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After Burma Killing Escalates Guterres Speaks of Accountability As Tries to Steal a 2d Term

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SDNY / UN GATE, March 27 – After the Burma coup regime fired its New York-based UN ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun for his speech in New York in the usually scripted UN General Assembly, the New York Times reported that the speech had been in Geneva.

Seven hours later, that remained uncorrected. Still, an official of Volkan Bozkir, who in fine Myanmar fashion refuses to name the authors of the letters and CVs of opponents to UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres, bragged about the session.

Now on March 27, this canned statement from Guterres: "The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the killing of dozens of civilians, including children and young people, by security forces in Myanmar today. The continuing military crackdown, which today resulted in the highest daily death toll since demonstrations against the coup began last month, is unacceptable and demands a firm, unified and resolute international response. It is critical to find an urgent solution to this crisis.     The Secretary-General reiterates his urgent appeal to the military to refrain from violence and repression. Those responsible for the serious human rights violations committed in Myanmar must be held accountable."

Accountable? While Guterres covers up for his cronies like Hochschild and Paul Biya? While Guterres himself tries to steal a second term by blocking all opponents, without any legal basis.

On March 5, this dodging from UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward, who colluded in the ban of Inner City Press for all of February as President of the UN Security Council and didn't answer Inner City Press' written questions on the UK's failures in Cameroon: "you don't see China and Russia as presenting roadblocks to any consensus position?      As I said earlier, we're in discussion with partners about a Council product, but it's important that the Council speak with one voice. So that's what we'll be pursuing."

  Corrupt censors. Hypocrites.

  After Guterres and his spokespeople dodged about who is Burma's ambassador -- eager to get China's support for a second term, taking the US for granted -- this from the US Mission: "Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield met virtually this afternoon with Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the UN. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield commended Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun for his courageous and compassionate statement at the UN General Assembly informal meeting on Burma last week and expressed the United States’ support for the people of Burma and the restoration of the democratically-elected government."

  Dujarric, while taking public money to work for the UN, says he is the spokesman for the incumbent, like part of a political campaign. We'll have more on this.


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