With UN's Gambari In Myanmar, Than Shwe and His Money Not
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, February 2 --
While UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari met with Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar on
the UN in New York declined to confirm reports that she told him that
Ki-moon should not come until she and other dissidents are released.
Press asked if Ban will consider going before these conditions are met,
Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe did not answer this question. Video here,
Minute 16:01. She said that Ban will
meet Gambari in Asia later in the week, and decisions will be made.
Gambari has met with ministers but not Senior Leader
Than Shwe. It is
not clear if he has questioned the 2008 Constitution, pushed through in
wake of Cyclone Nargis, or if he has looked into the UN's acceptance of
losses by accepting Than Shwe's exchange rate between dollars and
Certificates. In response to Inner City
Press' December 2008 story about
Nigeria, which Gambari used to represent as UN Ambassador, giving
no strings attached to the Than Shwe government, Gambari said he had
do with it.
But in response to Inner City Press' reporting, picked
up in Nigeria, the Human
Association of Nigeria has "carpeted the Federal Government for the
reported gift of a whooping sum of $500,000 to the military regime in
(former Burma). The group demanded an immediate explanation from the
Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua to Nigerians and the sack of the Minister of
Affairs, Mr. Ojo Maduekwe, for what it called total breach of several
pro-democracy sections of the 1999 Constitution." Click here
UN's Gambari in Myanmar, Than Shwe and money not shown
The UN's humanitarian chief John Holmes was
asked on January 19 by Inner City Press about such contributions made
the structure of the UN's formal appeals -- but, in this case, made
UN building, in the penumbra as it were of the UN.
We prefer it through us, he said, so it can
be tracked. Video here.
It appears clear that Nigeria never informed the UN about the
contribution. And now that they know?
at UN headquarters last
week during a press conference on the Responsibility to Protect -
Civil Society project, Inner City Press asked a speaker from Mindanao
Philippines about the application of "R2P" to Myanmar. He said he
favored it; another speaker said that a natural disaster should not be
a pretext. Click here
for video of that press conference, here
for a January 28
Inner City Press debate about R2P including in Myanmar.
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