UN, Algeria's Complaint
NGO Draws US Request for Delay
Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
19, updated -- A non-government group
rights record of several Arab country came under fire Monday before the
committee on NGOs. It began with a speech by the chairman, Sudan's
Permanent Representative, emphasizing the irresponsible behavior of
which may, he said, need to suspension or withdrawal of accreditation.
agenda was a complaint by Algeria against an NGO. No one wanted to name
complained-of NGO on the record, but two delegates said on background
that it was Alkarama.
The US argued for delay,
emphasizing the Martin Luther King holiday and the next day's
Barack Obama as President. Pakistan spoke and said, let's hear from the
states, Algeria. The United Kingdom proposed a "gentleman's agreement,"
to hear the complaint but not reach a decision today. The US spoke
modifying the UK proposal to say, no decision until at earliest on
gave the floor to "the observer states of Algeria," without ruling on
or even discussion the UK's proposed "gentleman's agreement." Algeria started its complaint, in French,
against "use of the consultative status by certain NGOs... The NGO
is the subject of our complaint... associated with an armed terrorist
the details are spelled out in our note verbal." Still no one had named
the complained-of group. We will have more on this.
UN's Ban with Algeria's foreign minister, Alkarama
basement Inner City Press was approached by the Permanent
Representative of a
European Union member. He called General Assembly President Miguel
Brockmann's behavior on Friday night, in trying to outmaneuver an EU -
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this the "axis of as*holes," a reference to outgoing U.S. President
George W. Bush's Axis of Evil formulation. The surprises on the list
Indonesia and Brunei, and Ecuador to some degree. Who knew? Question:
and not Sudan? Answer: Sudan was
recorded as absent, as were Israel and the United States, who's
was unmistakably present. Also listed as absent from the Gaza vote was
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