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Amid Burma Killing, Guterres Envoy Brags of Influence But No UNSC Action, UNGA Hot Air

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SDNY / UN GATE, June 18 – 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 refused to name the authors of the letters and CVs of opponents to UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres, bragged about the session. On June 18, after a regime-like 1-man election, Guterres grabbed five more years.

And his envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, bragged at a stakeout Inner City Press was banned from that the people in Myanmar all know her and she would give them hope. Why?

The UN Security Council took no answer; the GA had a vote with 36 abstentions (including ASEAN members Thailand , Brunei, Cambodia and Laos) and 37 not voting at all. Belarus, on which Guterres has an ambiguous stance, voted no. And Guterres' Lukashenko like Press ban continues.

But the reality is, Guterres removed Burma's or Myanmar's army from the UN "list of shame" for recruiting and using child soldiers, despite more than 200 cases. Emboldened by corrupt Guterres, they are recruiting and using even more. Now a call for Guterres, trying to steal a second term, to reinstate them on the list - but from a group which seems to join Guterres in banning Inner City Press from (its) press conference.

Tellingly, after UN PGA Volkan Bozkir's spokesman Brenden Varma (who blocks Inner City Press on Twitter) bragged there would be a GA vote on Myanmar on May 18, the vote is postponed and Varma, it seems, deleted his tweet without explanation, while uploaded selfies from Woodstock, Vermont. This is what the UN has come to: corrupt censorship. Burma indeed.

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  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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