuela's complaint, and to be told if and when
Russia files a complaint. We'll see.
the Georgian side, the country's ambassador Irakli Alasania answered a
half-dozen questions from Inner City Press, video
Among other things Amb. Alasania said that attempts by a Permanent Five
members whom he left unnamed to link the move toward independence of Kosovo
to a similar status for Abkhazia are "troubling." He acknowledged that
Javier Solana has spoken publicly about the linkage. Amb. Alasania repeated
his call that the peacekeeping force in Georgia by transitioned from Russian
troops to UN blue helmets.
Alasania said that Georgia has raised the issue of the treatment of Georgian
in Russia to the UN General Assembly's Third Committee. (Inner City Press
has asked the spokeswoman for the GA President for an update on this.) He
spoke of ethnic cleansing and military provocation, and disputed Russian Amb.
Churkin's statement that the UN has found impermissible Georgian artillery
in the Kodori Gorge.
Alasania brought with him an individual he called the "Head of Government of
the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, Georgia," Malkhaz Akishbaia. Inner City
Press asked Mr. Akishbaia how he had gotten his visa to come. Amb. Alasania
cut in to answer the question, that they hadn't had any problems. Mr.
Akishbaia told Inner City Press that his government has relocated from
Tblisi to the Kodori Gorge, with a staff of some 20 people. A Georgian
mission staffer promised again to provide Inner City Press with evidence of
the money laundering in the parts of Abkhazia over which Georgia has no
control; we'll see.
the UN, Deference to the Congo's Kabila and Tank-Sales to North Korea, of
Slippery Eels and Sun Microsystems
Byline: Matthew R. Lee of Inner City Press at the UN
October 13 -- "If it's all night, it's all right." U.S. Ambassador Bolton
said this phrase with relish to a gaggle of reporters at 6 p.m. on Friday.
While the reference was to the still-pending Security Council resolution
response to North Korea's nuclear test six days ago, the night-right rhyme
is from a lyric sung by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.
on the grapevine is that Russia's opposition or delay springs from the
inclusion of tanks in the list of weapons it could not sell to North Korea.
A U.S. diplomat said Russia's opposition on Friday afternoon started out as
technical, then became more substantive and intransigent. Amid reporters'
questions about the draft resolution's provisions for searching North Korean
ships and barring the sale to North Korea of armaments listed in the
resolution's still not firm annex, no one asked for John Bolton's view on
another James Brown lyric, "Say it loud, I'm black, I'm proud."
hour after being confirmed by the General Assembly as the next
Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon held a 20-minute press conference. He took
only six questions; it was not clear if any of the questions were answered.
A question about Africa was left entirely unresponded-to. (See below in this
Ki-Moon -- Slippery Eel or "Moves All The World"? (See below)
at Kofi Annan's spokesman's noon briefing. In response to two questions
about the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the spokesman said that the DRC
is a sovereign nation, not run by the UN. From the
Inner City Press question: There is
criticism of the Kabila Government
replacing two ministers with military personnel, the Minister of the
Interior and the Governor of Kinshasa.
I know Mr. Gambari is there. On that or the previous things Iíve asked you
on Mr. Bembaís helicopter, has he spoken on these issues?
Spokesman: The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a
sovereign Government. The helicopter is for the Congolese Government to
settle. It is my understanding that the helicopter was provided to Mr.
Bemba in his capacity of Vice-President. Obviously, Mr. [William Lacy]
Swing has been trying to smooth the relations between Mr. Bemba and Mr.
Kabila, but the issue of the helicopter is not one, as far as I understand,
that we are getting directly involved in. On the issue of ministers, once
again, it is the prerogative of the Government to appoint its ministers.
The Congo is not a UN-administered territory.
hasn't stopped the UN Secretariat and its envoy from routinely exhorting the
Congolese to remain calm, to disarm, to eschew hate speech and the like. But
when Joseph Kabila, three weeks before the run-off election, puts his
military staffers in control of the Ministry of the Interior and the
governorship of Kinshasa, the UN then has no comment, out of respect for
sovereignty. Even on the open question of Mr. Kabila not having fulfilled
his previous pledge to replace his opponent's destroyed helicopter, the UN
has no comment. Thus even in a disarmed Kinshasa is ammunition given to
those Congolese who allege that the UN has spent half a billion dollar
merely to re-anoint Joseph Kabila.
Speaking of money's ability to talk, Friday afternoon as part of a briefing
about the UN Global Youth Leadership Summit, the high-tech company Sun
Microsystem was presented as a UN partner, for sponsoring a web site for the
summit. Inner City Press asked how Sun Microsystems was selected to partner
with the UN, and whether Sun was asked, as Intel was recently asked by Inner
City Press, what safeguards it has in place not to use conflict coltan from
the Congo. Video here, from Minute 31:24. Sun was described as a long-term
UN partner. But there are more questions: Sun is known to have assisted for
Internet blocking and surveillance both
Global Compact, anyone?
Africa question and non-answer:
"Question: you are coming at a time when Africa is at two
extremes. We have, on one side, nations that are reforming economically
and politically and, on the other side, nations that are in deep
conflict. I want to know your program specifically for these African
Mr. Ban Ki-moon: As I have just been appointed, I will
have some time to reflect on these issues, and by the time I take on my
duty as Secretary-General next year, I'll be able to give you some
basic, broad concept of my work plans. But, if I may tell you, in
principal matters, I'll try to change the culture where the United
Nations has been operating. We need to bring new, fresh wind to the
Secretariat, to bring management reforms to make Secretariat staff
working on the professionalism, working on the highest level of
fairness to Ban Ki-Moon, after his 20-minute, six-question briefing in
Conference Room 2, he met with Korean media and was more expansive. He
explained that his nickname, Slippery Eel, can be transcribed in Chinese as
"Moves All The World," a moniker he prefers. In his speech to the General
Assembly, he spoke eloquently of modesty. He told reporters he plans to
appoint a special envoy for North Korea.
Another hotspot on which Inner City Press will be reporting more, shortly,
is Georgia and its contested Abkhazia region. Watch this site, over the
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Reporter's mobile: 718-716-3540
the UN, Annan's Africa Advisor Welcome Chinese Investment, Dodges Zimbabwe,
Nods to Darfur
Byline: Matthew R. Lee of Inner City Press at the UN
October 12 -- "I can assure you the Africans welcome investment from the
Chinese." So said Kofi Annan's Special Advisor on Africa Legwaila Joseph
Legwaila on Tuesday. Inner City Press had asked him about reports of
Russia expanding its business with
Zimbabwe to $300 million,
in the context of allegations that Russia and Chinese are blocking UN
Security Council action on Zimbabwe and, more visibly, Darfur.
China, Mr. Legwaila answered, "If their national interest in the Security
Council clashes with the other members, it's not for us to second guess...
as long as they support NEPAD," the five-year old New Partnership for
Africa's Development. Mr. Legwaila described NEPAD as African-initiated and
African-run, and emphasized that all regions of the world, not only "the
Continent," have corruption.
He pointed out that 25 of the African Union's 53 members are going through
NEPAD's Peer Review Mechanism, which will certify them on good governance.
While declined to directly answer Inner City Press' question about Zimbabwe
-- earlier on Thursday, a UN diplomat told Inner City Press that the U.S.
has been pushing since January for Security Council action on Zimbabwe --
Mr. Legwaila went out of his way to say, "One of our interests is that the
conflict in Darfur must end." Video on
Minute 28:55 to 33:42.
AU in Darfur
is one of the 25 countries which "have so far acceded" to the African Peer
Review Mechanism. Inner City Press asked Mr. Legwaila if this
mechanism might be used with respect
to Darfur, which must be
considered a governance as well as human rights issue. "Certainly," Mr.
Legwaila responded. "The review is tough, it is not by diplomats like me."
Mr. Legwaila previously served as Kofi Annan's envoy to Ethiopia and
City Press asked Mr. Legwaila to address the involvement in Somalia of
Ethiopia, Eritrea and other counties. Mr. Legwaila added Djibouti to the
list, and opined that countries are understandably concerned by instability
on their borders. "I am not saying they are justified to do that which we
read in the newspapers," Mr. Legwaila quickly clarified. "Somalia has had
more than enough of misery." Indeed.
about the recommendation by the Economic Community of West African States,
ECOWAS, that Laurent Gbagbo be given another year in power in the Ivory
Coast, until a now twice-delayed election, Mr. Legwaila said he's seen
official documents on this recommendation. Kofi Annan's spokesman added that
the recommendation next goes to the Security Council. But what are Mr.
Annan's views on the breakdown in Ivory Coast? Many feel that as
Secretary-General he can't keep deferring to ECOWAS, or Mbeki, as he has
done to date to Ben Mkapa on Zimbabwe. We'll see.
News Analysis: Georgia on its Mind,
Russia Delays North Korea Nuclear Resolution with Abkhazia Allusions
Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN
October 12 -- As the U.S. called for a Friday vote on sanctions for North
Korea's nuclear test, China and Russia said more time and a softer approach
should be taken. U.S. proposals for travel bans, shipping inspections and assets
seizures are in question. At the UN on Thursday, Russian Ambassador Vitaly
Churkin called for a "cool-headed reaction."
News analysis: admitting the difficulties of knowing anyone's
mind, it occurs to Inner City Press that the Russian position on the North Korea
draft resolution may not be unrelated to Russia's desire to get the U.S. on its
side on the questions of Georgia and Abkhazia. In a purportedly unrelated
statement on Thursday, Amb. Churkin said that the "foreign minister of
Abkhazia... an internationally recognized party to this conflict" had applied to
the U.S. embassy in Moscow for a visa to come to New York. Russia had proposed
that he speak to the Security Council in a so-called Arias style meeting.
According to Amb. Churkin, the U.S. tried to condition the visa on Russia
softening its draft resolution on Abkhazia. "The U.S. embassy in Moscow
apparently believes that Abkhazia is part of the Russian Federation," Amb.
Churkin deadpanned. "It is not." It was reminiscent of the
claims recently made by Venezuela and others, click
that Inner City Press story.
road in Abkhazia
the UN, the Ambassador of Georgia, with what's being called a "special guest,"
will be holding a press conference. Perhaps Georgia will complain that beyond
having its issues
linked with Kosovo,
now it's held hostage to the North Korea issue. It's not easy being a former
Soviet republic. To be continued.
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