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UN Whitewashes Its Failure in DR Congo As Civilians Killed and Raped by Peacekeepers

By Matthew Russell Lee, Photos, Periscope

UN GATE, Jan 21 – Amid righteous fury at the UN's under-performance under Antonio Guterres in protecting civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while his peacekeepers commit rapes which Guterres covers up, now on January 21 a white-wash report by the UN:

"On 9 December 2019, the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations asked Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz to lead an independent assessment of MONUSCO’s response to the high number of attacks against civilians allegedly committed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Beni territory, North Kivu Province, and attacks against the Ebola response in Mambasa territory in Ituri Province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)...  The independent assessment found that in the months of November and December alone, over 260 civilians, mainly women and children, were killed, by presumed ADF combatants in brutal attacks, mostly at night. The high number of civilian casualties was one of the main triggers of violent demonstrations against MONUSCO in North Kivu, including the destruction and looting of a MONUSCO Office in Beni on 25 November. The attacks against civilians occurred against the backdrop of a major offensive that the Congolese Army launched against the ADF on 30 October 2019.  Since 2014, the ADF have systematically retaliated against civilians to thwart the Congolese army’s operations against them.     The independent assessment concluded that protecting civilians in Beni territory requires a comprehensive response, involving all components of MONUSCO and the UN Country Team, as well as external partners.  The team recommended that MONUSCO, UNHQ and troop-contributing countries coordinate their actions to improve the mindset, capabilities and mobility of the MONUSCO Force Intervention Brigade to better address the unconventional threat posed by the ADF. The Department of Peace Operations is developing an Action Plan to implement the key recommendations of the assessment. "

  Which is to say, no one is being held accountable. And Guterres and his spokesman Stephane Dujarric won't answer Press questions about their failure, and Melissa Fleming bans Inner City Press from entering to ask. These people are criminals.

With the UN Security Council presidency for November being taken over by the UK Mission and its Karen Pierce, she bragged in his 1 November 2019 press conference that the UK would have a lot of meetings about Africa. Video from presser here.

  But none, it quickly became clear, about Cameroon, despite Paul Biya's killings there. This remained the case on November 13, even as UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric left unanswered this written questions from Inner City Press: "November 13-1: On Cameroon, what are the comments and actions if any of SG Guterres on Paul Biya saying, in Paris for the "Paris Peace Conference," that he "tried" to assimilate residents of SW and NW but failed (and will presumbly accelerate his murders in these regions)?  November 13-2: Again, while in Paris, did Guterres meet Biya? Beyond Macron, with whom did Guterres meet? Where are the read outs? Did Guterres discuss Cameroon, or Guinea, with Macron? Why no UN read out even on Cyprus meeting?"

  With no answers, Guterres is corrupt. But what about the UK? Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Allen did a palsey stakeout about the DR Congo, on which Guterres also refuses questions - but it it is not even on UNTV archive. It's as if it never happened. So too Karen Pierce's dodging apparently off camera evasion on North Korea later on November 13.

  On Cameroon as it turns out, just as Liam Fox bragged about New Age oil's deal with Biya, now London-based Tower Resources is bragging about its "in" with Biya's ministry: "Tower Resources said it had hired Geoquip Marine Operations to conduct a site survey of a planned well location at its Thali block in Cameroon.  The contract provided for investigator to arrive in Cameroon between 15 November and 30 December, subject to all relevant permits and the requisite license extension being received from the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development...  'We are looking forward to getting the site survey underway, which should be the final operational step before commencing drilling operations at Njonji,' chief executive Jeremy Asher said.  'We are still awaiting the formal extension from the ministry, but we are confident that this will be in place in good time for the survey.'"

   The UK has denied Inner City Press' FOIA request on its role in Cameroon, and its Mission and Pierce did nothing when UNSG Antonio Guterres had Inner City Press roughed up and banned now 485 days amid its questions about Guterres' Budget Committee deal with Biya's Tommo Monthe, procedural favors for silence.

  By Africa Pierce apparently meant only those countries where neo-colonial UK still wants to have a role, if only by getting its national appointed to UN roles, like Somalia and Libya.

  While there were mostly softball questions about rugby and, from Chinese state media, on the UK's supposed love of mediation and/or reconciliation, Pierce pointedly and repeatedly demanded to know who one questioning journalist was, and his media.

 Apparently Inner City Press which would have her, as it did Jonathan Allen, about Cameroon was not enough - she wanted only friendly questions. She said UK diplomacy is alive and well. That's not the story that FOIA, and the Mission's continued support of Guterres' ban on Inner City Press, tells.

 The UK has have a debate on Africa on November 4, and reconciliation on the 19th. There's Libya on the 18th, and Somalia no less than twice (but no Somaliland, Pierce made clear). November 22 is Yemen, on which Pierce took a question from a Saudi media she often pals around with, Jamal Khashoggi notwithstanding.

  Cyprus, of course, on November 25 - and Big Tony's Big Lunch on November 20. Inner City Press will cover as many of these as it can, including from the Delegates Entrance Gate where the UK Mission watched and did nothing, or worse, as censorship of Press took place right in front of them. Watch this site.


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