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At UN, Fake Out at the Stakeout, Morocco Takes the Stage Denied to Polisario Front

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, December 10 -- When a country's Ambassador takes to the microphone and UN TV camera in front of the Security Council, it is supposed to be announced to the whole press corps, so that questions can be asked. Wednesday Morocco's new Permanent Representative Mohammed Loulichki appeared mysteriously on UN TV, smiling as he answered a series of questions about Morocco's and its King's commitment to human rights. Video here.

  Where were the questions about Morroco's controversial fishing off the coast of Western Sahara, for example, or the non-inclusion of the issue of human rights in the UN's reports on its peacekeeping mission there, MINURSO? Loulichki's appearance was never announced to the press, but UN air and even archive time was used.

   Some remembered that when the representative of Western Sahara's Polisario Front was speaking at the same microphone, and suddenly the camera turned off, the plug was pulled. That too was called an oversight and mistake. But perhaps a pattern is emerging.

Morocco's new UN Ambassador, stakeout fake out not shown

  An unrelatedly stakeout irregularity of recent days was the dominance of the area by the camera, meant for journalists to ask questions from, by the entourage of Croatia's president. He had come for the December 9 debate on terrorism, and came to answer questions. But the front spots were taken by his entourage, and soon it was said he must go. What about the lack of due process for those put on the UN's terror sanctions list? The question was not allowed. And so it goes.

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