At UN, Outgoing Khalilzad Quieter on Congo and Reform, the
Price of Being Well-Liked?
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
January 12 -- With Barack Obama set
to take control in eight days, it's the time it seems for revisionist
assessments of Zalmay Khalilzad, the outgoing Bush administration's
Ambassador to the UN. Khalilzad is certainly better liked within the UN
his predecessor John Bolton. Liberal and moderates even sense that he
is one of
them. Some of this is due, however, to disinterest. Khalilzad's
Afghanistan and Iraq, to some degree the Middle East -- Africa much
and UN reform surprisingly little.
accomplishments on the first two
issues had to be bought by backing off on reform. Khalilzad rarely
UN's largest peacekeeping mission, and the largest global war since the
resulting in the UN: the Democratic Republic of the Congo. One assumes
this prioritization will change under Obama and the Ambassador he has
nominated, Susan Rice.
another sign of disinterest or priorities
being elsewhere, there is Somalia, a peacekeeping for which Condoleezza
projected before the end of 2008. While a
resolution is slated to be adopted before January 20, as
Inner City Press
exclusively reported at New Years, it will be a largely UK-drafted
different than which Condi Rice had said.
Khalilzad unlike Bolton, the US Mission became unwilling to comment
"on background" about UN reform.
Zalmay Khalilzad sings swan song, UN
reforms and Congo not shown
There are claims
of accomplishing a
UN-wide Ethics Program and Whistleblower Protection, as well as public
to information and financial disclosure, at UN Fund and Program like
Development Program, but Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon accepted outgoing UNDP
Administrator Kemal Dervis' assertion that the UN Ethics Office had no
jurisdiction over UNDP or its firing of a whistleblowing employee.
Administrator answers to his own Executive Board, now
Ban -- and the U.S., to be realistic -- will be naming Dervis'
not make accepting the jurisdiction of the UN Ethics Office a condition
In one comment that Team Khalilzad allowed to
be "on the record," Inner City Press asked Khalilzad if American Lynn
Pascoe will be staying as the head of the UN Department of Political
Khalilzad said he has no reason to believe that he will not.
A senior UN
official, asked Monday afternoon by Inner City Press about Khalilzad's
non-mention of the Congo, noted that his wife Cheryl Benard is very
in the Congo, particularly the issue of sexual violence there. So
is a divison of labor in the family. They are
nice people. Certainly they had their achievements. Why not then be
on the record?
approach will Obama, Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice take? Watch this
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UN, bailout, MDGs
and this October 17 debate, on
Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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