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On W. Sahara, ICP Asks Why Ban Weakened Report, No Comments On AU Arria

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 254 -- Inner City Press obtained the UN's Western Sahara report as it had been approved by Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson on April 18, and exclusively in full text published it on Scribd here, days after the UN threw its journalistic files right out onto First Avenue. Video here and here (Periscope).

  After unexplained delays Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's final report came out, and from the Eliasson version it changes "must" to "should" in Paragraph 91 and drops and entire line from Paragraph 92: "The Security Council confirmed the Mission's political functions in Resolution 1056 (1996) and subsequent resolutions extending the mandate." h/t

With whom was Ban "negotiating" before this changes and omissions?

 On April 25, Inner City Press asked Ban's spokesman about the changes, and about the Arria formula meeting it exclusively reported on Friday, April 22, UN transcript here:

Inner City Press: on Western Sahara, now that the final report is out, in comparing it to the version that was signed off on by Deputy Secretary-General [Jan] Eliasson, there are a number of changes, all of which go to the appeasement or to the side of Morocco.  For example, paragraph 91 is switched from "must do something" to "should".  [Paragraph] 92 drops a line about the mission's political function.  And paragraph 72 drops a reference to "investment not benefiting the residents of Western Sahara".  So, because of these changes, because this has happened in previous years, what explains


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