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On Syria UN Guterres Has Canned Statement While Banning Press Which Asks Of His Failures

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR Letter PFT Q&A

UN GATE, Feb 1 – Back on last 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.
  Now on February 1, 2020, from Guterres who has failed all year on Syria as on Libya and Yemen and Cameroon, this: "The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the ongoing military escalation in northwest Syria and calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities.  He reaffirms that attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including on healthcare and educational facilities, are unacceptable.     Military operations of all parties, including actions against and by designated terrorist groups, must respect the rules and obligations of international humanitarian law, which include the protection of civilians and civilian objects.     The Secretary-General reiterates that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict. The only path to stability is a credible and inclusive UN-facilitated political solution pursuant to Security Council resolution 2254 (2015).     Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General  New York, 1 February 2020." All b.s. Inner City Press, now banned from even entering the UN for 578 days and counting after asking Guterres about his failures and corruption, will have more on this.

 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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