Myanmar For-Ex Losses Hit 25%, Nobel Winner Quotes
ASEAN as Admitting, DPKO's Numbers
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
September 29 -- Two months after
Press exposed 20% losses in Myanmar currency exchanges by the UN,
and a month after the UN switched
its figure to a mere 5%, Nobel Prize winner
Jody Williams restored the level of loss to 25%. She said that
recent mission to the region as part of the Nobel Winners' Initiative,
"ASEAN guy" told her that 25% of funds were being lost in foreign
currency exchange with "Burma's military junta... even before they
the real stealing." Responding to a
question from Inner City Press, she liked the latter to Nicaraguan
"selling humanitarian relief" after the 1972 Managua earthquake,
which she said "fueled the Sandinistas" rise.
leader Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann is now the president of the
UN General Assembly. Just before d'Escoto gave the final speech of
General Debate, Somduth Soborun of Mauritius intoned that "Mauritius
severely condemns the decision of Myanmar's military junta to prolong
arrest of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi." Given African Union position, Inner
Press asked him about it afterwards. "We supported Nelson Mandela,"
he said. "So how can we not similarly support Aung San Suu Kyi?"
Ki-moon's advisor Nicholas Haysom, a Nelson Mandela lawyer, was asked
Inner City Press to explain why Ban canceled his scheduled
September 27 press
availability about Myanmar. Sometimes, Haysom said, involvement in
limits the "capacity to stand outside the process and shout." But 19
days of silence from Ban after his envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Myanmar
without meeting with either Nobel Peace Prize-winning democracy leader
Suu Kyi or General Than Shwe?
Jody Williams at UN March 2007, before 25%
said the decision to cancel the September 27 press availability about
had been Ban's, and that he couldn't explain it. Perhaps the track
this issue criticize by Jody Williams explains it.
UN, Inner City Press asked UN Peacekeeping about its currency losses,
belated received the following this month:
[Inner City Press asked] Please
list any and all other countries in which the UN/DPKO/DFS has faced
exchange losses of over 5% and what DPKO/DFS have done/will do about
UN DPKO: "Recently the
Organization has sought increased requirements under its programme
well as in a number of peacekeeping missions, largely attributable to
generally unfavorable rates of exchange of the United States dollar in
to a number of other currencies. Additional requirements resulting from
exchange rate movements arise across almost all duty stations. There are a small number of locations,
notably Addis Ababa and Mexico City,
where the exchange rates moved in a favourable direction and partially
the additional requirements elsewhere. "
more on this.
Watch this site, and this Sept. 18 (UN) debate.
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