Myanmar, 2 Meetings, No Action, Less Candor on 2 Day Visa
6, updated -- After the UN Security Council took Myanmar off
the written Program of Work for December, where it was only a
footnote, on Monday two separate closed door briefings were
11 am Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon and his envoy Vijay Nambiar briefed the Group of
Friends of the S-G on Myanmar.
3 am a
separate but presumably similar briefing by Nambair became for the
Security Council in its consultation room. No outcome was expected.
week, Nambiar's internal reporting to UN
officials was critical of Aung San Suu Kyi, characterizing her as out
of touch and somehow too hard line, UN sources say. Nambiar prefers
those more amenable to authoritarian government.
having the repetitive briefings is that the memberships of the Group
of Friends and the Security Council are different.
Inner City Press asked Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky to confirm or
deny that Myanmar had given Nambiar a visa for a mere two days.
Nambiar leads Ban into darkness, transparency not shown
camera, Nesirky said he'd look into it, but that the Secretariat
might to decide not to say one way or the other. That now appears to
be the case -- from a UN Administration which says it is transparent.
asked if Nambiar would talk to the media. Nesirky said that Nambiar
would be asked. We are waiting. Watch this site.
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Myanmar Trip, Nambiar “Trashed” Aung San Suu Kyi to UN
3 -- When UN envoy Vijay
Nambiar went to Myanmar
over the US Thanksgiving weekend, he was given only a two day visa,
sources tell Inner City Press, to meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Upon his return he has told UN officials that Aung San Suu Kyi is out
of touch, too hardline, a relic.
accommodative to the military government of Than Shwe, and favors
Burmese counter parties of a similar bent. Than Shwe, on the other
hand, likes to have a mere part time and interim UN envoy, in this
case mostly occupied as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's chief of
Inner City Press asked Ban's acting Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq to
confirm that Nambiar will briefing the Security Council on December
6, and to respond to criticism of
Nambiar's whirlwind visit to
Myanmar, including by some of those he met with.
confirm the briefing -- it was later nevertheless confirmed -- and
said that some liked Nambiar's visit. Certainly, Myanmar's military
why Aung San Suu Kyi offer such public praise of Nambiar's visit,
while Nambiar “trashed her,” as one official put it to Inner City
Press, immediately upon his return. Watch this site.
ASSK & UN's Nambiar, subsequent "trashing" no shown
Just factually, can you confirm that the Chef de Cabinet,
Vijay Nambiar, will be briefing the [Security] Council on 6 December
on his visit to Myanmar? And also, if he’s seen the criticisms
made by a number of the people that he met with, saying that this was
essentially just a kind of a note-taking visit. What’s his
response to those now public
criticisms in Irrawaddy and elsewhere of
the visit by people that he engaged with? What’s his take on the
Haq: Well, first of all, I don’t share your
assessment of the trip. There were a number of viewpoints, including
people who were quite pleased with that visit. Secondly, as for the
schedule of the Security Council, I will leave it to the President of
the Security Council, Ambassador Rice, to brief you at 1 p.m. about
what their schedule will be, and she can announce for you what their
upcoming programme is.
Will Mr. Nambiar, either here or at the stakeout or in
some other forum, speak to the press about his publicized and
long-awaited visit to Myanmar?
Well, if he does brief the Security Council, we
will see at that point whether he intends to brief the press at that