UN's Gambari Is Not Sure to Meet
Than Shwe, Myanmar Refugees Are Sold Out as Courtesy by UNHCR
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, January 30 -- The
UN on January 30 confirmed that envoy Ibrahim Gambari is traveling to
from January 31 through February 4. What they would not say, however,
Gambari will meet with. Inner City Press asked if, unlike Gambari's
he has an appointment with regime strongman Than Shwe. UN Deputy
Marie Okabe said only, senior government officials. But how senior?
Earlier in the month, Inner City Press asked for the
UN's response to
the National League for Democracy, that they will not discuss the
election without discussion the 2008 constitution, adopted during the
after Cyclone Nargis. The UN does not want to answer that question
Perhaps it will be like Gambari's last trip, with embarrassing
up while the UN remain silent.
UN's Ban and Myanmar's Than Shwe, Gambari's new visit not shown
This is a pattern with the UN. Agence France Presse
of January 30
reports that the UN's refugee agency UNHCR
refused to comment on the condition
of teenage refugees from Myanmar held in Thailand, out of "courtesy"
to Thailand's government. Inner City Press asked Ms. Okabe to
confirm or deny
the AFP account. Ms. Okabe said, you have yesterdays' hand-out. Yes,
but is the
AFP not true? Does UNHCR decline to tell the truth out of courtesy to
governments? It wouldn't be the first time.
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