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At the UN, Central African Republic Rebels Without a Report, Bangladesh Without an Envoy

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

UNITED NATIONS, January 15 -- The UN Security Council met behind closed doors for nearly two hours on Monday about the Central African Republic. Afterwards, the UN's envoy to the CAR, Senegalese ex-general Lamine Cisse, told reporters that everything is coming along smoothly with the "political dialogue" in the country, and that refugees from Darfur at in Chad, not the CAR. Inner City Press asked him about a report of 100 rebels attacking the town of Paoua in northwest CAR overnight.

            Mr. Cisse said "we are trying to find out if this involved highway gunmen or criminals, we should know in a few hours." Video here, from Minute 6:02. But the reports say the attackers were followers of Lt. Ndjadder Mounoumbaye of the "Popular Army for the Restoration of Democracy and the Republic."

            Inner City Press asked if all rebel groups are part of the political dialogue to which Mr. Cisse had referred. "Some parties have demanded that," he answered. "So the Groupe des Sages asks the rebels what they want." Video here, from Minute 7:55. Inner City Press endeavored to ask if, specifically, Lt. Mounoumbaye and /or the "Popular Army for the Restoration of Democracy and the Republic" are part of the political dialogue. But Mr. Cisse walked about from the microphone.

On the run in the CAR

Mr. Cisse's colleague, UNDP's Toby Lanzer, accepted the question in writing, while acknowledging that "because it fizzled," a previous question (from September 29, 2006) about the CAR had never been answered. As of 8:30 p.m. Monday, this current CAR questions wasn't answered either. Perhaps because most CAR questions are about Darfur, rebel attacks in CAR appear to be swept under the rug. Only because the question was asked at the stakeout did Mr. Cisse mention the rebel attack and did it appear in the UN News Service and Reuters. If Mr. Cisse earlier told the Security Council that the attacks were just "highway gunmen," was this an accurate assessment? Click here for contrary reports.

            So too at the UN's noon briefing, questions were raised without being answered. As Bangladesh is in chaos, is the Resident Representative in the country the voice of the UN Secretariat? Is Ban Ki-moon considering sending an envoy? The answer at noon was "I'm sure they are aware of what is being said over there." Video here, from Minute 13:05. From the transcript:

Inner City Press: Also, with all thatís going on in Bangladesh, it seems like the UN Resident Coordinator has made a number of statements about what would constitute legitimate elections and what should take place. Is there some thought of the Secretariat sending an envoy there? Is the Resident Coordinator checking with the Secretariat before she makes these statements?

Spokesperson: Iím sure they are aware of what is happening and of what is being said over there.

Inner City Press: Also, Ban Ki-moon met with James Morris on Friday I think. It was on his schedule. Do you know what that meeting was about or what they discussed?

Spokesperson: They of course discussed the World Food Program. As you know, Mr. Morris is supposed to leave in early April and to be replaced on 5 April. So it was just a visit to talk about the World Food Program and his own concerns.

   And on Bangladesh, from noon until 8 p.m. deadline, no further information. A response was proffered concerning threats by the Lord's Resistance Army to shoot their way back into Uganda:

"The comments you referred to are not new. Various members of the LRA have at various times threatened to withdraw from the peace talks or have the talks relocated, a demand about which the UN has no comment. For his part, Special Envoy Joaquim Chissano is in the region consulting with the parties, including Vice-President Machar of Southern Sudan, the facilitator, on how to move the process forward speedily, taking into account the yearning of the northern Ugandan people for peace and reconciliation after a 2-decade, divisive war."

            But the renewed cross-threats of a shooting war are new, and Mr. Chissano's reported comments seem strange, given Joseph Kony's refusal to meet with him.

            One question did get answered, by spokeswoman Soung-ah Choi: the www.asharosemigiro.com web site is not official, the UN called Asha-Rose Migiro and confirmed this and is now trying to get the sites taken down. Under U.S. law, at least, that would be Asha-Rose Migiro's call, and her case. We'll see.

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At the UN, As Vetoes Are Cast on Myanmar, Switzerland Muses on Council Reform and Alliance of Civilizations

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

UNITED NATIONS, January 12 -- At the UN Security Council on Friday, China and Russia vetoed a U.S.-sponsored resolution on the situation in Myanmar. The full vote was nine in favor, three against (South Africa also voted no), and three abstentions: Indonesia, Qatar and Congo-Brazzaville. By the same token, the U.S. in last year deployed its veto power during Israel's operation in South Lebanon. Of the 192 UN-member states, only fifteen are on the Security Council, and five have veto rights. Is this any way to run a global body?

            Wednesday night Switzerland's permanent representative to the UN, Peter Maurer, described for reporters a series of reforms he thinks are needed. He took for granted that the Permanent Five would use their vetoes to ensure their power is not diluted. Still Amb. Maurer proposed that some countries be allowed more than a two year stint every couple of decades, and instead be granted what he called "a more sustained presence on the Council." He suggested a five year term for some, and also improvements in "working methods." If countries not on the Security Council were consulted more frequently, perhaps enlarging the Council or lengthening some countries' terms would not be as important. He pointed to Germany's participation in debates about Iran as an example, and suggested that other countries have similar expertise and interests. The Internet, he said, could be used to allow those who are most interested to participate more fully.

            Ambassador Maurer said he would discourage Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from getting involved in or even taking a position on Security Council reform. "He can only lose," Amb. Maurer said.

See below for Inner City Press on the new Deputy S-G as blogger

            Inner City Press asked Ambassador Maurer if Switzerland had been told if their national, Nicolas Michel, might continue to serve as Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs. "He would like to," Amb. Maurer said, adding that Switzerland would like to keep the position as well.

            Inner City Press asked for Switzerland's view on the UN's Alliance of Civilizations project. In a burst of candor that is rare at the UN, Amb. Maurer said he would prefer not to be profiled as part of Western civilization, and that a neighbor of his, from Yemen, likewise did not want to be seen as part of Islamic civilization.  Amb. Maurer suggested that the project might make divisions more stark rather than less. He said that what he saw as this flaw in the project, however, might spark a productive debate. Asked about the U.S. bombings in south Somalia, Amb. Maurer noted that that too might be categorized as a clash of civilizations.

            Inner City Press earlier this week asked Ban Ki-moon's spokeswoman if Izbal Riza, Kofi Annan's chief of staff until the Oil for Food scandal, and later a $1 a year staffer for the Alliance of Civilizations, is still involved on the 38th floor of UN Headquarters. We can find out, the spokeswoman said. We're still waiting for a response.

            As to whether Switzerland might being contributing troops to UN peacekeeping missions, Amb. Maurer explained that the issue is controversial within Switzerland, and that resolution would have to await the next national election. For now, Switzerland will develop an online "peacekeeping portal." Ah, the virtual world...

Pronk Redux? DSG as Blogger

            Speaking of which, we end the week by noting that incoming Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro may be, like previous UN Sudan envoy Jan Pronk, a blogger. Replete with views of UN headquarters and feeds of UN news, she has a website, click here to view. Some have wondered how long it has been up, and about permitted uses of UN visuals. But Inner City Press' question is whether, like Jan Pronk, she will keep on posting as her work at UN Headquarters begins. The site's banner says "Unofficial site."

Update of Jan. 15, from  spokeswoman Soung-ah Choi: the www.asharosemigiro.com web site is not official, the UN called Asha-Rose Migiro and confirmed this and is now trying to get the sites taken down. Under U.S. law, at least, that would be Asha-Rose Migiro's call, and her case. We'll see.

At the UN, Questions of Reform Are Kept Off Ban Ki-moon's Center Stage While Sudan Is "Too Sensitive"

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

UNITED NATIONS, January 11 -- Whether in French or English or presumably Korean, so far Mr. Ban Ki-moon doesn't say much. At a press conference Thursday, Ban took and largely dodged 15 questions from reporters carefully selected by his spokeswoman. On discussions about Darfur, Ban said the situation is "too sensitive" to say much.

   Asked repeatedly about Somalia and the U.S. bombing there, Mr. Ban finally said he "fully understand[s] the necessity behind this attack" on a "hideout of Al Qaedas," but expressed through his spokeswoman concern about impacts on civilians. The question raised to the spokeswoman for Ban's position on China's recent killing of at least 18 people in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region remains unanswered, like many other questions.

            At the press conference, UN reform as such was not (allowed to be) raised. Rather, three selected questioners asked about the process by which Ban has made his five senior selections to date. The paper of record referred respectfully, and without name, to the Deputy Secretary General. Ban responded that, contrary to what Ms. Migiro has reportedly told the press, he spent six hours with her on an airplane, flying to Tanzania. The Sunday News of January 7 reported "the minister, exulting total confidence narrated events leading to her appointment. First she had only met the Secretary-General as former Foreign Minister of South Korea when he was welcoming guests to a dinner party during the recent visit of President Kikwete's visit to Korea. Apart from the official talks they had held, there was no further communication between the two ministers." Click here for that article.

Ban: Tightly scripted

            Fox News asked specifically about Alicia Barcena, and whether under her the "global taxpayers" will be able to be sure their money is being appropriately expended. Ban referred, for the second time in the press conference, to Ms. Barcena's time with ECLAC and as a vice minister in Mexico. Some have been asking about events just before she left that post. But this press conference was so tightly controlled that few substantive answers emerged.

            The Washington Post asked about patronage to the Permanent Five members of the Security Council. Ban's answer included the statement that he gives "due consideration" to important countries of the P-5, but still seeks qualified people who are "team players."

            Unasked was what Ban's open focus on "team players" means for the rights of whistleblowers in the UN system. Ban and his team have reportedly been asking senior holdover officials what can be done to "stop leaks" and avoid them in the future. This does not bode well for whistleblowers or for transparency. Nor does such tightly-scripted press conference. Under the previous administration, questions for example about Annan's financial disclosure form were allowed, to Annan himself. While Ban has tried to preemptively take this issue off the table -- at little real cost to himself, since his finances were already public as South Korean foreign minister -- so far real questions of UN reform have not been allowed, much less answered.

            In the real world of the UN as workplace, a much asked question is what will Ban do with "OHRM," the Office of Human Resource and Management and its current chieftain Jan Beagle. It is said that Ms. Barcena is lobbying for Ms. Beagle to stay, while the New York Staff Union has the contrary position. Democracy or insiders? What does it mean, to be a Ban team player? Time will tell.

            In the absence of substantive answers from Mr. Ban, the press corps is left with rumors and jokes. One wag called him Bon-kimon, playing off the video game Pokemon. The various rumors, we will not for now report. We'd prefer to get questions answered, to get them confirmed or denied. But for now answers, and even the opportunity to seek them, are not forthcoming.

Other Inner City Press reports are available in the ProQuest service and some are archived on www.InnerCityPress.com --

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At the UN, Iran Resolution Goes Blue as Ivory Coast is Traded Away With No Follow-up on Hmung

At the UN, Annan's Long Goodbye, With Oil for Food in the Air and Hothouse Musical Chairs

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At UN in Beirut, Dueling Charges of Job-Trading and Tax-Evasion, the Burden of Mervat Tallawy, Retaliation from Below

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At the UN, Ocampo 1 Says Kony To Jail and Ocampo 2 Sees No Serious Bertucci Charges, Dueling Parties

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At the UN, Indigenous Indignation, Revolving Door Mysteries and Peace Pipe Belatedly Smoked

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In UNDP, Questions of Money Wasted, Neutrality Trampled, Russian Office Audits Withheld and Sachs Expenses

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Retaliation Found at UNDP, While Dervis Is Focused on Turkey, In Two Weeks Will Take Questions

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At the UN, Jay-Z Floats Past Questions on Water Privatization and Sweatshops, Q'Orianka Kilcher in the Basement

In the UN Security Council, Speeches and Stasis as Haiti is Forgotten, for a Shebaa Farms Solution?

UN Knew of Child Soldier Use by Two Warlords Whose Entry into Congo Army the UN Facilitated

Impunity's in the Air, at the UN in Kinshasa and NY, for Kony and Karim and MONUC for Kazana

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UN's Guehenno Says Congo Warlord Just Needs Training, and Kazana Probe Continues

With Congo Elections Approaching, UN Issues Hasty Self-Exoneration as Annan Is Distracted

In DR Congo, UN Applauds Entry into Army of Child-Soldier Commander Along with Kidnapper

Spinning the Congo, UN Admits Hostage Deal with Warlord That Put Him in Congolese Army

At the UN, Dow Chemical's Invited In, While Teaming Up With Microsoft is Defended

Kofi Annan Questioned about Congolese Colonel Who Kidnapped Seven UN Soldiers

UN Silent As Congolese Kidnapper of UN Peacekeepers Is Made An Army Colonel: News Analysis

UN's Guehenno Speaks of "Political Overstretch" Undermining Peacekeeping in Lower Profile Zones

In Gaza Power Station, the Role of Enron and the U.S. Government's OPIC Revealed by UN Sources

UN's Corporate Partnerships Will Be Reviewed, While New Teaming Up with Microsoft, and UNDP Continues

BTC Briefing, Like Pipeline, Skirts Troublespots, Azeri Revelations

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UN Gives Mugabe Time with His Friendly Mediator, Refugees Abandoned

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In Uganda, UNDP to Make Belated Announcement of Program Halt, But Questions Remain (and see The New Vision, offsite).

Disarmament Abuse in Uganda Leads UN Agency to Suspend Its Work and Spending

Disarmament Abuse in Uganda Blamed on UNDP, Still Silent on Finance

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Strong Arm on Small Arms: Rift Within UN About Uganda's Involuntary Disarmament of Karamojong Villages

UN's Selective Vision on Somalia and Wishful Thinking on Uighurs

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UN & US, Transparency for Finance But Not Foreign Affairs: Somalia, Sovereignty and Senator Tom Coburn

Human Rights Forgotten in UN's War of Words, Bolton versus Mark Malloch Brown: News Analysis

In Praise of Migration, UN Misses the Net and Bangalore While Going Soft on Financial Exclusion

UN Sees Somalia Through a Glass, Darkly, While Chomsky Speaks on Corporations and Everything But Congo

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The Silence of the Congo and Naomi Watts; Between Bolivia and the World Bank

Human Rights Council Has Its Own Hanging Chads; Cocky U.S. State Department Spins from SUVs

Child Labor and Cargill and Nestle; Iran, Darfur and WHO's on First with Bird Flu

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The Place of the Cost-Cut UN in Europe's Torn-Up Heart;
Deafness to Consumers, Even by the Greens

Background Checks at the UN, But Not the Global Compact; Teaching Statistics from Turkmenbashi's Single Book

Ripped Off Worse in the Big Apple, by Citigroup and Chase: High Cost Mortgages Spread in Outer Boroughs in 2005, Study Finds

Burundi: Chaos at Camp for Congolese Refugees, Silence from UNHCR, While Reform's Debated by Forty Until 4 AM

The Chadian Mirage: Beyond French Bombs, Is Exxon In the Cast? Asylum and the Uzbeks, Shadows of Stories to Come

Through the UN's One-Way Mirror, Sustainable Development To Be Discussed by Corporations, Even Nuclear Areva

Racial Disparities Grew Worse in 2005 at Citigroup, HSBC and Other Large Banks

Mine Your Own Business: Explosive Remnants of War and the Great Powers, Amid the Paparazzi

Human Rights Are Lost in the Mail: DR Congo Got the Letter, But the Process is Still Murky

Iraq's Oil to be Metered by Shell, While Basrah Project Remains Less than Clear

Kofi, Kony, Kagame and Coltan: This Moment in the Congo and Kampala

As Operation Swarmer Begins, UN's Qazi Denies It's Civil War and Has No Answers if Iraq's Oil is Being Metered

Cash Crop: In Nepal, Bhutanese Refugees Prohibited from Income Generation Even in their Camps

The Shorted and Shorting in Humanitarian Aid: From Davos to Darfur, the Numbers Don't Add Up

UN Reform: Transparency Later, Not Now -- At Least Not for AXA - WFP Insurance Contract

In the Sudanese Crisis, Oil Revenue Goes Missing, UN Says

Empty Words on Money Laundering and Narcotics, from the UN and Georgia

What is the Sound of Eleven Uzbeks Disappearing? A Lack of Seats in Tashkent, a Turf War at UN

Kosovo: Of Collective Punishment and Electricity; Lights Out on Privatization of Ferronikeli Mines

Abkhazia: Cleansing and (Money) Laundering, Says Georgia

Post-Tsunami Human Rights Abuses, including by UNDP in the Maldives

Citigroup Dissembles at United Nations Environmental Conference

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