At the UN, Cluster Bombs Unremembered, Uighurs
Disappeared and Jay-Z Returns with Water -- for Life
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at
UNITED NATIONS, November 17 -- As in the
UN General Assembly speeches continued on Israel's bombing of Gaza, Israel's
Ambassador Dan Gillerman was asked by Inner City Press about his country's use
of cluster bombs. "I must confess I really don't know about that," Ambassador
Gillerman said. "I arrived very early this morning. I may have missed something
during my flight." Video
at Minute 12:41.
Inner City Press subsequently
asked Kofi Annan's spokesman if the UN's condemnation of cluster bombs, and
their use in South Lebanon earlier this year, had been conveyed to Israel. The
spokesman answered, "We have spoken out very
at Minute 14:50.
On the topic of the
power plant in Gaza,
which was destroyed by Israeli bombs and is insured by the U.S. Overseas Private
Insurance Corporation, Inner City Press asked Amb. Gillerman for an update.
at Minute 10:55. "We are in the process of building a high-pressure cable to
enable the residents of Gaza to have electricity," Amb. Gillerman replied.
Another correspondent muttered, "So that they can turn it on and off."
Inner City Press later asked the UN for an update, and received this in return:
would appear that temporary transformers from Egypt (replacing the destroyed
ones from Sweden) are in place , with power imported from Israel also assisting
to cover any outstanding gaps. This is a temporary measure."
The U.S. government's
OPIC's role in this should be pursued.
U.S. government's aid chief, Randall
Tobias, who visited Lebanon last month to check on U.S. aid work there, said
that "at the time I was there, the estimate was that we had removed or assisted
in the removal of about 50,000 pieces of unexploded ordnance."
After the bombing, where are the bombs?
Another traveling U.S. diplomat was in
the UN on Friday: Phil Reeker, previously a State Department spokesman and now
the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest. In the half-light
of the Security Council stakeout he recounted how the-Secretary of State Colin
Powell has once offered to "drop him off" by plane in Budapest while flying
elsewhere, an offer with Reeker declined.
Reeker's companion, who will remain
unnamed, pointed out that the day after the UN General Assembly's Third
Committee passed a resolution about naming-and-shaming countries on human
rights, the full GA spent the day debating Israel's bombing of Gaza. Inner City
Press subsequently put this question to the GA President's spokeswoman, who said
"there are ironies everywhere."
she pointed out that the full GA does not yet have to follow a resolution
approved in committee.
still, she forwarded an answer to Inner City Press' question if the GA's new
Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance"
applies to the U.S.'s extraordinary rendition flights, or to abductions by North
Korea. The answer, from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights'
Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, is that "extraordinary
rendition is not necessarily enforced disappearance. There are several elements
of the act that are required. The definition of enforced disappearance is
contained in the draft Convention, as well as the preamble to the GA Declaration
on Enforced Disappearance."
These provide that "enforced disappearance is
considered to be the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of
deprivation of liberty committed by agents of the State or by persons or groups
of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State,
followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by
concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place
such a person outside the protection of the law."
Significantly, the new Convention on Involuntary
Disappearances also provides that "no exceptional circumstances whatsoever,
whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any
other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification for enforced
So --the definition of
involuntary disappearance appears to apply to abductions, extraordinary
rendition and to the fate of the
Chinese Uighur last seen in Kazakhstan,
described below in this report.
The Third Committee's passage of the
resolution against naming-and-shaming countries on their human rights records
was not the United States' only loss on Thursday. In elections of 34 members of
the UN International Law Commission, from only 44 candidates, the U.S. nominee
Michael J. Matheson lost out, while among the elected were representatives from
Cameroon and Sri Lanka and, from Nigeria, Bayo Ojo. The GA President will be
meeting with NGOs on Tuesday, her spokeswoman says.
Inner City Press asked Kofi Annan's
spokesman for comment on the GA's Third Committee's passage of a resolution
against the naming-and-shaming of countries for their human rights records.
While declining to comment on the GA's work, the spokesman made reference to Mr.
Annan's earlier statements that the countries on the new Human Rights Council
should have their records reviewed. Inner City Press then asked if Mr. Annan or
anyone else in the UN system has spoken out about incidents in Mexico's Oaxaca
region -- Governor Ulises Ruiz's crackdown on APPO, the dead of journalist Brad
Will, etc. -- particularly given Mexico's role in the UN Human Rights Council.
Subsequently, the spokesman's office sent Inner City Press the following:
"The Special Rapporteur on Indigenous
Issues made a
on the situation last month. The High Commissioner for Human Rights Office in
Mexico is monitoring the situation and is in contact with the authorities. They
also issued a
condemning the violent acts in late October."
Speaking of speaking out, Jay-Z returned
to the United Nations on Thursday evening, and took questions from reporters in
the lobby of the UN prior to the premiere of
the MTV documentary "Water For Life."
As first done at the
August 8 press conference announcing
that this documentary would be filmed, Inner City Press on Thursday asked Jay-Z
for his views on the privatization of water systems in the developing world. On
August 8, Jay-Z called the question one of "bureaucracy."
Thursday he answered, "I don't know about
privatization. I was just in people's houses."
Inner City Press asked a follow-up
question, if the water in the houses he visited was provided by governments or
"They paid fifty cents a bucket for it,"
"Sounds like privatization to me,"
a correspondent muttered.
Upstairs in the Trusteeship
Council chamber, there were roped-off VIP rows. Journalists were herded to the
front, then told to go back, up to the video booths. The wireless worked fine,
as Anne Veneman of UNICEF thanked "Jay-Z and his staff," and mentioned his trip
to Angola. A reporter arranging a trip to Angola found that visas cost over
$200. Ms. Veneman called it the launch of UNDP's report on water, about which
reporters were briefed ten days ago. Click
Inner City Press' story on the report, including on UNDP's partnering with Shell
Oil and Coca-Cola.
Back on August 8,
when Jay-Z briefed reporters at the UN at his video's outset, he praised
Coca-Cola for providing ten "play pumps" to children in Africa. Coca-Cola is
under fire on at least two continents for pilfering communities' water resources
to profit from sugar-laden soda. Is humanitarianism being privatized as well?
"I don't know," was the seconded response.
The documentary will be shown on MTV-2 on
November 19, and on MTV itself on November 24. The footage of Angola is worth
Later on Thursday night, the
UN Mission of Kazakhstan threw a party, with a fashion show and an apparently
lip-synching trio of singers, at the New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue.
The models in the fashion show were, as usual, tall, and some were blonde (not
expected). The reception afterwards featured lamb chops and shrimp and the crowd
contained, among others, the Russian mission's press spokeswoman, Ambassadors of
Hungary and Azerbaijan, the teacher of the Kazakh Ambassador's daughter and, of
course, the Ambassador himself, Yerzhan Kazykhanov, one of the best hosts in the
UN. Afterwards many of the attendees loaded onto an Omega Express tour bus,
which a bodyguard said was headed "to Pennsylvania." Mysterious, but not as
troubling as the fate of the Chinese Uighur asylum seeker who disappeared in
Almaty on October 23, click
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From the UN, Silence on War Crimes Enforcement and
Conflicts of Interest on Complaint from Bahrain
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at
UNITED NATIONS, November 16 -- "Sometimes you have to
sleep with the Devil if it means getting kids out," UK Ambassador Emyr Jones
Parry told Inner City Press on Thursday, referring to the UN's Jan Egeland
having recently met with Joseph Kony of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army.
The LRA for twenty years has fought both
the Museveni government and people of northern Uganda. The LRA's leader Joseph
Kony has been quoted: "You report us with your mouth, and we cut off your lips.
Who is to blame? It is you! The Bible says that if you hand, eye or mouth is at
fault, it should be cut off."
On July 8, 2005, the UN's International
Criminal Court issued a sealed indictment of Joseph Kony, his deputy Vincent
Otti and three others. The indictments were supposed to remain confidential
until the five men were apprehended. In late September 2005, however, the head
of the UN's Department of Political Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, let slip that the
five were indicted. Subsequently the ICC confirmed it.
More than a year later, none of the five
has been arrested. Last week the UN's head of humanitarian affairs, Jan Egeland,
announced he would meet with Joseph Kony if, in advance of the meeting, the LRA
released some of the children they have abducted. Although no release was made,
Egeland met with Kony, and emerged to request that Museveni pull his troops
further back from the LRA camps. There are peace talks going on, in which Kony
and Otti are demanding that the ICC indictments be dropped.
Thursday the UN Security Council met on
the LRA. On the way in, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton stopped to talk with
reporters. He did not, however, make any mention of Uganda. Peruvian Ambassador
Voto-Bernales came out to the microphone and read a statement, about Haiti.
Inner City Press asked Amb.
whether the Council would send the reinforcement that UN envoy Edmond Mulet has
requested, and about the LRA -- are the indictments being discussed? On Haiti,
Amb. Voto-Bernales said that other than the death of two UN peacekeepers from
Jordan, the news on Haiti is "good." Video
On the LRA, he said that a Presidential Statement was being finalized in the
chamber, and he said he would come out to the microphone after the meeting. The
Statement does not mention the ICC, or the indictments.
After the meeting, and with Council
President Voto-Bernales nowhere to be found, Inner City Press asked UK
Ambassador Emyr Jones Perry if the Presidential Statement the Council issued
meant that the ICC indictments are on hold. "Not at all," Amb. Jones Parry
But what about the UN's Jan Egeland
meeting with Joseph Kony?
Amb. Jones Parry said that the meeting
was held to get children released. "Sometimes you have to sleep with the Devil
if it means getting kids out," Ambassador Jones Parry said.
Uganda, carrying a heavy load
Inner City Press then asked, "Do you
think Jan Egeland will stay in the UN system?"
"I'm sure he won't," said Ambassador
There have been rumors of the UN setting
up a mediation unit, to be based in Norway, which Jan Egeland would head up, and
that would be funded by Norway. Others say that the idea is now being scrapped.
Others say that Egeland's visit to Kony -- which some called "Jesse
Jackson-like" -- was something of a try out for high profile mediation. If so,
more doubts have been raised than questions answered. No prisoners were
released, and Kony was given a platform upon which to deny having kidnapped
children. Impunity? Time will tell.
Inner City Press ran from the
Q&A with Amb. Jones Parry to ask Kofi Annan's spokesman a question. Opposition
groups in Bahrain have asked Mr. Annan to investigate
the government of Bahrain's ruling al-Kalifa family has been "secretly planning
to manipulate the demographic makeup of the country, through the selective
granting of citizenship... under the guise of creating a Shiite-Sunni balance in
the country but would in fact weaken the Shiite population, 70 per cent of
that "Bahrain will hold parliamentary elections Nov. 25. The elections could
trigger a fresh wave of unrest, pitting the ruling Sunni al-Khalifa family
against the country's Shiite majority.
The spokesman said he will
look into the letter and Mr. Annan's response. Video
from Minute 18. Inner City Press then asked the spokeswoman for Sheikha Haya
Rashed Al Khalifa, the General Assembly president and a member of Bahrain's
al-Khalifa family, to get a comment. Video here, from Minute 25:13. The
spokesman said that she didn't think there would be any comment, in the capacity
of GA President. How about in another capacity? We'll see. One of the issues
here is of structural conflict, wherein a UN Secretary-General is asked to
investigate the family of the GA President, with whom the Secretary-General must
work. Some have suggested that the GA President might publicly say something
like, "Mr. Secretary-General, I will not be offended if you grant the request to
investigate my family. In fact, it is better than you grant the request, to
remove any appearance of conflict of interest." Other have suggested that the
Secretary-General might recuse himself from the request. With USG
Chris Burnham gone,
who will provide guidance? Developing.
Nagorno-Karabakh President Disputes Fires and
Numbers, Oil and UN, in Exclusive Interview with Inner City Press - Video
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee, Correspondent at the UN
UNITED NATIONS, November 13 -- Of the so-called
frozen conflicts in the world, the one in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in
Azerbaijan, claimed by Armenia, heated up this Fall -- literally.
In August and September 2006, Azerbaijan
and Armenia traded volleys of draft resolutions in the UN General Assembly,
about a series of fires in the Nagorno-Karabakh region which on most maps is
Azerbaijan, but is not under Azeri control.
The subtext of the fight was
that Azerbaijan wants the dispute to be addressed in the
UN General Assembly,
while Armenia prefers the ten-year process before the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe, the OSCE. In the UN General Assembly these frozen
conflicts are often treated as footnotes, particularly to a
corps which covers the Security Council in the most minute detail, at the
expense of most other activities undertaken by the world body.
Last week Inner City Press sat down for
an interview with the president of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Arkady
Ghoukasyan, and asked him about the fires, about the UN and other matters. Click
for the video.
"The fires were provoked by Azerbaijan
firing," Mr. Ghoukasyan said. "They used special bullets that would ignite wheat
In the UN, "the countries of the Islamic
Conference are present and Azerbaijan is hoping to use their support," said Mr.
Ghoukasyan. He added that most countries in the UN know little of the Karabakh
conflict, so "Azerbaijan can try propaganda in the United Nations," in a way
that it can't with the OSCE "experts."
By contrast, the situation in
Abkhazia is routinely put on the UN Security Council agenda by Russia, with
representative of Georgia often excluded from the meetings and resorting to
sparsely-attended press conferences outside, most recently on
flag & correspondent
On Nagorno-Karabakh, UN observers see
Turkey backing Azerbaijan, while the NKR is represented, if one can call it
that, by Armenia. The interview, originally scheduled for a hotel across from UN
Headquarters, was moved six blocks south to the Armenian mission in a brownstone
on 36th Street, to a second-story room with the Nagorno-Karabakh flag on the
table. Through a translator, Mr. Ghoukasyan argued that no negotiations that do
not involve representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh can solve the problem. "The
prospects are diminishing, without Nagorno-Karabakh involvement, it's just
impossible to come to a resolution," he said.
Hot Words From Frozen Conflicts
Inner City Press asked Mr. Ghoukasyan to
compare Nagorno-Karabakh to certain other so-called frozen conflicts, two of
which are before the OSCE: Transnistria a/k/a Transdnestr, and South Ossetia,
where a referendum was held on November 12, the results of which no country in
the world recognized.
"We already had our referendum,"
Mr. Ghoukasyan said, "back in 1991. We would only hold another one if Azerbaijan
and the co-chairs of the OSCE group agreed in advance to recognize its results."
Mr. Ghoukasyan said he had come to the
U.S. less to build political support or to propose a referendum than to raise
funds for infrastructure projects in Nagorno-Karabakh, mostly from "different
circles of Armenians in the United States." He is on a whirlwind tour: "Detroit
Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and maybe Fresno, we are still finalizing
our West Coast program," he said. A highlight will be a telethon from Los
Angeles on November 23.
Speaking of funds, and of infrastructure,
Inner City Press asked about the impact of the Baku - Tbilisi - Ceyhan (BTC) oil
pipeline on the conflict.
"Azerbaijan is trying to get maximum
political dividends from fact of this pipeline," said Mr. Ghoukasyan. "Since the
West is interested in undisruptible oil, Azerbaijan tries to beef up their price
for this stability. This emboldens Azerbaijan, making it more aggressive and
less willing to come to agreement."
What would an agreement look like?
"In any resolution, we think that
Karabakh should have physical land connection with Armenia," said Mr. Ghoukasyan.
At a press conference about
the BTC pipeline earlier this year, the
Azeri Ambassador told Inner City Press that
twenty percent of Azerbaijan's territory has been occupied by Armenia.
On the disputed numbers of displaced
people, Mr. Ghoukasyan quipped, "I always suspected they are bad in
mathematics." He estimated it, "maximally," to be 13%, and put the number of
displaced Azeris at "only" 650,000, rather than the one million figure used by
Azerbaijan. Mr. Ghoukasyan admonished, "There is information in books."
And so to the library went Inner City
Press. Therein it is recounted that while "in 1989, the Armenian Supreme Council
made Nagorno-Karabakh a part of Armenia, this decision was effectively annulled
by NKR declaring its independence in 1991. Whether the decision to declare
independence was made cooperatively with Yerevan is not yet known."
The UN's role is dismissed: "with one
exception the UN never condemned the capture of Lachin, the strategic link
between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. The UN passed Security Council Resolutions
822, 853, 874 and 884... Each UN resolution reiterated the international body's
support for the OSCE Minsk Group process."
Going back, some pundits blame the
conflict on Stalin: "he took a part of Armenia and gave it to Azerbaijan, and
now so many people are dying while trying to correct his foolish mistake. Now
redefining the borders is as painful as cutting someone's flesh when that person
Fast forward to 1977, when the
Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast's first secretary from 1973 to 1988, Boris
Kevorkov, told visiting journalists that Karabakh Armenians were happily
separated from the Armenian republic, saying that "the history of Nagorny
(Mountainous) Karabakh is closely interwoven with Azerbaijan's... By contrast,
the region is close to Armenia geographically but is separated by high
mountains, which were an insuperable barrier in the past for any extensive
contacts." (Quoted in Claire Mouradian's "The Mountainouse Karabagh Question").
Also found are rebuttals, including from
Azeri poet Bakhtiyar Vahadzade in his 1988 Open Letter, that "since 1828, our
people have been divided into two parts," and that both Azeris and Karabakh
Armenians "emanate from the same ethnic stock: the Caucasian Albanians." Others
say Turkey always takes the Azeri side. There are references to the shoot-down
of an Iranian C-130 aircraft in 1994 as it crossed the Azeri-Karabakh line on
contact, and of Iran's demand for an apology.
Going back, a volume by Mazda Publishers
in Costa Mesa, California entitled "Two Chronicles on The History of Karabakh,"
contains the full texts of Tarikh-e Karabakh (History of Karabakh) by Mirza
Jamal Javanshir and of Karabakh-name by Mariza Adigozal Beg. In the
introduction, translator-from-Persian George A. Bournoutian reports that
"Armenian historians maintain that all of Karabakh was, at one time, part of the
Armenian kingdom and that the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has had an
Armenian majority for several hundred years. Azeri historians assert that the
region was never part of Armenia and that the Armenian population arrived there
from Persia and the Ottoman empire after the Treaty of Turkmenchay (1828) when,
thanks to the Russian policy that favored Christians over Muslims, the Armenians
established a majority in what became Nagorno-Karabakh." In a footnote he
addresses nomenclature: "Nagorno-Karabakh is the Russian designation. The
Armenians call is [sic] Artsakh or Gharabagh and the Azeris Karabag."
Finally, on the question of numbers, Arif
Yunosov in "The Migration Situation in CIS Countries" opines that the conflict
has caused 353,000 Armenia refugees and 750,000 Azeris -- less than the one
million figure used by Azeri President Aliev, but large, and 100,000 larger than
acknowledged in the interview. And a more solid figure than Aliev's 20%, but
more than was acknowledged, is 13.62 percent. The search for truth continues. If
the comparison is to the original, Soviet-defined Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous
Oblast, it must be noted that NKR is claiming, beyond the Oblast, the territory
By the end of the interview, Mr.
Ghoukasyan was focusing on two regions of the old Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous
Oblast over which now Azerbaijan has de facto control: Martakert and Martuni.
While Mr. Ghoukasyan's point was that these should be subtracted from the 13
percent, they raise a larger question, that of break-aways from break-aways.
The analogy, to Inner City
Press, is to the serially-opening or
"nesting" Russian dolls.
Inside one republic is another, but inside the breakaway is another smaller
portion, that either wants to remain with the larger, or to itself be
independent. Northern Kosovo comes to mind, and the portion of Abkhazia into
Tbilisi-based government is trying to
How small can these Russian dolls become?
And how will the UN-debated status of Kosovo, now frozen into 2007, impact or
defrost other frozen conflicts? Developing.
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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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