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On Syria After 4 Abstentions in UNSC Pompeo Speaks With Turkey FM While Guterres Censors

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR Letter PFT Q&A

UN GATE, Jan 12 – Back on February 15 the UN's Syria envoy Geir O. Pedersen released a transcript of his "on the record" press breakfast in Geneva, see below. In September, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has tried to stay on track to a corrupt second term as SG by naming a "UN Board of Inquiry in northwest Syria," to be led in its secretive work by Nigerian Lt General Chikadibia Obiakor.

 On January 10 in the UN Security Council stakeout from which Guterres has banned Inner City Press for now for 558 days, the cross border aid resolution passed with the crossing cut in half to two and only for six month. China, Russia, the UK and US all abstained.  And now on January 12 this from US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎  "Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss developments in the Middle East.  Secretary Pompeo reiterated the need for NATO to play a greater role in the region and stressed the U.S. commitment to the UN-facilitated peace process in Syria." And for Guterres, on yet another junket in Lisbon? Nothing. Totally corrupt.

 On October 31, Guterres while refusing for the 11th day to answer on UN rapes, and Inner City Press' questions from the SDNY about Turkish state bank sanctions buster Halkbank, said nothing about either while physically in Syria - traveling, it seems, on the El Chapo money he bragged about receiving from Honduras. Then from the US, an actual read out, of the type corrupt Guterres unlike even Ban Ki-moon doesn't give while claiming the public should have any confidence in him: "The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.  Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to our bilateral relationship and, in particular, they discussed the importance of the October 17 U.S.-Turkish Joint Statement.  The Secretary noted our position requiring that the Turkish military, the Turkish-supported Syrian Opposition forces, and the withdrawal of YPG forces be in accordance with the statement regarding the safe zone.  The Secretary emphasized the need for all parties to adhere to the spirit and letter of the statement in order to address our mutual interests and concerns in Syria."

 Meanwhile, the UN won't even say if Guterres was told before or after Turkey's move on the Kurds in Syria. The UN, or at least Guterres, is corrupt - and of their censorship of Press there is no doubt.


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