Stays French for 5 Years, Contrast With UN's Even Greater Lack of
Oversight of Ban Ki-moon
July 5 -- The disclosure by the International Monetary Fund
of Christine Lagarde's terms of appointment for the next five years,
on July 5 at 9 am, stand in contrast to those of Ban Ki-moon as
Secretary-General of the UN.
Lagarde is getting a full five years represents another loss for the
developing world countries which pushed for a non-European to replace
clear that Lagarde would beat out Mexico's Carstens, some predicted
that there would be an understanding that the next Managing Director
would be from the developing world, and in less that five years. The
latter, the letter of appointment indicates, is not the case.
the IMF letter
of appointment contains restrictions on conflicts of interest,
receiving honors and even travel pay which the UN either doesn't have
for Ban, or does not disclosure.
IMF letter of
will not accept any honor, decoration or award during your tenure
with the Fund without the approval of the Executive Board, which
shall only be given in circumstances where the acceptance of an
honor, decoration or award would not give rise to an actual or
perceived conflict of interest.”
the IMF, waiver
would be need by the Executive Board. At the UN, while the selection
of the S-G is ostensibly by the General Assembly, they provide little
to no oversight thereafter. Waivers are gotten through the Ethics
Officer, who is selected by Ban: a conflict.
that the one slightly more independent overseer of the S-G, the Under
Secretary General of the Office of Internal Oversight Services, had
an occupant, Inga-Britt Ahlenius, who was sharply critical of Ban
when she left. Her successor, selected by Ban, has said little on
Fund will reimburse you per diem at the rate applicable to Executive
Directors plus reasonable vouchered expenses not covered by the per
diem, including all hotel expenses, incurred by you for travel in the
interest of the Fund. Such expenses shall include travel and hotel
expenses of your
in attending Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors held outside
the Washington, D.C. area, and in accompanying you on official travel
in circumstances where this is in the interest of the Fund.”
much the UN pays for the travel of Ban, his family and entourage is
entirely opaque. When Inner City Press even asked about what happens
with the airline travel miles of Ban, who speaks about the
environment, no answer was provided.
Lagarde & Ban: 5 years of politics, but 1 can be removed, the other
IMF emailed to accredited media an embargoed copy of Lagarde's
appointment letter. The UN won't provide details about Ban's terms of
service even when directly asked as its noon briefing.
Board hold an annual “performance feedback process” with the
Managing Director. Ban proceeds for five years with little to no
significantly, the IMF letter provides
is our understanding that, although you have been appointed for a
term of five years, either you or the Executive Board shall be free
to terminate your connection with the Fund at any time.”
the UN, there
appears to be no mechanism at all for removal.
IMF also provides to its Managing Director that “you are
expected to observe the highest standards of ethical conduct,
consistent with the values of integrity.” Whether this permits what
even the New York Post now presents as the purchase of -- but non
payment for -- sexual services has not made clear, as DSK resigned,
paving the way for five years for his compatriot Lagarde...
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& Bashir Headed to Juba, UN and War Crimes Are Left Murky:
Handshakes or Handcuffs?
July 4 -- For the upcoming independence day of South Sudan
on July 9, the President of North Sudan Omar
al-Bashir “will be
there,” Bashir's ambassador to the UN told Inner City Press on June
27. The next day, South Sudan leaders in Juba confirmed the
indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war
crimes in Darfur.
July 1, after
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's deputy spokesman Farhan Haq
announced that Ban will attend on July 9, and “will meet with
[South Sudan] President Salva Kiir Mayardit, as well as with the
troops, staff and management of the UN Mission in Sudan, UNMIS”
Inner City Press asked
Haq if Ban would meet with Bashir:
Press: Sudan’s Permanent Representative says that Omar
al-Bashir will be attending as he is indicted by the ICC
[International Criminal Court]. What does the Secretary-General
think about that? Is he going to meet with Bashir? Is he opposed to
meeting with Bashir if he is there at this, as stated by the Perm Rep
in Juba for this ceremony?
Spokesperson Haq: First of all, I don’t believe that there
is any plan to meet with President Bashir. But second, beyond that,
regarding the invitation, what I can say is that the International
Criminal Court is an independent judicial institution. It has a
mandate distinct and separate from that of the United Nations. The
Secretary-General fully respects and supports the International
Criminal Court and its work. How States conduct themselves in the
light of the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal
Court is a matter for States to determine in the light of the legal
instruments applicable to them.
appears tailored to avoid the recent controversies of Bashir's
travels and meetings with heads of state. But shouldn't the UN hold
itself to a higher, less legalistic standard?
repeatedly used UN helicopters to fly Ahmed Haroun, indicted for war
crimes in Darfur, into conflict zones in which Bashir's and Haroun's
National Congress Party is accuse of orchestrating more ethnic
cleansing while UNMIS peacekeepers stood by or worse.
Ban & Bashir, right monitoring plan not shown:
shaking on July 9?
flights, Ban on June 6 said “On this use of UN helicopters by Mr.
Haroun, that was done, as we have already explained, on a very
specific and special case. It is not routinely provided that these
helicopters or military assets are provided to those people who are
indicted. There are legal implications – we are fully aware.”
Really? We'll see.
on July 1 Inner City Press asked
Haq about UNMIS inaction:
Press: ....the fighting in Kadugli, and they, in one instance
they, they quote a person saying that his friend Philip drove to the
UN compound and was shot to the chest in front of it. And the Times
says UN officials confirmed the killing. So I just wanted to, I
guess, I mean there it is, it’s in writing, but how did the UN
confirm it and what has it learned from an instance of civilians
seeking protection being killed directly in front of the UN
peacekeeping base in Kadugli?
Spokesperson: Well, we’ve made our concerns known about the
situation in Kadugli, and we have repeatedly called on the parties to
halt the fighting. You are aware, and we’ve mentioned several
times in recent days the consequences of the fighting in Kadugli. For
details on that specific shooting incident, I’d refer you over to
in the three
days since, nothing has been heard from UNMIS. Watch this site.
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updated -- The UN
has for a second time offered a free UN
flight in Sudan to Ahmed Haroun, under indictment by the
International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur, the UN
admitted Friday in response to questions from Inner City Press.
March 3 the UN
Security Council met about renewed fighting in the disputed Abyei
region. Back in January, Inner City Press got the UN to acknowledge
they had flown ICC indictee Haroun from South Kordofan, where he
serves fellow ICC indictee Omar al Bashir as governor, to Abyei.
UN has defended
this controversial flight by saying that Haroun and Haroun alone
could stop violence in Abyei. The UN never explained why the
government of Sudan, which has an air force currently bombing civilians
in Jebel Marra in Darfur, couldn't itself fly Haroun.
UN said it was
a scheduled flight, then UN Mission in Sudan chief Haile Menkerios
Inner City Press that it was a special flight. Inner City Press is
told such flights cost $40,000, and the UN has confirm no
reimbursement has been sought from the Bashir government.
violence has continued, making the UN flight of ICC indictee Haroun
harder to justify even by the UN's own argument.
March Li Baodong of China if the UN Peacekeeping official who briefed
the Council, Atul Khare, had mentioned if Haroun would again be flown
in a UN helicopter. Li Baodong did not directly answer.
the March 4 UN
noon briefing, Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's
spokesman Martin Nesirky to confirm or deny that that the UN would
once again fly ICC indictee Haroun to Abyei, even now that his work in
connection with the first flight has proved ineffective.
to all UN correspondents that yes, Haroun attended today's
meeting in Abyei, and yes, “he was transported” by the UN.
the ICC. Meanwhile Ban Ki-moon brags about the Security Council's partial
referral of the situation in Libya to the ICC -- a referral that Ban
Ki-moon did not even call for until after the Council voted to make
of 3:48 pm -- Human Rights Watch, via Richard Dicker, submitted
is the second time in recent weeks the UN has transported Ahmed
Haroun who is charged by the ICC with war crimes in Darfur. We have
real concerns because the U.N. should not be in the business of
transporting Haroun. There needs to be an extremely high threshold of
urgency for such action by UNMIS.”
and the US,
with the latter two asked if they knew in advance of the UN's new
flight of ICC indictee Haroun. Given her
media, & after hours of non-response by the US Mission
to the UN,@AmbassadorRice
has been asked directly as well. Watch
spokesperson, I would only reiterate the message that my two
Ambassadors have both said on the record (and published by Inner City
Press) first time around: that we aren’t going to second guess how
UNMIS fulfills its mandate to provide good offices to the
Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) parties in efforts to resolve
differences through dialogue and negotiations. I’d only add that
this work is particularly important at this sensitive time, to
contain any potential escalation after the recent Abyei violence.”
again that violence has persisted despite the UN flying ICC indictee
Ahmed Haroun in the first time, and that it is the role of UN member
states to oversee the UN Secretariat, not to defer in this case to
what some see as its promotion of impunity - but at least the UK
would put its position on the record.
Subject: Haroun and Abyei
To: Matthew.Lee [at]
be unaware of who is causing the violence in Abyei.
And yet "diplomatic sources" report seeing the burial of 33
bodies - all southerners.
a similar ploy to invade Poland) - and today thousands
of civilians fled Abyei fearing another crisis like in June 2008. The
Dinka Ngok villages north of Abyei, such as Maker, have been
burnt to the ground. The end explains the means. There is a
creeping ethnic cleansing going on in the Abyei region despite the
agreements of 2005 and the Court of Arbitration ruling in 2010.
out, that of arming arab militias to burn villages. I hope to see
more of your questions pinning the UN to the responsibility to
for Mar 1, '11
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City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger
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December 12 debate on UN double standards
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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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usually also available through Google
News and on Lexis-Nexis.
for a Reuters
AlertNet piece by this correspondent
about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click
for an earlier Reuters AlertNet piece about the Somali
Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an
undefined trust fund. Video
some are available
in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.