UN, Ban and the Myanmese People, Food as UNRWA's Friends
Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Muse
5-- Returning from two weeks away from UN Headquarters,
Ki-moon on Monday took eight questions from the media. Two concerned
in food prices, a topic on which BAN and the UN Food and Agriculture
Organization are convening summits. But Senegal's President Wade had
the disbanding of FAO, despite its director Jacques Diouf also being
Along with the mystery of the Senegalese, we
have BAN Ki-moon's disappearing reference to the "Myanmese." He used
the word three times, video here from Minute 6:12, but the transcript removes this new word, substitute
"Myanmar people" and "Myanmarese."
The serious underlying is whether
that country's government will take steps to allow in UN and other
in the wake of the cyclone which has killed at least 10,000 people.
Lady Laura Bush has said the U.S. will give no more than $250,000 until
observers are let in. UN sources on Monday off-the-record took a not
position; a more senior UN official questioned whether Myanmar will go
with the planned referendum on its controversial constitution. Similar
questions exist about the run-off election offered in Zimbabwe by
Mugabe, about which Ban was also asked.
BAN's rostrum, two competing views
below, photo (c) M.Lee 2008
BAN was asked two sets of questions
about the Middle East -- Resolution 1559 and the work of the Quartet.
Monday, Ban spoke at an event of the "Friends of UNRWA," a new U.S.
charity headed by ex-Ambassador Richard Murphy. At the ensuing
City Press interviewed the Arab American Forum's Aref Assaf, who said
Murphy "has connections, but not the right connections." Some say the
connections are Saudi. But that's for another column.
Footnote: a hot
spot getting hotter that Ban was *not* asked about on Monday was
which Russia has moved hundreds of new troops, and where two more
drones were reportedly shot down over the weekend. Georgia had
press conference at the UN for 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, then abruptly
it. We will continue to follow the story.
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