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UNPGA Prez Volkan Bozkir Cut Disclosures So Press Asked Why Post UN Bribes of Ng and Ho

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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UN GATE, Sept 5 – How untransparent is today's United Nations? On May 15 the UN General Assembly held a "informal interactive dialogue" for the lone rubber-stamp candidate to be UN President of the GA, Volkan Bozkir. 

  Since there is no other candidate, it was akin to a presidential debate in North Korea.

 And now after Bozkir was rubber stamped, still without yet taking any action on the banning from the UN of the most active Press, Inner City Press, he has put up a website for his presidency. It does not even include the rudimentary transparency on finances and who pays which staff member that was implemented after the convictions for bribing UN PGAs of Ng Lap Seng and Patrick Ho of CEFC China Energy, links to which Guterres hides and bans the Press for.

   On September 5, after submitting a new application for access to cover the upcoming UNGA Week and UN going forward, Inner City Press directly asked Vulkan Bozkir: "Given the recent history of the  @UN_PGA  office - John Ashe arrested for bribe taking before his death while lifting weights, Sam Kutesa shown to have taken $500,000 from CEFC China Energy - will you be putting finances on your website? & ensure Press access to UN?"

This was in reply to, on top of: Volkan BOZKIR @volkan_bozkir  · Sep 4 UN Permanent Representative of El Salvador, HE Egriselda Lopez visited me today in my transition-period UN Office. We discussed issues on the agenda of the 75th UNGA and the upcoming high level week."  We'll have more on this.

Bozkir has begun stocking up. On August 26, his spokesman (who also represented Miroslav Lajcak) - Brendan Varma. Now, he use to answer questions from Inner City Press. But that was before corrupt Antonio Guterres took over. Will he now? We'll see - and report. From two 2018 UN transcripts:

9 July 2018: "Question:  Yeah.  I just want to ask a follow‑up to the question about the 3 July incident involving Inner City Press.  Will the review include an evaluation of the actions by security itself that were alleged looking into whether, in fact, physical force… any physical force was used against Mr. Lee and the circumstances surrounding that as opposed to just his conduct, which, of course, I understand, but is… is the security's actions itself… are they going to be examined?  Deputy Spokesman:  We are looking into the matter thoroughly, including the actions taken by the security forces.  At the same time, I would point out that there is a concern whenever anyone, whether media or otherwise, has an altercation with the security in the build… inside the building.  Yes?"

8 August 2018

Question:  Farhan, can you confirm receipt of a formal complaint that has been submitted to the Secretary‑General by Inner City Press on prohibited conduct?  Did you… have you received…?  Deputy Spokesman:  I believe that has been received and is being reviewed.  Question:  What action will be taken into… in regards to that?  And will that hold up a decision that has been ongoing on the status of Inner City Press?  Deputy Spokesman:  I don’t believe it will hold up any decision.  I think, once a decision is made, we will convey it to Matthew, and then I will let you guys know.  And with that, Brenden Varma, come on up.

 No, it's been Come on down...

From Inner City Press on August 21: "Tegan Brink Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly" - from Australia's mission. Will she ensure that active press can enter and ask questions in the UN? Or collude in censorship?

And in other ways too: Turkish "diplomatic" Volkan Bozkir is best known for saying, after "drag queen" Conchita Wurst's Eurovision win, "Thank God we no longer participate in Eurovision."

   Yet watch corrupt UNSG Antonio Guterres speak warmly about it. Guterres believes in nothing but himself, wanting to "run" unopposed for a second term. This should be denied. Here's the notice, from another UN office whose spokesperson Reem Abaza like Guterres' Stephane Dujarric refuses to answer Inner City Press' written questions about its corruption:

 "The President of the 74th session of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande will convene an informal interactive dialogue with the candidate for the position of President of the 75th session of the Assembly, Volkan Bozkir on Friday, 15 May 2020, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.     The dialogue will be held via a virtual platform due to the continued limitations on holding large in-person meetings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic."

  Under Guterres' Melissa Fleming, it seems Inner City Press will be denied video of the "debate." Inner City Press, banned from the UN and now its Zoom rooms for 785 days, will have much more on this. Watch this site.


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