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Corrupt UNPGA Volkan Bozkir Leaves Antigua Refusing Post-Ashe Funding Disclosure

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Periscope
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UN GATE, July 24 – In the United Nations after then President of the General Assembly John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda was indicted for taking bribes, then mysteriously died under a barbell awaiting trial, it was said future PGA would disclosed who paid for their trips, and how much.

 Now PGA Volkan Bozkir refuses to do that, even as he leaves Ashe's Antigua on July 24: "Saint John’s, ‪25 July 2021– The President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkır, has completed his official visit to Antigua and Barbuda.‬   Upon arrival on 22nd July, President Bozkır was welcomed by H.E. Mr. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade of Antigua and Barbuda and H.E. Mr. Walton Alfonso Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, New York.   On 23rd July, the President was received by H.E. Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda. They discussed the critical issues facing the people of Antigua and Barbuda including COVID-19 recovery, vaccines for all, tourism, as well as gender equality and pathways for youth.  President Bozkir was also received by H.E. Mr. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister...  The President held comprehensive bilateral talks with H.E. Mr. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs...  He also met with H.E. Mr. Molwyn Joseph, Minister of Health and Environment; H.E. Mr. Dean Jonas, Minister of Social Transformation and the Blue Economy; and H.E. Mr. Charles Hernandez, Minister of Tourism and Investment. They had in-depth discussions regarding the multiplicity of vulnerabilities facing people in Small Island Developing States including environmental protection for land and oceans, disaster risk reduction and resilience, COVID-19 recovery, and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The President later engaged with the local media alongside the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, New York.   While in Saint John’s, President Bozkir visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of English Harbour and attended a reception at Clarence House, hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda.  In conclusion, the President and Mrs. Bozkir attended a breakfast with H.E. Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Williams.     On 24 July, the President travels to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines." No word on who's funding it, including in response to this.

 For the past trip, they simply name each government without saying how much that paid. Nor will they answer the Press that asks.

  Back in September 2020 when Bozkir took over as President of the General Assembly, Inner City Press wrote to his spokesperson Brenden Varma "to request the password(s) to access and ask a question at the September 15 press conference."

  Varma replied, "This will be my first hybrid press conference, and I’m not sure how virtual access works. Please follow up with MALU."

   MALU, run by Melissa Fleming, has not answered. So Inner City Press emailed Varma this question: Why is there NO CONTENT on the PGA's "Ethics and Transparency" page, given that this was the lone reform after it was shown that PGA Ashe took bribes from Ng Lap Seng, and PGA Kutesa arranged bribes from CEFC China Energy? How much did Mr. Bozkir spend on his campaign for PGA? Who paid for all travel? Who are the staff members and who is paying each one?

  The response? Brenden Varma, "spokesman" of PGA, blocked Inner City Press on Twitter. Photo here. This is the UN, and Bozkir.

Now on May 4, after months of failure including being rebuffed even by NYC Mayor De Blasio and running interference for Antonio Guterres lust for a second term of bribe taking, on May 3 Bozkir held a staged press conference and afterwards bragged about some of the coverage. Not so fast.

Bozkir on May 4 said, "I wasn't thinking of saying this, but you must not ask these questions continuously to [my spokesperson] Brenden Varma." We call B.S. - his "spokes" person Varma BLOCKS THE PRESS. And Bozkir knows it. It is a charade, a corrupt charade. And he still hadn't answered who pays his staff members, the lone reform to come out of the John Ashe PGA scandal. So, Bozkir is worse than Ashe. Ashe to ashes.

Varma is gone; now it's Orla Murphy and and former UK UN Amy Quantrill, who one would have thought might have known better. We'll have more on this.


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