Ouattara, not Hamas, Algeria or Gore, Chad's Friends Snark
11 -- At Tuesday night's reception for Chad's
independence, most talk was of Cote
d'Ivoire and “imperialism,”
as one African ambassador put it to Inner City Press.
me by name but use it,” he said, after asking why “the West” was so
about Alassane Ouattara not taking power despite being declared
winner. “Hamas won but wasn't recognized,” the African Ambassador
said, also citing Algeria and even Al Gore. He indicated to quote him
as "an African Ambassador" so that "the US and France won't know which
capital to complain to."
Coast, it was pointed out that while Ghana had been more than willing
to intervene for democracy in Togo, it now is opposed to such
“meddling” in Cote d'Ivoire.
it is said, is slated to leave New York this month. His predecessor
works for the UN in Nairobi. Thus does the UN keep African voices
of the Democratic Republic of Congo complained that the UN just
doesn't want to leave. Chad's Ambassador, the host, successfully
spoke in the Security Council in favor of the UN leaving his country.
One of his deputies argued to Inner City Press, “we have UNDP, we
have other UN organs, that's all we need.”
mood was of
rebellion, amid videos of Chad's Deby being sucked up to by France's
UN's Ban in Chad, blow off and suck up not shown
The turn out
was mostly African, although Inner City Press
noted and spoke with the Permanent Representatives of the UK,
Bolivia, Turkey, the Philippines and others. Jamaica was in the
house, as were Austria and Georgia. But where, one asked, was Susan
Rice of the US?
about the Obama administration cutting off aid for
non support of Copenhagen. “We didn't need Wikileaks to learn
that,” he said, predicting there will be no climate agreement in
Durban, maybe only in Qatar. We'll see.
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UN Retreats from Gbagbo Turf, Talks Tough in NY
-- While at the UN in New York the new Ambassador
of Alassane Ouattara says the UN is ready
to “be firm” to remove
Laurent Gbagbo from power, in Abidjan the UN peacekeepers drove
from a crowd of Gbagbo supporters, leaving behind four civilian UN
employees who were then disappeared.
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky on January 11 about an incident the
previous day, in which the UN “withdrew” from a neighborhood with
Gbagbo supporters in it. What are the UN's rules of engagement? How
can the it protect civilians if it retreats in this way?
Côte d’Ivoire, there’s this report of the
peacekeepers retreating, as some headlines put it, or turning around,
leaving a neighborhood described as being under Gbagbo’s loyalist
security concerns. Can you say, is that true, and what are the terms
of engagement, and are they going to return to this area? Or is that
an area they’re no longer policing or able to protect people in?
generally, obviously the Mission has a mandate
to protect civilians, and has been regularly patrolling. It also has
to exercise discretion where necessary. I can tell you that,
referring to an incident or an instance on 10 January — in other
words, yesterday — this was a logistics convoy from the Mission
that comprised four civilian trucks, and it was stopped at the
checkpoint near the American embassy on its way to re-supply the Golf
Hotel in Abidjan. And then a few minutes later, three vehicles with
some 20 defense and security force, FDS [Defence and Security Forces]
elements, arrived at the location. And then a crowd of several
hundred, which included five additional vehicles with 50 people from
the FDS, the police and the gendarmerie, and then four civilians who
were part of this convoy were taken into custody. And then, in the
meantime, the crowd started looting the items from the vehicles. The
peacekeepers, the UNOCI elements, left to bring reinforcements, and
when they returned the three civilian trucks and the four drivers
Choi Young-jin with peacekeepers, retreat &
legislative elections not shown
is, as I’ve been informed, is in direct
contact with the FDS leadership to ascertain their whereabouts and
the mission is investigating the incident and is also putting in
place measures to try to reduce the risk of such incidents occurring
in the future.
said 13 trucks, that seems to add up, it sounds like
[inaudible] the incident that’s being --
telling you – this is from the Mission. Okay?
it's NOT okay.
Watch this site.
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Customs & Paying Gbagbo Army, UN Is
In and around the UN in New York there is open
talk about trying to cut off Laurent Gbagbo's access to cocoa customs
in Cote d'Ivoire, or to paying bribes to his military to defect.
is UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon part of these discussions?
date of January 16 is named for when payment is
due to Gbagbo's military. One Ambassador told some of the press that
Gbagbo's military is being told that “the ICC is watching,” and
that ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo told the Council that not only
Ouattara but also Gbagbo recently called him. France is described as
trying to blockade cocoa custom funds to Gbagbo.
7 asked Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky if, during Ban's
video conferences with his envoy in Abidjan Choi Young-jin the two
speak on these topics. “The Mission monitors such developments with
a close eye,” Nesirky replied. He added that “the Mission keep
Headquarters informed... They assess every aspect across the
spectrum.” Audio here, from Minute 18:40.
some, this was
a surprising answer.
UN's Ban & Choi, talk of cocoa customs & payments not shown
called for a Special Forces action
against Gbagbo and Inner City Press asked Nesirky about it, he
replied that the UN favors a diplomatic solution. Watch this site.
how the UN could conclude that the deadly fighting in
Douekou was not related to the Gbagbo - Ouattara standoff. Rather
than explain, Nesirky read out a note that a seven person team from
Abidjan will go to Douekou with aid and to assess. Then what?
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Raid on Opposition Office, Ban's Spokesman
Passes Buck to DPKO Missions
doing in Cote d'Ivoire and whom
is it protecting? After forces of Laurent Gbagbo raided the offices
of the opposition Democratic Party of Ivory Coast, Inner City Press
asked the UN to confirm whether one or four people had been killed,
and to state where other that the Golf Hotel is it protecting, even
just in Abidjan.
Martin Nesirky, who earlier spoke about the ONUCI Mission's
“patrols,” replied that UN peacekeepers had “sought to gain
access but it was not yet possible.”
UN was purporting to protect offices of opposition
political parties, or by implication their officials.
“The focus is
Golf Hotel,” Nesirky said. As the UN says when civilians are
slaughtered or raped in Eastern Congo, he said UN peacekeepers “can't
be everywhere all the time.” Here we're talking about a foreseeable
attack on an opposition politicial party's office right in Abidjan.
The UN couldn't be there?
City Press learned that the Council will in
all probability have consultations on Cote d'Ivoire on January 5.
“We're still consulting” a source told Inner City Press, “but
it looks like it will be tomorrow.
briefing, Nesirky added that he would “defer to [his] colleagues in
the Mission” to provide further answers. Video here,
UN's Le Roy meets Ouattara, answers on protection of
offices not shown
only for Ban Ki-moon but for the UN Secretariat,
which includes UN peacekeeping missions, increasingly engages in this
passing of the buck. In just the past ten days, he has told Inner
City Press to go ask the UN Mission in Kosovo about a UN judge who
let an organ
theft defendant go free.
He has allowed the
UN - African
Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur to go 11 days without answering a
question about rape by Sudan government officials right next to UN
Nesirky has told to go ask MINUSTAH in Haiti
how much the UN pays an official. We'll have more on that one, and
the others. Watch this site.
for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters
footage, about civilian
in Sri Lanka.
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City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger
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December 12 debate on UN double standards
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and this October 17 debate, on
Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click
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Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an
undefined trust fund. Video
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