Bakoyannis Called "Not Ready for Prime Time" by Some: Sri What?
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, February 28 -- Dora
Bakoyannis, the foreign minister of Greece, was unable on Friday to
the 2000 civilians killed this year in Sri Lanka. She came to speak to
Press outside the UN Security Council, which was holding a three-part
on the OSCE, peacebuilding and Sri Lanka. Inner City Press asked for
Greece's position on Sri Lanka, the debate on which in the Council has
the right of a government to kill civilians while fighting a separatist
"I will not
comment on that," Minister Bakoyannis
said, "I have to catch up with it." Video here,
from Minute 5:01.
Several Greek observers shook their heads, some embarrassed, some
judgmental. Not ready for prime time was the
verdict, they said.
intra-Greek critique, the larger question which we hope going forward
to explore is, Does a foreign ministry such as Greece's only take an
interest in conflicts outside of their region while they are on the UN
Security Council, or are aspiring for a seat?
asked if Russia building military bases in
Abkhazia and South
Ossetia would be helpful to her and the OSCE's attempts to keep a OSCE
in these areas, Ms. Bakoyannis answered only that it "should be
within the OSCE." Video here,
from Minute 4:54.
Ms. Bakoyannis and UN's Ban, her last time in
NY, Sri Lanka not shown
Bakoyannis did answer, or
at least respond to, Inner City Press' question about Nagorno Karabakh,
which she has been quoted that a solution's to be found within the
territory of Azerbaijan. She answered by referring to the Minsk
to bring it to a close by the end of 2009. Video here,
from Minute 2:11. This answer, but not the Sri Lanka no comment, was
picked up by the ANA news service, here.
of the Greek Mission to the UN, working around
the clock during
Ms. Bakoyannis' visit, were to accompany her to the airport after this
appearance. The Mission is among the more responsive in UN world, on
ranging from the riots to the intrigue around the U.S.'s planned use of
port by the name of Lobster for weapons trans-shipment. To bring
up to speed on major UN topics, at least those on the Council's agenda
day that she is there, would be another step forward.
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