UN Abductions in Pakistan, Like Fowler's
in Niger, Shrouded in Security Secrets, Selective Disclosures
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, February 2 -- As
the UN maintained its silence on the disappearance
of its Canadian envoy Robert Fowler in Niger
on December 13, Monday it shielded another abduction in secrecy, that
Solecki, an American representative of the UN refugee
agency in Quetta, Pakistan,
during which another UN employee, Syed Hashim,
was killed. Three days
after reporting the background
statement of a Permanent Five Ambassador of the UN Security Council
"is alive," Inner City Press asked the UN to confirm that is its
understanding. "I have nothing further to add," UN Deputy
Spokesperson Marie Okabe said. "As soon as I have news I'll let you
from Minute 22:08.
But Ms. Okabe's associate
Farhan Haq was quoted in the Canadian press
that Ban Ki-moon met with Fowler's wife Mary, a piece of news that
was never said
at a noon briefing nor conveyed to Inner City Press or others. Inner
on Monday asked if Ban had met with the families of Louis Guay or
Soulmania Mounkaila. Despite Haq's on
the record comment as to Fowler, Ms. Okabe did not answer about the
Regarding Quetta, Inner City Press asked what the
UN's security phase
is. "That's not something we'd make public," Ms. Okabe said. Video
from Minute 21:55.
As in Niger, an empty white UN vehicle, security
after the fact
the phase in Quetta was disclosed in an October
2008 news article which stated
enhancing the Security Phase were sent to the UN headquarters in New
said the Pakistani authorities concerned tried to convince the UN not
enhance the Security Phase in Pakistan, as it would hurt the status of
country internationally. But they failed to convince the UN
the secretary-general eventually approved enhancing the security phase
parts of Pakistan from phase-II to phase-III. A senior UN official,
contacted by The News, said following the declaration of Security
Islamabad, Rawalpindi, nine districts of Balochistan, including the
capital Quetta, the spouses and children of the international staff of
would be required to be relocated temporarily."
security did Messrs. Solecki
and Hashim have?
What was and is the UN
phase in Niger?
Why was there no UN
Fowler and his two companions as they traveled through Niger?
The questions pile up,
and the UN
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