Dissolves NLD, UN Prior Notice and Efforts Not Clear, UN
September 15 -- In the wake of Myanmar dissolving the
National League for Democracy of Aun Sang Suu Kyi, the UN Wednesday
issued cautious criticism in response to a question from Inner City
Press, while implicitly admitting the UN and its envoy Vijay Nambiar
cannot or simply do not speak with the parties there.
Inner City Press has asked UN spokesman Martin Nesirky about the NLD
being absent from the upcoming elections in Myanmar, which many call
a scam, Nesirky has responded with a UN position that the NLD was
free, and chose, to boycott the election.
But now that the
government has dissolved the NLD and other parties, the UN finally
had criticism ready. Did it come from UN envoy -- and chief of staff
to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon -- Vijay Nambiar? There is no way to
When Inner City
Press what Nambiar and his “Good Office” team have been up to,
Nambiar first said “you are well aware.” That is not the case.
For example, did Nambiar know in advance of the impending dissolution
of the NLD? Nesirky would not say.
Inner City Press
what Ban plans to come out of the September 27 meeting of his
“Friends on Myanmar.” While already for the similar meeting
about Sudan on September 24, also during the UN General Debate,
there's talk of an outcome statement about the planned referendum,
Nesirky merely said to watch for a press availability after the
September 27 meeting.
UN's Ban & Than Shwe: NLD, Aun Sang Suu
Kyi and Vijay Nambiar not shown
From the UN
transcript of September 15:
Press: On Myanmar and something about MDGs [Millennium
Development Goals] promotion, promotions by the UN. On Myanmar, the
National League, the NLD [National League for Democracy] has been
dissolved by the Government. They had previously voluntarily chosen
to boycott the election, and I think the UN had said, well it’s up
to parties what they want to do. But now the Government has
dissolved them and the party. The NLD has said that this is an
illegal move by the Government, that they’re protesting the
dissolution of their political party by the Government. So I’m
wondering, given the good offices role, given the run-up now to this
election, what’s the UN where it previously it sort of said, “well,
the NLD can boycott if they choose”, what about the Government
dissolving this historic force for democracy in Myanmar?
The Secretary-General notes with some concern the decision
by the Union Election Commission to dissolve 10 political parties
prior to the general election, including the National League for
Democracy and four others for failing to renew their registration,
and he further notes that the Union Election Commission has issued
campaigning guidelines for the remaining 37 parties to register to
contest the elections. The Secretary-General once again urges the
Myanmar authorities to ensure conditions conducive for a fully
inclusive and participatory electoral process.
Press: Thanks a lot for that. What’s the involvement of Mr.
[Vijay] Nambiar in the good offices and what does the
Secretary-General hope to come out of the meeting of the
Secretary-General’s Friends on Myanmar in the upcoming general
Well, I think you’re fully familiar with Mr. Nambiar’s good
offices role related to Myanmar. The Group of Friends meeting, which
would be at ministerial level, is likely to be on 27 [September].
Further details are being worked out on that, including press
availability, and I think at that point, after the meeting, you’ll
be able to find out the content of the meeting.
Press: Just about Mr. Nambiar, because I’m actually not
clear on what the office does. I wanted to know, on something like
this, did they know in advance that this decision was being made by
the Government? Had they spoken to the NLD about these concerns or
are they just reacting to the stories about it? I don’t meant that
insultingly, I just mean, I’m just trying to get a sense, did that
office try to forestall this decision by the Government, or are they
as mystified as everyone else?
Well, there are a couple of things here. Mr. Nambiar has support,
people who are obviously able to help him, who are monitoring this
daily, the whole time. Therefore, they will clearly have been aware
of movements. What the diplomatic process might entail, I’m not in
a position to say. I would reiterate what the Secretary-General
himself has said. He’s expressed his frustration here on the
access to the Myanmar authorities to talk about these kinds of
things, so I think that might answer your question.
So if Mr. Ban
cannot speak with the Myanmar authorities, despite the UN allowing
them to take up to 25% of post Cyclone Nargis aid money and declaring
the response one of his finest hours, it seems clear that Mr. Nambiar
can't either. What Good Offices? Watch this site.
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Visas for Cyclone NGOs, UN Looks Away, Blessing Scam
23 -- In the run up to a November election which will
exclude Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy, the
military government of Myanmar has moved to curtail the system of
entry visas for aid workers instituted after Cyclone Nargis.
expect the UN, whose Secretary General Ban Ki-moon once claimed this
post-Nargis access as one of his major accomplishments, to speak out
against this re-closing down of Myanmar, that has not been the case.
Inner City Press has repeatedly asked the UN
Spokesman Martin Nesirky
and UN officials who appeared only on condition of not being named to
list any recent accomplishment on Myanmar of the UN's Good Offices
role. On August 20, Inner City Press specifically asked if the UN
its envoy on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar, Ban's chief of staff, had any
comment on the visa crackdown. Here is the UN's response in Inner
on the TCG
From: UN Spokesperson - Do Not Reply
<unspokesperson-donotreply [at] un.org>
To: Matthew Lee [at]
Date: Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 3:25 PM
ASEAN annual meeting Hanoi on 19–20 July 2010, the ASEAN
Foreign agreed to officially to end the Tripartite Core Group (TCG)
and the ASEAN Humanitarian Task Force (AHTF) by 31 July 2010 and to
transfer the coordination role to the Government.
the Government’s announcement that Nargis related work
will be taken up by the relevant line ministries, the UNCT is
engaging closely with the authorities to ensure that needed
assistance in not interrupted.
15 UN agencies, 50 international organizations and a
similar number of local NGOs operating inside the country and are
working not only in the Ayeyarwaddy delta, but in all regions of
Myanmar. Looking forward, the United Nations and the Government of
Myanmar have reached agreement for collaborating on a two-year Joint
Humanitarian Initiative (2010-2011) for Northern Rakhine State, a
border area whose population faces a particularly difficult
combination of socio-economic and humanitarian factors.
the UN's current push for Pakistan end with a similar whimper?
UN's Ban at Burma model village, follow through not shown
reported on the Myanmar visa crackdown,
brings about several changes, none of them good for aid workers or
the cyclone survivors who can hardly make ends meet. First, as there
is no single ministry overseeing aid work, aid agencies will have to
sign cooperation agreements with individual ministries... A veteran
aid worker who declined to be named said that it usually takes
between four months and two years to obtain a cooperation agreement
with a ministry and another five months to be granted a visa.”
which time, of
course, the scam election entrenching the military dictatorship will
already have taken place -- with what to some now seems the de
facto “blessing” of the UN. Watch this site.
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Suu Kyi Absent from Ban's Statement As From Myanmar "Sham"
Nov 7 Election: Good Offices?
-- In the wake of the Myanmar military
government's announcement it will hold what was quickly called its
“sham” election on November 7, with Aung San Suu Kyi still under
house arrest, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky if
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon or his Myanmar adviser, Vijay Nambiar,
had any comment. Video here,
had nothing to say. Later in the day's noon briefing, a statement
was brought to Nesirky. When he read it out, it had no mention of
Aung San Suu Kyi, the long imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner who
declined to meet with Ban's previous Myanmar adviser Ibrahim Gambari.
does Mr. Ban believe that Aung San Suu Kyi should be able to
participate in the election? Video here,
“That's what it
says,” Nesirky replied, pointing at the canned “Statement
Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary General” that he
had just read.
didn't mention Aung San Suu Kyi.
UN's Ban, Gambari and Nambiar, reference to ASSK not shown
And earlier this month, Nesirky and
his office walked away from another similar statement, about Kashmir.
complained, the UN backtracked and noted that the
Secretary General himself had not said the words, they were mere
So what DOES
Mr. Ban himself think of the
Adviser, who just got a new sign on the UN Library's third floor,
despite rarely going to that office. When Gambari left the job, the
so called Good Offices role, Nambiar was called a temporary fill in.
But the post has yet to be filled. Some Good Offices. Watch this
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