Amid WikiLeaks, of Brazil & Iran, Uribe & Other War
Criminals, ICC & Sandwich 2ble Standards: UN Odds & Ends
Russell Lee, News Muse
December 11 -- Amid UN news of Sudan, Haiti and Cote
d'Ivoire there are smaller or happenstance happenings we'll try to
cover at week's end. Yet another round of fumigation for bedbugs
began in the press area on Friday, so this is written in exile.
week's end on
December 10 a diplomat with the Indian Mission to the UN said that
Brazil's pro-Iran work with Turkey was a Lula project, not supported
by the new president. This is like much of the info in WikiLeaks:
second hand but interesting.
December 8 a
European nation's Permanent Representative was telling Inner City
Press, a propos of WikiLeaks, that he assumes he is being spied on,
that all countries do it. Then when his cell phone rang he showed it
to Inner City Press. “I have to take this, the ASG is calling me,”
he said referring to an Assistant Secretary General from his country.
spying on whom?
telling event of the week was during an International Criminal Court
state parties side event on December 9. The organizers offered
sandwiches out in the hall, to draw a crowd: surprisingly peppery
chicken salad, roast
beef or a fast disappearing vegetarian option.
A sign on
Conference Room 8 said not to bring the sandwiches
or other food in. But when Inner City Press looked inside, there were
sandwiches everywhere, the plastic wrappers loudly opening, erudite
One wag remarked, here they are at the UN talking about the rule of law
they can't even enforce the rule written on the door.
the ICC meeting
Inner City Press met again Costa Rica's Jorge Urbina, previously
Permanent Representative to the UN, now ambassador to the Hague. Much
was made of the presence of President Santos of Colombia. But his
predecessor Uribe does not seem any closer to prosecution.
Uganda's ambassador to the Hague is in fact Dutch, just as Palau's
Permanent Representative to the UN is not, in fact, from Palau. He
pitched Inner City Press again last week about protection of sharks,
hard to argue
with that argument.
Beatrice le Frapper Du
Hellen, ICC, Uribe and sandwiches not shown
who lost an
argument, about the ICC Prosecutor's Office (non)
sharing of evidence
with the defense in the Lubanga trial, Beatrice le Frapper Du
has resurfaced with France's Mission to the UN. Some are noticing
changes in France's positions on the ICC and its prosecutor. If the
law is in fact what the judge ate for breakfast, France's speeches
are whoever gets into the kitchen last.
to the rule
of law: at the weekend, the former prime minister of Croatia Ivo
Sanader was arrested for corruption. He was a sponsor of now UN human
rights official Ivan Simonovic, appointing him as Justice Minister in
2008. How can one of the UN's top rule of law officials be so
with a minister arrested for corruption, as well as with Franjo
accused post mortem of war crimes? But so it goes at the UN.
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Condi Got Gambari Fired from Burma, Similar Suck Up to Sudan
Still Unacted On
December 11 -- UN official Ibrahim Gambari was targeted for
firing by the previous US administration, for being too close to the
military government of Myanmar, to which he was UN envoy, a cable
Wikileaked this week has shown:
Gambari's inappropriate claims of success regarding peripheral
issues, and his unwillingness to press the regime more forcefully for
progress have caused us to conclude that his continued involvement
undermines the good offices mission and should therefore be ended...
USUN is asked to demarche SYG Ban or Ambassador Kim to seek Gambari's
dismissal as SRSG for Burma. This demarche should occur as soon as
is telling: the overly dictator friendly Gambari was transferred by
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to cover Darfur in Sudan.
Gambari has gone out of his way not to investigate or report on
killing by the government of Omar al Bashir.
Sudan's Ambassador to the UN praised the UN Mission in Darfur and the
“seasoned diplomat” who is in charge -- Gambari.
has the US
Administration of Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
and Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice done about Gambari? So far,
Security Council's October 2010 trip to Sudan and
Darfur, Susan Rice had multiple opportunities to give the
Administration's view of Gambari's performance, but did not.
Gambari in Darfur with Susan Rice et al., Oct 2010,
action not shown (c) MRLee
cable, in which Condoleezza Rice directed a demarche to Ban or
“Ambassador Kim” that Gambari should be take off the Burma file,
resulted in that action. If the argument is that the current US
Mission to the UN is working behind the scene on this, so far no
results have been seen.