Inner City Press

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis

In Other Media-eg New Statesman, AJE, FP, Georgia, NYT Azerbaijan, CSM Click here to contact us     .


Share |   

Follow on TWITTER

More: InnerCityPro

Home -

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis


(FP Twitterati 100, 2013)

ICP on YouTube
Sept 24, 2013

UN: Sri Lanka


FOIA Finds  

Google, Asked at UN About Censorship, Moved to Censor the Questioner, Sources Say, Blaming UN - Update - Editorial

Support this work by buying this book

Click on cover for secure site orders

also includes "Toxic Credit in the Global Inner City"




Bank Beat

Freedom of Information

How to Contact Us

On W. Sahara, As Ban Eyed Building Morocco's Road, Can Staff Speak to Diplomats?

By Matthew Russell Lee, Follow up to Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, September 16 -- The UN of Ban Ki-moon, which gave in to Morocco's demand to pull out 83 members of its MINURSO mission in Western Sahara and has yet to get most of the returned, is now proposing to given in further, sources exclusively told Inner City Press on September 8.

   A UN Security Council meeting was set up for Friday, September 9 at 3 pm. Inner City Press reported that the goal was for Ban's UN Secretariat to propose that the UN take over the work Morocco unilaterally began of building and asphalting a road in the Guerguerat area.

  Previous UN reports, under Kofi Annan, expressed concern at this road. But now under Ban Ki-moon, the UN is prepared to propose to do it itself.

Fully a week later, Inner City Press asked Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric to explain Ban's position - and if Morocco can complain, and get UN Under Secretary Gneral action on, UN staff speaking with a Polisario diplomat. From the UN's September 16 transcript:

Inner City Press: I'd asked you yesterday to clarify what the Secretary-General's proposal had been about this road on which Security Council consultations were called last Friday.  You said you'd look into it.  But at least some on the sort of pro-Moroccan side that have said the road is now completed.  So I wanted just a factual report, if you have one, on what's actually taken place since last Friday.

Spokesman:  No.  What I have is that MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) is undertaking any task in this current crisis to be based on the agreement of both parties and of the Security Council.  The Mission's proposal would include the withdrawal by both parties of all armed elements.  Peacekeeping… MINURSO would retain the exclusive presence in the area.  And MINURSO is concerned about the preservation of peace and civility in Western Sahara and the prevention… the resumption of armed hostilities.  [MINURSO] is an instrument of peace and not in the interest of either party.

ICP Question:  Okay.  And one other thing.  It's also on Western Sahara, but it's also sort of about UN rules, what is expected of the UN staff.  A UN staff member, the Secretary of the Third Committee, Moncef Khane, was observed speaking to a representative of the Polisario, Mr. [Ahmed] Boukhari.  And a complaint was made by the ambassador from Morocco to the USG (Under-Secretary-General) of DGACM (Department of General Assembly and Conference Management) — many acronyms there.  And Catherine Pollard actually called the Secretary of the Third Committee in and said that he should be more careful who he talks to.  So I wanted to know, beyond this particular case, how should UN staff… are they allowed to speak to diplomats of…

Spokesman:  I'm not going to comment on the particular case because I have no detailed knowledge of who people talk to and when they talk to them.  Obviously, I think as I general rule, UN staff speak to whomever they may want to speak to who may be in this building.

ICP Question:  Right.  So you don't… 

Spokesman:  I'm not going to speculate further because I don't know the facts.


Share |

* * *

These reports are usually also available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis.

Click here for Sept 26, 2011 New Yorker on Inner City Press at UN

Click for re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption

Feedback: Editorial [at]

UN Office: S-303, UN, NY 10017 USA

Reporter's mobile (and weekends): 718-716-3540

  Search  Search WWW (censored?)

Other, earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.

            Copyright 2006-2015 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]