Impunity's in the Air, at the UN in Kinshasa and NY, for Kony and Karim and
MONUC for Kazana
Matthew Russell Lee at the UN
NATIONS, August 2 -- As in the Congo both
UN envoy William Lacy Swing on Wednesday told reporters in New York all
irregularities with the election "have been dealt with by the electoral
Swing later modified, saying the irregularities "are being" dealt with.
These were not the only word games deployed by Mr. Swing over the video
connection. Inner City Press asked Swing to explain why he had applauded the
offer of a position in the Congolese army to Mathieu Ngudjolo, a warlord with
the Mouvement Revolutionnaire Congolais (MRC) who has previously been
quoted justifying the use of child soldiers.
think you're quoting me on that," said Mr. Swing. "It's not my business to
UN press release
read out at the noon briefing in New York on July 27 states, "William Lacy
Swing, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC, welcomed
the agreement, signed yesterday in Bunia by the Congolese Government and the MRC
in the presence of UN officials, calling it a major step forward for the
elections." Perhaps there is some semantic difference between applauding and
welcoming. Less semantic is Mr. Swing's and the UN's decision to acquiesce to
the offer of a colonel's position in the Congolese army to Peter Karim, who took
hostage seven peacekeepers in the UN's MONUC mission "for forty one days," as
Mr. Swing emphasized.
absolutely our top priority to get them released," said Mr. Swing. Last week,
the UN's head of Africa peacekeeping Dmitry Titov acknowledged that the offer of
a colonel's role to Peter Karim was "as part of the negotiation" to get the
peacekeepers released. Wednesday Mr. Swing reverted to the old, previously
abandoned story, that the offer only came about after Peter Karim freed the
timing of MONUC's self-exoneration, see July 28 report below, Mr. Swing stated
that MONUC had last week sent to New York its report, apparently the one page,
typo-ridden document handed to Inner City Press Friday in the spokesman's
office. Mr. Swing stated that he or his spokesman would provide the date of the
report. As of 10 p.m. Wednesday in New York, the date had not been provided.
Swing and de La Sabliere
on other UN information not provided yesterday by deadline, but arriving today:
at Tuesday's noon briefing, it was
said from the podium that
three hospitals in South Lebanon had been closed for lack of fuel for
generators. Inner City Press asked for the names of the three hospitals, beyond
Bint Jbeil. Wednesday morning, the following arrived:
"Subject: your question on Lebanese
From: __ @un.org
To: matthew.lee [at] innercitypress.com
Sent: Wed, 2 Aug 2006 11:23 AM
"WHO says the health sector is suffering
from lack of supplies and fuel. The fuel shortage has forced Mais Al-Jabal
hospital to close down and Marjeion hospital is to close tonight. Ghandour
hospital (also in south Lebanon) was bombed while Tyre public hospital is
running out of supplies and could close down soon."
needlessly contentious, that would be one hospital closed, and one to follow.
Facts are facts, and many go unascertained. For example, the presence of
Ethiopian troops in Somalia. While the UN continues to say it is not positioned
to confirm the invasion,
BBC on Wednesday quoted diplomats
that Ethiopian prime minister "Meles had privately acknowledged the presence of
Ethiopian troops on Somali soil."
Inner City Press asked Ghana's ambassador,
and this month's Security Council president, Nana Effah-Apenteng if and when
Somalia will appear on the Council's agenda. "When one member asks for it," he
answered. Asked about Uganda's offer of amnesty to the Lord's Resistance Army's
Joseph Kony despite his indictment for war crimes by the International Criminal
Court, Amb. Nana Effah-Apenteng stated that during the Council's recent
consideration of reports on Resolutions 1653 and 1663, the Council decided to
"let the Juba process have a chance." He added that he was not ready to express
Ghana's view on the offer of amnesty to Kony. Video is
Impunity seems the
order of the day. One reporter, not this one, opined that this is the way of
the world, to let bad actors into the army, to keep them from doing even more
harm. Another reporter, also not this one, pointed out that it was under
William Lacy Swing that the scandal of UN peacekeepers trading eggs and peanut
butter for underaged sex in East Congo took place, but that Mr. Swing was never
held accountable, due to his nation's protection. Forgiveness is one thing,
all this make the UN appear? Wednesday
Inner City Press asked the
panel assembled for the 60th anniversary of the World Federation of United
Nations Associations whether they distinguish between the UN and Security
Council, as it appears those who looted the UN's building in Beirut did not. "We
are constructive critics, replied acting S-G Pera Wells. Inner City Press asked
if WFUNA has a position on such matters as expansion of the Security Council,
and granting permanent seats to such nations as India and Brazil, and Japan and
Germany. The matters will be discussed at an upcoming Argentine plenary. We'll
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Still Silent on Somalia, Despite Reported Invasion, In Lead-Up to More Congo
Matthew Russell Lee at the UN
NATIONS, August 1 -- When troops of one country invade another, what does the UN
do? It depends.
face of widespread reporting of Ethiopian troops in Somalia, Inner City Press
has for the last two days asked Kofi Annan's spokesman's office for confirmation
and comment on this fact. Monday the response was that the UN "is not in the
position" to ascertain whether there are Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia.
Tuesday the spokeswoman quoted Kofi
Annan's envoy to Somalia
Francois Lonseny Fall "at the IGAD meeting in Nairobi" on the importance of
continuing the "dialogue between the Transitional Federal Government and the
Supreme Council of Islamic Courts." Given that the TFG had in the past 24 hours
postponed the dialogue in Khartoum for at
least 15 days, Inner City Press
asked what Mr. Fall was referring to, whether it took into account the
postponement and the further defection of ministers from the TFG cabinet. "He's
aware of press reports," the spokesman answered.
members of the regional group IGAD are Ethiopia and Eritrea. So Inner City Press
asked, did Francois Lonseny Fall at least at the meeting ask the Ethiopian
representative if his country's troops have cross into Somalia? "I have his
statement," was the answer. And nothing more to say? Apparently not.
the UN's blind spot
part of the
much longer -- one wag said "disproportionate" -- concerned events in Lebanon.
It was said that three hospitals in south Lebanan have closed for lack of fuel.
Inner City Press asked for the hospitals' names and locations, beyond Bint Jbeil,
and asked for more information on the attack on the UN's building in Beirut. The
spokesman emphasized that the Lebanese government and Hezbollah both appealed to
the crowd to stop the attack. There were no injuries, he said. The staff had
been evacuated. The scope and cost of material damage has yet to be assessed.
of the less tangible damage to the United Nations' image? At UN Headquarters
Tuesday, the mood was slow and languid. Drifting out from the Security Council
were the U.S. Jackie Sanders and the income Council president, the Ambassador of
Ghana. Maybe later this week, both in essence said. Maybe.
the Council has a building in Beirut? The operational side of the UN is not
paralyzed. The World Food Program is charged with getting fuel into Beirut.
Twenty-five WFP staff
were in fact in the building
in Beirut was it was attacked. Monday's New York Times spoke of the U.S.
teetering on the brink of a public relations disaster. But the U.S. has stronger
building, further set back from the street. The UN Secretariat brings out the
big guns on Lebanon, without as yet effect. On another invasion, and the crisis
in Somalia, very little is said or done.
the spokesman's office referred Inner City Press, on the current question of the
TFG's allegation that Egypt, Libya and Iran are supporting the Islamic Courts
Union, to a months-old experts report on sanctions violators, S/2006/229. The
report describes arms shipment to the warlords and TFG; only Eritrea is
presenting at supporting what the report calls militant Islamic fundamentalists.
According to the report, Ethiopia drove 10 trucks to Jowhar, including 2000
AK-47s and 100 rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers. Yemen provided the TFG
with 15 Toyota Land Cruiser pickup trucks, to be converted into technicals. The
report refers to "clandestine third-party involvement in Somalia" in support of
the "Alliance for Peace Restoration and Combat Against Terror," APRCT. The
report states that the "Monitoring Group did not specify third-country
involvement because at the time of the writing of the present report it had not
completed its investigation." And now? Francois Lonseny Fall, where are you?
questions exist about William Lacy Swing, at least tomorrow. At 2 p.m. Wednesday
in New York, Mr. Swing will appear on a video screen on the 32nd floor of UN
new allegations of fraud in the elections,
and outstanding questions about the incorporation of warlords into the Congolese
army and the quickly-released and now-apparently-ongoing investigation into the
events at the village of Kazana, here's hoping that the video hook-up stays
UN's Guehenno Says Congo Warlord Just Needs Training, and Kazana Probe Continues
Matthew Russell Lee at the UN
UNITED NATIONS, July
31 -- The allegations in the Congo that UN troops stood by while the army
destroyed the village of Kazana in Ituri are still being investigated, the UN's
head of peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guehenno said Monday. Inner City Press had on
Friday asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan about the just-announced exoneration
of the UN's Congo force, called MONUC; Mr. Annan said he'd look into it. Mr.
Guehenno, asked Monday by Inner City Press when the investigation has been
completed responded that "we got a report from MONUC, we are looking into it...
we'll continue to look at it." Video
Minutes 23:50 to 30:30.
about the offer of a colonel's position in the Congolese army to Peter Karim,
who held seven UN peacekeepers hostage until earlier this month, Mr. Guehenno
said, "I know he wanted to be a colonel... if he does become a colonel in the
Congolese army, he will need a lot of training, let me say that." Video
at Minutes 40:35 to 43.
Guehenno had previously said, without any indication that it was off-the-record,
that during the negotiations to get the UN peacekeepers released, Mr. Karim was
erratic, frequently changing positions, and was "on drugs." At a minimum, the
training to which Mr. Guehenno referred on Monday would have to include
said, "let's look at the facts and not at the spin machines." Mr. Guehenno
defended MONUC on Kazana by referring to the phrase, "Damned if you do, damned
if you don't... MONUC was accused of not being strong" in fighting eastern
militias' "work of destruction and death." But one of the most destructive
militias has been Peter Karim's.
remain about the culpability of the UN, in acceding to and / or participating in
a deal in which a warlord the UN knows to be on drugs is offered a colonel's
position, putting more civilians at risk.
disparity between the statement in the New York Times on July 28, that MONUC
never asked for video footage of Kazana, and the statements of Kofi Annan's
Congo envoy William Swing, repeated by Mr. Guehenno on Monday, that the video
tapes were requested, also needs to be resolved. It was announced Monday at the
noon briefing that Mr. Swing will take questions from reporters at UN
Headquarters later this week. Developing...
president Jean-Pierre "Mange-Twa" Bemba, who during the campaign
proclaimed "I am
not a cannibal," claims to be ahead in the voting and like many "warned
he would not accept defeat by President Joseph Kabila if he felt the process
was rigged." We'll see.
line in DRC
Also at the UN: Of Georgian Gorges and
Blindness in Baidoa as Somalia's Invaded
UN news, beyond the 14-1 passage of the resolution on Iran, and paralysis in the
face of Qana, the outgoing permanent representative of Georgia Rezav Adamia
Monday gave what he promised is his last press conference, for a mere six
minutes to a nearly empty room. It concerned events in the Kodori Gorge, which
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin had addressed in a stakeout interview on
Friday. Amb. Churkin had denounced Mr. Adamia as engaged in "blatant
disinformation" about the discussions in a Security Council consultative meeting
which Mr. Adamia did not attend. Inner City Press asked Amb. Churkin if Mr.
Adamia had been invited or allowed to attend the meeting. Video
at Minute 3:00 to 3:30. Amb. Churkin replied that is not the procedure for
consultative meetings. Inner City Press asked, in light of previous Russian
blocking of Georgia attendance at Security Council meetings on Abkhazia, if Mr.
Adamia had in effect been blocked this time. No, Amb. Churkin responded, before
going on to admonish the press to report things more accurately. Note to
Churkin: this is not Moscow, said one wag at the stakeout.
at Monday's noon briefing, spokeswoman Marie Okabe maintained that the UN is not
in the position to ascertain if Ethiopian troops have invaded Somalia. Beyond
the obvious questions -- why now? and, who is? -- Inner City Press asked if the
UN or Mr. Annan's envoy on Somalia Francois Lonseny Fall have any comment on the
assertion by the prime minister of the UN-supported transitional government in
Baidoa that Egypt, Libya and Iran are illegally supporting the Islamic Courts
Union. At noon now answer came; later in the afternoon this arrived:
"Re: Your question on Somalia at noon
The SRSG for Somalia, Francois Lonseny
Fall, has no comment on the Somali Prime Minister's claim that Egypt, Libya, and
Iran are arming the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts in Mogadishu. While such
statements are noted for what they are worth and, if necessary, their veracity
is probed within the larger context of the mandate of the UN Political Office
for Somalia, the SRSG is not in a position to comment on each and every
allegation made by the parties or their representatives on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, though, the Security Council-mandated Monitoring Group on Somalia has
provided useful hints on possible sources of arms flow into Somalia in the
Group's most recent report to the Security Council."
already read the report -- which refuses to name the "clandestine party" then
providing arms to the since-defeated warlords -- but hey, reading's always good.
We close with this question: whether before the cursory vote Monday on the DR
Congo sanctions, the Security Council members bothered to read the report of the
Group of Experts. If they did, they'd know that hundreds of kilos of uranium
among other things are going missing...
With Congo Elections Approaching, UN Issues Hasty Self-Exoneration as Annan Is
Matthew Russell Lee at the UN
NATIONS, July 28 (updated 7/30, below) -- Two days before the elections in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, the UN hastily issued a six-paragraph statement that
allegations of abuse and negligence by UN asserting that allegations of abuse
and complicity by its mission in the DRC "have been thoroughly investigated and
before this exoneration was given to reporters, the day's New York Times
appeared with an
the television journalist who had filmed the underlying events and their
aftermath in Kazana village in April. He wrote that "United Nations
investigators never asked to see the many hours of footage we took."
UN's Kofi Annan attended a Security Council briefing on Lebanon, his spokeswoman
Marie Okabe was asked by Inner City Press about the op-ed. Video
June 19 and
Inner City Press had also asked about the UN's investigation of events at Kazana,
and on July 26 Inner City Press asked the UN's head of peacekeeping in Africa
Dmitry Titov about the status of the investigation. Mr. Titov called the
investigation "ongoing," and added that "we are interested... to come out of
this as clean as we can."
48 hours after Mr. Titov's statement about the ongoing investigation, the
investigation was ostensibly concluded, and all allegations deemed "untrue."
Annan in DCR, March 23, 2006
one-page statement, provided to Inner City Press full of typographical errors
andnot even on letterhead, states that "fighting against militiamen is not an
easy task, as demonstrated by the recent death of a Nepalese Blue Helmet in a 28
in operation" [sic; full MONUC statement is below].
referenced UN peacekeeper from Nepal was killed on May 28, when East Congo
militiaman Peter Karim took hostage seven other UN peacekeepers. Earlier this
month after negotiations involving Peter Karim and the UN, the peacekeepers were
released and Mr. Karim was offered the post of colonel in the Congolese Army.
After initial waffling by the UN spokesman's office, Dmitry Titov on July 26
acknowledged that the offer of "a post" to Peter Karim was "as a result of the
deal" to release the UN peacekeepers.
Annan took questions from the press on Friday afternoon. Inner City Press asked
about the hastily-issued exoneration of the Kazana allegations, without the UN
having asked to see the underlying video, and about Peter Karim being offered a
colonel's post in the Congolese army. Video
at Minutes 16:45 through 18:18)
"With these two as the backdrop,
is the UN system so committed to the elections that it is issuing half-dash
exonerations" and "why would Peter Karim, who you said would face personal
accountability, be allowed into the Congolese army?"
Mr. Annan answered, "I do not
have details on the issues you've raised... I was not aware that Karim had been
abducted, recruited into the Lebanese, Congolese army."
"But Mr. Titov--"
"Titov. But I am not aware of it.
I will have to follow up."
Monday Mr. Annan was provided, in hand, a Reuters article describing the offer
of a colonel position to Peter Karim. Inner City Press waited more than an hour
outside a meeting between Mr. Annan and the chief executives of large
pharmaceutical companies, endeavoring to ask Mr. Annan about Peter Karim. When
Mr. Annan emerged, he said his mind was too full with the pharmaceutical and
other issues, but he took the Reuters article, in the margin of which was
written, "Personal accountability? May 30, 2006. Or impunity?"
30 reference was to Mr. Annan's answer, at another
stakeout interview, to Inner City Press'
question about the then
just-kidnapped peacekeepers. Mr. Annan said
"we have been in
touch with Karim's group – we think that is the group holding them, and
demanding their release. And hopefully, we will get them released. But Karim and
others who get involved in these sort of activities, must understand that they
will be held accountable... They will be held individually accountable for these
afternoon of July 28, two months later, Mr. Annan said: "I will have to follow
up." We'll see.
Update of July 30:
During the afternoon of Friday, July 28 in New York, Kofi Annan answered Inner
City Press' stakeout question -
"I do not have details on the issues
you've raised... I was not aware that Karim had been
abducted, recruited into the Lebanese, Congolese army."
cursory web research shows that earlier on July 28, Kofi Annan's Deputy Special
Representative of the Secretary General in the DRC
Haile Menkerios said, in an
interview on the UN's Monuc.org, that " the
agreement with Peter Karim’s group and the MRC is very positive not only for the
elections, but for the future extension of state authority."
for the interview, at
for SRSG William Lacy Swing's letter to the IHT, which among other things
doesn't specify just when this investigation was completed; Developing...
UN MONUC statement as
distributed July 28, 2006
"There are media
reports alleging that a number of civilian casualties may have resulted from a
military operation by the Congolese armed Forces (FARDC) with the support of
MONUC troops on 22 April 2006, in the village of Kazana, Ituri District, in
North East DRC. These allegations have been thoroughly investigated and found
"On 22 April 2006, a
joint MONUC (1 Pakistani company, 1 company South African) FARDC (3 companies)
operation was launched against militia positions in Kazana. After being fired
upon by hostile elements, MONUC and FARDC forces engaged the militia positions
with mortar fire from 0600 to 1000hrs. At 1200hrs, MONUC and FARDC troops
entered the village which was condoned and searched. During the operation which
lasted was over [sic] at 1600hrs, 1 FARDC soldier was killed in action, 3 others
were wounded, and 4 dead bodies were recovered.
"On May 20 the
operation ITURI EXPLORER was launched in Tchei, 65 kilometers south west of
Bunia, to clear it of the presence of militiamen. Approximately 1000 MONUC
soldiers as well as 3000 FARDC were involved in this operation.
armed groups had stepped up their activities and presence in the territory of
Irumu since the beginning of the year. MONUC, in support of the FARDC, conducted
operations in order to re-establish the authority of the state in this
territory. These actions culminated with operation ITURI EXPLORER which removed
the militia from Tchei. Isolated groups of militiamen, who managed to escape,
were on rampage, killing and robbing civilians in the vicinity of Komanda and
Marabo, North of Tchei. Operations were conducted to make the area more secure.
"MONUC forces do not
open fire indiscriminately and investigations are conducted in case of alleged
infringement of their rules of engagement. Fighting against militiamen is not an
easy task, as demonstrated by the recent death of a Nepalese Blue Helmet in a 28
in operation [sic]. Armed men in civilian attire often take position in
villages, don't hesitate to hide among the population and use it often as human
shield. Moreover, women and children have, oftentimes, been among combatants
engaging MONUC and FARDC troops.
"In spite of
challenges and often facing greater number of hostile elements, MONUC forces try
to put an end to the impunity of the armed groups they are battling and help
re-establish the authority of the state in Ituri, in order to allow the coming
elections to take place. Collaborating with the FARDC is a necessity, as it is
the Congolese national army which has the primary responsibility for the
security of the country and its people. Any FARDC wrongdoings are brought to the
attention of their command."
* * *
June 19, 2006 briefing
Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary General
the weekend, on British television Channel 4, there was a documentary, or kind
of expose, about MONUC in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) having
provided support to Government troops in razing a town called Kazana -- torching
of huts and deaths of civilians -- so it seems like a pretty serious charge.
It's also in the Observer newspaper of the Guardian. I don't know if the
UN has checked into this... if there is a response from the UN?
In fact, we are checking into this. I don't have anything for you on it now,
but the Department of Peacekeeping Operations did inform me today that they are
looking into this, and so we will examine what these charges are and what's
Question: Can we
expect some kind of update in this room? How will this be handled?
We'll provide you an update when we have some more information.
* * *
July 18, 2006 briefing
Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary General
questions about the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It's reported that Peter Karim, who kidnapped seven UN peacekeepers that were since released, has now
been made a Colonel in the Congolese army. So, I guess my question is: was the
UN deal to get the peacekeepers released -- did it envision Mr. Karim being
incorporated into the Congolese army?
Release of the Nepalese peacekeepers was unconditional. We did not try to have
any conditions attached to their release. No ransom was paid and no other
arrangements were made.
Question: Was the UN
aware that this would be the end-game of that?
Well, this is something that has happened afterwards. And this is, frankly,
Question: The reason
I am asking, and I am asking you, I guess, to respond to this: given what Mr.
Karim did, and other reports about it, it seems like a setup for further abuse
of civilians. What's the UN's position on the individual who kidnapped UN
peacekeepers being made part of the Congolese army? That's my question.
I have no specific guidance on this, and, you know, it is not my place to
comment on decisions that are made by the Government of the Democratic Republic
of the Congo. But, at the same time, the basic point is, as a principle, we
don't believe that people who kidnap out personnel or any others are to be
rewarded for their actions.
Question: Four weeks
ago, MONUC said it was going to investigate a documentary on English television
about the burning down of the town of Kazana with UN troops standing by -- is
there any update on that?
The latest is simply that our investigation into that is continuing. When we
have something more, we will share it with you.
[Note that the MONUC self-exoneration was not read out as part of Kofi Annan's
spokeswoman initial presentation on July 28, but was only raised once inquiry
was made into that morning's NYT op-ed].
DR Congo, UN Applauds Entry into Army of Child-Soldier Commander Along with
Matthew Russell Lee at the U.N.
NATIONS, July 27 -- In what the UN Thursday described as a "major UN-brokered
development," Mathieu Ngudjolo of the Congolese Revolutionary Movement agreed to
join the Congolese army. Cursory research, however, reflects Mr. Ngudjolo
justifying the use of child-soldiers, and as
seen as operating for and
from Uganda. Nevertheless, Kofi Annan's envoy William Lacy Swing "welcomed" Mr.
Ngudjolo's incorporation into the Congolese army, and encouraged other "militia
leaders to follow the MRC's lead."
the MRC, Mr. Ngudjolo was affiliated with a number of Lendu militias, including
the FNI. An Associated Press article in mid-2003, entitled "War
Has a Baby Face in the Congo" and
datelined Bunia, reported that "adult commanders have their own reasons for
taking on young recruits. Children are preferred because they can be easily
controlled, are less demanding than adults and do not sense danger as acutely as
their elders, said Col. Mathieu Ngudjolo, who leads Lendu fighters. 'Our
children are born during war and they just grab arms and go into combat,' he
said." The Congolese newspaper
Le Potential has
linked "the criminal groups of Peter Karim and Mathieu Ngudjolo," in an
April 2006 article
that is on the UN's
MONUC's own web site.
apparent that in an attempt to ensure voter turnout on July 30, amnesty is being
offered to users of child-soldiers and, in the case of Peter Karim Ugada,
warlords who kidnapped UN peacekeepers. Wednesday, the UN's Dmitry Titov
confirmed that the offer of a colonel's position to Peter Karim was part of the
deal to get the UN peacekeepers released. Thursday, the UN Security Council's
agenda included consideration of a UN Panel of Experts report on the
exploitation of the Congo which specifically names
"Peter Ugada, also known as 'Peter Karim,'
a former FNI commander [as] one of the chief perpetrators of these frauds...
Peter Ugada regularly sends timber and coffee from the Democratic Republic of
the Congo to Uganda in exchange for arms and ammunition, by road and
occasionally Lake Albert... The use of timber in arms smuggling or the
pre-financing of their activities involve[s] Ugandan businessmen, in particular
Peter Karim, a Ugandan soldier and timber contractor in Paidha." S/2006/525, at
Paragraphs 180 - 182.
this UN description of Peter Karim simultaneous to his trading of UN
peacekeepers for a colonel's position in the Congolese army, the report
describes how even weapons that are laid down and turned in reappear in renamed
militias' hands in the Congo. While this report was on the UN Security Council's
agenda Thursday, it got short shrift in light of the two-day consultation on
Lebanon. At the OSSG's noon briefing Thursday, Inner City Press asked about both
the MONUC / Congo statement read out and about the UN's knowledge if Somalia's
Islamic Courts Union has received a planeload of anti-aircraft guns from
Eritrea, and for SRSG Lonseny Fall's response to the mass resignations from the
Transitional Government, due to its failure to negotiate with the ICU and for
having allowed or invited Ethiopian troops into Somalia. As of 6 p.m., responses
had not been received about either.
Ivory Coast, the UN's elections envoy Gerard Stoudmann was approaching the Prime
Minister's office earlier this week when the UN armored car he was in was
surrounded by 200 of overtime-president Laurent Gbagbo's Young Patriots. In a
briefing at UN Headquarters on Thursday, Mr. Stoudmann said his car was
surrounded, and the presidential guard did nothing. Mr. Stoudmann also
emphasized that such attacks should not be over-dramatized. Speaking to Inner
City Press after the briefing, Mr. Stoudmann added that the attack, which
included the stoning of the armored car leading to windshield-breaking, resulted
in his visit with the Prime Minister being cancelled. Inner City Press asked
him to contrast the process in Ivory Coast to that in the DR Congo.
Congo," Mr. Stoudmann said, "the UN is in the driver's seat."
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The New Vision,
Abuse in Uganda Leads UN Agency to Suspend Its Work and Spending
Abuse in Uganda Blamed on UNDP, Still Silent on Finance
Alleged Abuse in
Disarmament in Uganda Known by UNDP, But Dollar Figures Still Not Given:
What Did UN Know and When?
Strong Arm on
Small Arms: Rift Within UN About Uganda's Involuntary Disarmament of
UN in Denial on
Sudan, While Boldly Predicting the Future of Kosovo/a
Vision on Somalia and Wishful Thinking on Uighurs
Predicts The World Is a Ghetto, But Will Finance Be Addressed at
Vancouver World Urban Forum?
At the UN, a
Commando Unit to Quickly Stop Genocide is Proposed, by Diplomatic Sir
Concerned About Use of Terror's T-Word to Repress, Wants
Freedom of Information
UN Waffles on
Human Rights in Central Asia and China; ICC on Kony and a Hero from
At the UN,
Internal Justice Needs Reform, While in Timor Leste, Has Evidence Gone
UN & US,
Transparency for Finance But Not Foreign Affairs: Somalia, Sovereignty
and Senator Tom Coburn
In Bolton's Wake,
Silence and Speech at the UN, Congo and Kony, Let the Games Begin
Pro-Poor Talk and
a Critique of the World Trade Organization from a WTO Founder: In UN
Lull, Ugandan Fog and Montenegrin Mufti
Forgotten in UN's War of Words, Bolton versus Mark Malloch Brown: News
In Praise of
Migration, UN Misses the Net and Bangalore While Going Soft on Financial
UN Sees Somalia
Through a Glass, Darkly, While Chomsky Speaks on Corporations and
Everything But Congo
AIDS Ends at the
UN? Side Deals on Patents, Side Notes on Japanese Corporations,
Salvadoran and Violence in Burundi
On AIDS at the
UN, Who Speaks and Who Remains Unseen
Corporate Spin on
AIDS, Holbrooke's Kudos to Montenegro and its Independence (May 31, 2006)
Nightmares, from Ituri to Kasai. Au Revoir Allan Rock; the UN's
Warlords, Insulated by Latrines: Somalia and Pakistan Addressed at the
The Silence of
the Congo and Naomi Watts; Between Bolivia and the World Bank
Council Has Its Own Hanging Chads; Cocky U.S. State Department Spins
Child Labor and
Cargill and Nestle; Iran, Darfur and WHO's on First with Bird Flu
Editor Arrested by Congo-Brazzaville, As It Presides Over Security
Place of the Cost-Cut UN in Europe's Torn-Up Heart;
Deafness to Consumers, Even by the Greens
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
In Liberia, From
Nightmare to Challenge; Lack of Generosity to Egeland's CERF, Which
China's Asked About
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
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
Human Rights Are
Lost in the Mail: DR Congo Got the Letter, But the Process is Still
Iraq's Oil to be
Metered by Shell, While Basrah Project Remains Less than Clear
At the UN, Dues
Threats and Presidents-Elect, Unanswered Greek Mission Questions
Kagame and Coltan: This Moment in the Congo and Kampala
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
The Shorted and
Shorting in Humanitarian Aid: From Davos to Darfur, the Numbers Don't
Transparency Later, Not Now -- At Least Not for AXA - WFP Insurance
Chaos, Shots Fired at U.N. Helicopter Gunship
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
Collective Punishment and Electricity; Lights Out on Privatization of
Cleansing and (Money) Laundering, Says Georgia
Human Rights Abuses, including by UNDP in the Maldives
Who Pays for the
Global Bird Flu Fight? Not the Corporations, So Far - UN
Dissembles at United Nations Environmental Conference
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