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To Yemen UN Guterres Proposing 75 Member Team As He Quietly Pulls Staff From Somalia

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR PFT NY Post List

UNITED NATIONS GATE, January 9 – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on March 27 lavished praised on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman now accused with respect to Jamal Khashoggi, accepting a $930 million check from the Saudis and UAE, with not a word of the Saudi led bombing campaign that has killed civilians and caused cholera in Yemen.  Now Guterres has proposed sending and spending on a "nimble" 75-monitor team to Yemen, saying it would include "appropriate resources and assets will also be required to ensure the safety and security of U.N. personnel, including armored vehicles, communications infrastructure, aircraft and appropriate medical support." Sound good - until you consider that, as Inner City Press has exclusively reported, Guterres' UN relocated UN staff out of Somalia after a single attack on its compound in Mogadishu. UN staff in Somalia have exclusively leaked this email to banned Inner City Press, saying it shows how Guterres' UN has "lost the plot." We have voluntarily redacted some from the memo, as noted: From: [REDACTED BY INNER CITY PRESS] Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 2:30 pm Subject: Reduction of staffing footprint Somalia  Dear Colleagues,  Following the mortar attack on the UN compound in Mogadishu on 1 January 2019, the Designated Official for Somalia has decided, as a precautionary measure, to limit the staffing footprint in Mogadishu for the immediate future. Some personnel who were scheduled to travel to Somalia on Sunday 6 January have been directed to temporary remain in Nairobi. Some who are scheduled to travel on Monday 7 January will be individually contacted and directed to temporarily remain in Nairobi.  This measure applies only to personnel assigned to Mogadishu, and not to those in duty stations in the sectors and regions.  MovCon colleagues will vet the manifest during check-in in Nairobi, and those who have been asked to remain will not be checked in. Those who do not receive any notification should proceed to Mogadishu as planned.  Individuals who have been instructed to remain in Nairobi are required to report for duty, and to work from the UNSOM or UNSOS office in Nairobi. They will be considered as being on official business travel status, and entitled to daily subsistence allowance in Nairobi, on the condition that they report daily to the Nairobi Office. They should register with the colleagues in Human Resources Management Section below upon arrival at the office in Nairobi, so that work spaces can be identified for them:  Ms. Teresa Benedict on extension [REDACTED BY INNER CITY PRESS], mobile [REDACTED BY INNER CITY PRESS]. Mr. John Wachira on extension [REDACTED BY INNER CITY PRESS], mobile [REDACTED BY INNER CITY PRESS].  Those who have any difficulty in accessing the UNON compound should also contact the same HR colleagues.  Persons held back in Nairobi may choose to remain on leave, and not to report to work. In that case they will not be entitled to DSA."  Because that, of course, is the concern, as Guterres' administration engages in DSA (Daily Subsistence Allowance) scams all over the world. Guterres' friends and supporters and sycophants can use public funds as they choose. Nimble indeed.      On December 21 the UN Security Council approved 15-0 a stripped down Yemen resolution. Inner City Press put it online here on Scribd.  Now a detailed NYT report of how Guterres' smiling Saudi friends used child soldiers (paid through Faisal Islamic Bank of Sudan, partly owned by Saudis) from Darfur in Sudan, where Guterres remains quiet on Omar al Bashir's crackdown on the protests against him. Inner City Press has previously reported on the UN's fraudulent use of the Bank of Khartoum. The UN cannot be believed. On 20 December 2018, banned Inner City Press asked Guterres and his spokesman Stephane Dujarric and Farhan Haq, "December 20-2: On Sudan, what is the SG's comment and action on the anti-government protests that started on Wednesday in northern Sudan and have been spreading to other cities?" Even now with more journalists arrested in Sudan, for example Ahmed Younes from Al-Sharq Alowsat newspaper and Maha Al-Tilib from Attayar newspaper, both just for reporting on the protests in Wad Nubawi, Omdurman, there has been no answer at all for eight days, nor to 46 other questions Inner City Press has submitted including on conflicts of interest by Guterres. It turns out the UN has become so corrupt under Guterres that one of lead Spokesman Stephane Dujarric's Associate Spokespeople Ms Keishamaza Rukikaire who actually seems to care or at least re-tweet about Sudan has been ordered not to answer banned Inner City Press' written questions about Sudan, etc, see here. At the cusp of December 29 to 30 the UN sent out this: "The opening of the Hudaydah–Sana’a highway as a humanitarian corridor to deliver humanitarian assistance, as agreed during the first Joint meeting of the Redeployment Coordination Committee, did not take place today [29 December]. In a meeting with Houthi representatives to the RCC at the Hudaydah port, the UN appointed Chairman of the RCC, General Cammaert, expressed his disappointment at their missed opportunity to build confidence between the parties.
While at the port, the Houthi representatives of the RCC informed the Chair of redeployment measures at the port. He welcomed the effort to start implementation of the Stockholm Agreement. However, he noted that implementation of confidence-building measures and the Agreement should be concurrent and emphasized that any redeployment would only be credible if all parties and the United Nations are able to observe and verify that it is in line with the Stockholm Agreement.
The Chairman intends to convene on 1 January 2019, the next meeting of the RCC to discuss the redeployment plans of the parties and the liaison, monitoring and coordination mechanism that will be required to monitor the ceasefire and ensure that credible redeployment is achieved.

Stephane Dujarric
Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 29 December 2018" On 20 December 2018, banned Inner City Press asked Guterres and his spokesman Stephane Dujarric and Farhan Haq, "December 20-2: On Sudan, what is the SG's comment and action on the anti-government protests that started on Wednesday in northern Sudan and have been spreading to other cities?" Even now with more journalists arrested in Sudan, for example Ahmed Younes from Al-Sharq Alowsat newspaper and Maha Al-Tilib from Attayar newspaper, both just for reporting on the protests in Wad Nubawi, Omdurman, there has been no answer at all for eight days, nor to 46 other questions Inner City Press has submitted including on conflicts of interest by Guterres. It turns out the UN has become so corrupt under Guterres that one of lead Spokesman Stephane Dujarric's Associate Spokespeople
Ms Keishamaza Rukikaire who actually seems to care or at least re-tweet about Sudan has been ordered not to answer banned Inner City Press' written questions about Sudan, etc, see here. On December 26, after asking Guterres seemingly also absentee Spokesman Stephane Dujarric why even the day's UN "highlights" were not online as of 12:07 pm, Inner City Press in writing asked: "December 26-4: On Yemen, what is the SG's knowledge of, comment and action on report that clashes erupted Wednesday (Dec 26) in Yemen's Hodeida. The sound of heavy artillery could be heard to the east of the Red Sea city, with clashes stopping after a few hours. An official for the Saudi-led alliance said on Tuesday that 10 pro-government troops have been killed since the ceasefire went into force, accusing the Huthis of 183 violations. The rebels, in turn, said on the same day that they have recorded at least 31 violations in the past 24 hours by pro-government troops. What is the UN doing?" While still declining to answer any specific Inner City Press questions, including
about Guterres' conflicts of interest, the Office of the Spokesperson now past noon on December 28 has put online this: "The first Joint meeting of the Redeployment Coordination Committee convened in Hudaydah City, from 26 to 28 December 2018. The committee discussed the first phase of the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement which is based on three priority areas: Ceasefire; confidence building measures to deliver Humanitarian Assistance; and redeployment.
The three-day meeting was carried out in a constructive and cordial manner and the Chair commended the parties for the goodwill demonstrated to implement the Stockholm agreement.
The parties are now preparing to provide the Chair with detailed plans for full redeployment which will be discussed at the next meeting of the RCC, scheduled for 1 January 2019, in Hudaydah. In the meantime, the implementation of the terms of the Stockholm Agreement are ongoing.
In the interim, as a confidence building measure, the parties have agreed to begin opening blocked humanitarian corridors, starting with the Hudaydah-Sana’a Road, followed by other routes, in a phased manner. A humanitarian convoy is expected to move from the Hudaydah port along the Hudaydah-Sana’a Road on 29 December.
The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths today welcomed President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi's decision to instruct the payment of salaries for all civil servants in the Hodeidah governorate, starting this month. The Special Envoy said President Hadi's decision is an important step towards improving the economic situation, and alleviating the humanitarian suffering of the Yemeni people, adding that he hopes there will be more steps in this direction."
Inner City Press has also twice now asked: "December 24-1: Beyond the 35 questions from Inner City Press you refused to answer last week, still set forth below for promised answer, this is a reiterated request past deadline that you (1) state when SG Guterres left his position on the Gulbenkian Foundation, (2) state why Gulbenkian was not listed on SG Guterres' public financial disclosure which covered 2016; (3) explain how it is not a conflict of interest for SG Guterres to have refused to start an audit of CEFC in the UN, as requested by Inner City Press in January 2018, given CEFC's bid for the oil business of Gulbenkian. Also, again, state why under SG Guterres there have been no updates to the UN public financial disclosures since those filed for 2016. Also, again, explain your refusal to answer any of Inner City Press' questions this week despite USG Smale's statements to GAP, me and UNSR David Kaye."

From December 23 email without location: "General Patrick Cammaert and his advance team arrived in Hudaydah this evening (23 December). Prior to his arrival in the city, he met with the Houthi appointees to the Redeployment Coordination Committee in Sana’a, where he was reassured of their commitment to the implementation of the Stockholm agreement. General Cammaert is encouraged by the general enthusiasm of both sides to get to work, immediately. One of the priorities in the coming days will be the organization of the first joint RCC meeting, which is projected for 26 December. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
23 December 2018." On December 22 from the same spokes- / hatchetman, still with a dateline - note that neither he nor Guterres has made even  canned comment on the Saturday night budget marathon that Guterres skipped but banned Inner City Press covered, here: "Retired General Patrick Cammaert, Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), landed in Aden, Yemen, this afternoon (22 December), where he held a face-to-face meeting with the Government of Yemen appointees to the RCC mechanism.
During the discussion, General Cammaert stressed that the success or failure of the Stockholm Agreement rested solely with the parties. He urged the Government of Yemen and Coalition forces to uphold the ceasefire, which came into effect on 00:00 18 December, and sought their commitment and cooperation to secure the unhindered flow of humanitarian aid into and across the country as a matter of urgency. He also discussed modalities for the convening of the first joint RCC meeting in Hudaydah or environs as early as 26 December.
General Cammaert will travel to Sana'a tomorrow to meet with the Houthi appointees to the RCC to convey similar messages, after which he and his team will depart for Hudaydah.
New York, 22 December 2018.
New York, 22 December 2018.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General." This is the spokesman who did not answer a single one of Inner City Press' 35 written questions this
week, including this one on Guterres' conflict(s) of interest. We'll have more on this. 
after many more deaths it seems it will happen again - Guterres' UN is preparing to smiling take another $500 million and keeps partnering with MBS' MiSK Foundation. Now with the UK draft UN Security Council resolution on Yemen stalled like the African Union's, exclusive here, now on whether or not to include Iran in Operative Paragraph 9 as a violator of the arms embargo - US says yes, Russia says no -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met his counterpart from Oman on December 19, triggering this read out from his deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino: "Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah.  The Secretary thanked the Minister for Oman’s positive engagement on many regional issues, including its role in helping facilitate UN consultations on Yemen in Sweden.  The Secretary and the Minister agreed on the importance of parties building upon momentum from the consultations by implementing agreements, continuing engagement, de-escalating tensions, and ceasing ongoing hostilities.  The Secretary and the Minister underscored their support for UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and the next round of Yemen consultations.  The Secretary and the Minister discussed the January 1 elimination of B-1 visa reciprocity fees and increased visa validities in A, B, and G classifications, which will benefit U.S. and Omani travelers, and promote trade and investment." UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on December 19 bragged to the Parliament "I have instructed our mission in New York to resume working on our draft Resolution with Security Council partners, with a view to adopting it later this week. We will ask the Security Council to vote on the draft within the next 48 hours... Britain has been able to play this role because of our network of friendships, including our partnership with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and because we are a country that steps up to its responsibilities." Not on FOIA - the UK mission has withheld from Inner City Press nearly all requested documents on Yemen, all on Cameroon and on the UK Mission's role in UK USG Alison Smale's now 168 day ban on Inner City Press. Asking about the UK Yemen draft at the UN Delegates Entrance gate, UK deputy Ambassador Jonathan Allen refused any answer to Inner City Press, as he hand slapped with UN official Mladenov. On December 19 at the UNSC stakeout Smale - and the UK? - ban Inner City Press from, Allen stopped and serviced Gulf media and waved away UNTV, a boom-mic man from a previous UN(CA) bribery vehicle, so that no one else would hear. This is today's UK, and UN. v. On De Watch this site.scl Mhnaer Despite Guterres' British envoy Martin Griffiths posting that the parties in Sweden agreed on "An immediate cease-fire shall enter into force in the city of Hodeidah" and publications like the Los Angeles Times reporting it as such, the air strikes continue. And not a peep out of Guterres, on a murky junket trip to Qatar.  On December 17, Inner City Press at the UN Delegater Cates Gate asked diplomats fs from Swedeen, Russia and Kaaazakstan about it. Periscope video here. Later after a noon briefing from which Inner City Press wwas banned, the UN sent this out: "Statement on the Implementation Of The Agreement On The City Of Hudayda And Ports Of Hudayda, Salif, And Ras Isa- Amman 17 December 2018 - The ceasefire in Hudayda shall enter into force at 00:00 on 18 December 2018, local time. The Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), the joint committee in charge of implementing the Hudayda Agreement, is expected to start its work swiftly to translate the momentum built up in Sweden into achievements on the ground." by GuterresWe'll see - watch this site." say Lowcock and Fore should tell their Boss Antonio Guterres to at least stop partnering with MBS' Misk Foundation - and to stop censoring and banning the Press. On November 19 Inner City Press asked questions of five other Security Council members at the gate to which it is confirmed by UN censorship, inside Kuwait's UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi told scribes that "some Council members don't see this is the right time to table a draft resolution," said he has "many problems" with the draft. Asked if there could be a vote this week he said "I doubt it." MBS is riding high, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres still partnering with him and saying though his censoring spokesman Stephane Dujarric that no formal request to probe the murder of Jamal Khashoggi has been received, even after his "pull aside" meeting with Turkey's foreign minister. Pull aside indeed.  Earlier on November 19, Inner City Press on November 19 asked five UN Security Council ambassador if it the draft had been circulated to the Council's ten elected members. Kazakhstan's Permanent Representative and Sweden's Deputy Carl Skau politely said no. The UK's Jonathan Allen did not answer; the Netherlands' Karel von Oosterom won't even turn. US Ambassador Nikki Haley, out by the end of the year, passed by with entourage and no answer. Video here.
This as  Inner City Press, banned from the UN now 138 days by corrupt Antonio Guterres, is informed by those who've seen it that Griffiths has a "pathetic" page and a half document, which would have the the Houthis handing over all heavy weapons to... Hadi, in his Saudi hotel. "Fat chance," these sources says, adding "fat Hadi" and others above named. 
On September 8 Guterres' envoy Martin Griffiths lavished praise on the government / Hadi delegation he spent three days with in Geneva, in a press conference featuring qestions cut off by the UN and from which though in Geneva Inner City Press was banned from by New York-based, Moscow junketing Alison Smale for Guterres, soon to be Lisbon bound. After Griffiths, Hadi's Foreign Minister Khaled Al Yahami took over the UN room to denounce coup plotters and deny that Sudan and Egypt wouldn't open their air space. What about the injured being able to get to Oman? Griffiths, vetted by the Saudis before Guterres gave him the post ostensibly for the Brits, wouldn't say. He said every action has a repercussion. We'll have more on this.  The UK and France are both complicit in the killing of civilians in Cameroon by Paul Biya - and in the lifetime ban Guterres' Alison Smale imposed on Inner City Press on August 17. On August 13, for a UN noon briefing Inner City remained banned from, it e-mailed the spokesmen for Antonio "$930 Million Guterres this question: "August 13-2: On Yemen, what is the comment of the SG and, separately, his envoy Griffiths on reports that Saudi and Emirati Led Coalition-backed militias actively recruit al-Qaida militants, or those who were recently members, because they’re considered exceptional fighters. One Yemeni commander who was put on the U.S. terrorism list for al-Qaida ties last year continues to receive money from the UAE to run his militia,. Another commander, recently granted $12 million for his fighting force by Yemen’s president, has a known al-Qaida figure as his closest aide. In one case, a tribal mediator who brokered a deal between the Emiratis and al-Qaida even gave the extremists a farewell dinner. What does the UN know / say / do about this?" Even when Inner City Press submitted the question again, to Guterres' email address and that of his Deputy SG and Communicator UK USG Alison Smale, there has been no answer more than two days later, in the face of this: "A senior US official says the UAE paid money to tribal leaders in Yemen to rout al-Qaeda from its strongholds. Wednesday's remarks followed AP investigation outlining how Emirati forces cut secret deals with the militants to get them to abandon territory. The official says money "has exchanged hands" and that it often went to "sheikhs in areas that have collaborated or allowed al-Qaida to exist." He didn't elaborate on how much was paid, but says the Emiratis' payments to tribal sheikhs allowed them to 'ally themselves to the Emiratis.'" One wag might note the handed $930 million check, half Emerati, to Guterres; the UAE already bought the UN's Bernardino Leon and, some say, Ghassam Salame. Today's UN under Guterres is corrupt, and censors. On August 9, for a UN noon briefing Inner City remained banned from, it e-mailed the spokesmen for Guterres this question: "August 9-3: On Yemen, what is the SG's comment and action on 'airstrikes in northern Yemen have targeted a busy market and a bus, killing at least 20 people, including children, and wounding as many as 35. ICRC said a hospital supported by the organisation had received dozens of casualties after the attack at a market in Dahyan in Sa’ada governorate.'"  At the UN Security Council, from which Guterres has also banned Inner City Press, UK Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Allen was asked "the reaction to the bombing of a school bus in northern Yemen? Dozens of very young children, videos showing many under the age of ten injured and/or killed in a strike that the Saudis say was justified. Allen: Well, we've seen those reports. It's very important as we've said repeatedly that all parties to the conflict in Yemen adhere to International Humanitarian Law. Where there is an incident of this sort, it's important this investigated thoroughly and the conclusions of that investigation are shared and are learned from and we'll be calling for that in this incidence as well. As President, I'm afraid I don't have anything to say on that. This is not something that the Council has discussed recently. Q: Has anybody asked the Presidency to discuss it in AOB?  Allen: As of this moment, I am not aware of any such requests." At the beginning of the month the UK prepped the correspondents it feeds cake to, as it sells bombs to Saudi Arabia - while refusing to answer questions from Inner City Press on Yemen, Western Sahara and Cameroon. On July 30 Guterres' sleazy basis for roughing up and banning Inner City Press for 27 days and counting was reported in the Columbia Journalist Review: Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric has gone further, in an article published July 30 by the Columbia Journalism Review. Dujarric - who Inner City Press directed to the CJR reporter to - is quoted that " Lee Periscoped while shouting, 'Fuck you!' repeatedly. (Lee says he was complaining that Dujarrac had given the Al Jazeera crew a private interview, and excluded him.) 'He creates an atmosphere of incivility within our working environment,' Dujarrac says."  This is a lie. Inner City Press on June 19 when Dujarric gave a "private briefing" to Al Jazeera about Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo announcing the US pull out from the UN Human Right Council said in the hall that is was a "sleazefest." After closing the door of the focus booth it has been confined to work in for two years by Dujarric, and long after the Al Jazeera trio including James Bayes and Whitney Hurst were done, said on Periscope, F-You. Periscope video - still online during this 27 day "investigation" - here. So Dujarric is a censor, justifying the beating up and banning of a journalist for something he broadcast in a soundproof booth to his audience. As Inner City Press has reported, Dujarric told an interlocutor on June 20, before the two beat-downs of Inner City Press, that things would be worse for it.  On Yemen, the CJR article quotes Inner City Press: "The Saudis buy UK weapons to bomb Yemen—but the UN envoy to Yemen is British." All true.  On July 5, hours before Guterres' (and the UK's and Saudis') envoy Martin Griffiths briefed the UN Security Council, Guterres' UN banned Inner City Press from entering, and it has been banned for 12 days and counting since. Fox News story here ("UN roughs up, ejects, bans reporter from headquarters: Caught on tape"); petition to Guterres here; GAP blogs I and II (“Harassment of US Journalist Intensifies at the UN”).  Dujarric spoonfeeds sound bytes to Al Jazeera and is working with them to try to further restrict Inner City Press, here - Inner City Press was in fact ousted on June 22, video here, story here. And then the further rough up and ban on 3 July 2018 and since.

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