Nepal Opposition Letter Delayed & Ignored, Landgren to Burundi
January 5 -- Two weeks before the mandate of the UN Mission
in Nepal was set to expire, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named
UNMIN chief Karin Landgren as his representative to Burundi.
the UN would ignore the plea by the Nepali opposition that the
UN stay on. On January 3, Inner City Press e-mailed Ms. Landgren
simple questions, asking her
state your current role in Burundi. Charles Petrie told me he was
leaving November 1, then December 31. Are you currently handling both
Nepal and Burundi? Who is currently in charge of UNMIN? And when will
you arrive in Burundi? Who is in charge there right now?”
answer, so Inner City Press sought to ask the question at the UN's
noon briefing on January 4. Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky
pointedly did not allow the question, walking about of the room.
Inner City Press again tried to ask Nesirky, finally blurting out,
“Why did Ban Ki-moon move Karin Landgren to Burundi?” Nesirky
again refused to answer, using the time instead to say that the
Security Council was meeting about Nepal later in the day, and
claiming that there was no time for him to answer, since the Bosnian
president of the Council was about to begin. (The Bosnian briefing
did not start for at least another ten minutes).
the repeated refusal to answer the Nepal questions, Nesirky's
office sent this:
Spokesperson - Do Not Reply [at] un.org
Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Your question on Karin Landgren
Inner City Press
Landgren was named by the Secretary-General on 31st December to
be the new SRSG in Burundi. She remains currently in charge of our
mission in Nepal, UNMIN, and will continue there through the
scheduled end of its mandate on 15 January. She will take up
responsibilities in Burundi soon thereafter. Mr. Charles Petrie left
Burundi on 26 December. Until the arrival of Ms. Landgren, the Chief
of Staff of BINUB in Bujumbura has been designated as Officer in
remains, why so publicly pull Landgren from Nepal even as the
opposition was calling for the UN to stay, and writing to the
Security Council to make that request?
Office told Inner City Press that the letter was received on January
3, on January 4 a Permanent Five member of the Council's Permanent
Representative told Inner City Press that the letter had not been
circulated. That took place on the morning of January 5. When Inner
City Press asked this month's Council president about the letter at
the stakeout, after he read a short press statement, the President
refused to answer. Video here.
Landgren in the Council, soon to be on Burundi,
shallow bench not shown
because Charles Petrie was leaving Burundi on December 26 -- after
on November 1 -- the UN felt a need to name a replacement as of
December 31. This reflects, using a sports team metaphor, how
shallow the UN's bench of diplomats
is: there was apparently no one else to take over in Burundi.
Watch this site.
ambassador, on his way into the Council on January 4, told Inner City
Press that UNMIS was "over... wind up." The Council President told
Inner City Press on January 5 that most on the Council thought the
Mission should end. Another Council diplomat explained: for five years,
no progress, but they kept asking us to stay. Now we are leaving. "Good
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in Nepal for UN to Stay, Ban Reassigns Landgren, Limits Talks
January 3 -- Amid calls from some in Nepal for the UN to
stay, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has re-assigned his top envoy
from Nepal, Karin Landgren, to another rudderless UN Mission, in
Inner City Press asked the UN for its response to the
request that it stay in Nepal to deal with the rebel fighters still
in the cantonments. The UN responded:
Jan 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM
From: UN Spokesperson - Do Not Reply
To: Inner City Press
the letter from the Government of Nepal on 3 January and
will respond. We have been in detailed discussions with the
government over the disposal of UNMIN assets."
discussion to the “disposal of UNMIN assets,” the UN Secretariat
has already in essence answered the letter, in the negative: No. The
same was true of re-assigning Ms. Landgren to replace Charles Petrie
in Burundi, when there were still two weeks to go in the UN's Nepal
Council is slated to hear from Ms. Landgren on January 5, the second
working day of Bosnia's Council presidency.
Ms. Landgren, Nepali fortnight not shown
But Ban has
pre-determined things with his re-assignment of Ms. Landgren.
think the UN had done a good job in Nepal. Its manner of leaving now
seems to disprove that.
any wonder that troubled Burundi
demanded the shrinking of the UN's Burundi mission from 450 staff to
a mere 60? And when WILL
Charles Petrie re-surface in Somalia, and
wearing what hat? Watch this site.
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Petrie Caused by Inaction on Staff Genocidaire, UN No
-- The UN moved Charles Petrie from Somalia to
Burundi in April of this year, and now on
November 1 he is leaving
the employ of the UN.
19, Inner City Press
asked the UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon acting Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq why
Petrie is leaving. He is not being thrown out of the country, Haq
said. “Clearly, he has been talking about this, and so, you could
get the answer just as easily from Mr. Petrie. I wouldn’t have any
way of adding to his own comments.”
a September 30
resignation letter from Petrie to Ban Ki-moon, obtained elsewhere in
New York by Inner City Press, shows that Petrie is choosing to leave
the whole UN system, due to the UN's inaction on genocidaire Callixte
Mbarushimana, and that while he will now work part time on Somalia,
it will not be through the UN, but on behalf of European donors.
a UN official
to leave the UN system due to its failure to act on a genocidaire who
worked for the UN is news -- which may be why Ban Ki-moon's
Spokesperson's Office has refused to say anything. Back
11, Inner City Press asked
the UN have any comment on the arrest in Paris of
know who you mean, and this is an ICC
[International Criminal Court] arrest. We’ve seen the same press
release or statement that you have on this person…
worked for the UN; I am wondering what the response…
course know where he worked before, and you also know
the full history to that. What I can simply say is that we are aware
in the same way that you are — from the media and from their press
release — that the International Criminal Court has announced that
this man was arrested earlier today in Paris by the French
authorities following a sealed ICC arrest warrant. That’s what I
can tell you.
the UN could
have said more.
UN's Ban with Petrie, inaction on genocidaire and
resignation not shown
record shows that Petrie was the UN's
Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Rwanda at the time of the 1994
genocide. In his September 30 letter of resignation to Ban, Petrie
UN to come to terms with the case of Callixte Mbarushimana, a former
staff member of UNDP (1992 - 1995 Rwanda, 1996 - 1998 Angola) and
later UNMIK (2000-2001), accusing of having participated in the
murder of thirty-three people at the time of Rwanda's genocide, among
[them] UN colleagues. To a large part as a result of the UN's
inability, or unwillingness, to initiate an investigation of the
accusations that were know to it by 1996, Callixte Mbarushimana won a
legal action against the UN in 2004 which resulted in the
organization paying his thirteen months salary as compensation for
the 'violation of his rights.'”
UN could have
addressed this, but didn't. Perhaps the “review” that Petrie's
letter to Ban says he will embark on will help address this. Watch
for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters
footage, about civilian
in Sri Lanka.
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City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics
and this October 17 debate, on
Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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AlertNet piece by this correspondent
about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click
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Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an
undefined trust fund. Video
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