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UN Tells ICP Its Position on Haiti Cholera "Is Clear," Video Here

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 24 -- Under Secretary General Ban Ki-moon the UN almost centainly introduced cholera to Haiti; thousands of Haitians have died. On June 23, Inner City Press asked Ban's spokesman, YouTube video here:

Inner City Press: I wanted to ask you about the service of papers on the Secretary-General on Friday on the Haiti cholera suit. I e-mailed you on Friday, but still have yet to get an answer from you. Farhan Haq is quoted by some media as saying that he slapped them away or that his guard stepped in the way. What is the case? How would you explain what seems to be kind of an evasive approach to the Haiti cholera issue by the Secretary-General?

Spokesman Dujarric: I don’t agree with your description of evasive. I think the legal position of the United Nations has been clear, has been often stated from this from this podium, by myself and by Martin, so that position is clear and unchanged...

  Clear? Earlier this year when legal papers for a lawsuit were posted on the door of Ban Ki-moon's UN-provided residence on Sutton Place, his spokespeople repeatedly refused to confirm or deny to Inner City Press that the legal papers had been received. The Free UN Coalition for Access has protested the UN's increased stonewalling.

  Now, a new low.

   Hearing that Ban had finally been handed legal papers in a second Haiti cholera lawsuit while he went to give a speech about Syria at the Asia Society on Friday morning, Inner City Press e-mailed Ban's top two spokespeople to ask: “Can you please confirm or deny asap that the Secretary General got handed or served with legal papers in one of the Haiti cholera lawsuits, on information and believe this morning near the Asia Society?”

  Even as Ban's spokesperson's office murkily distributed a report on Syria which mirrored Ban's speech (review of speech here, of distribution here), neither spokesperson answered, even to confirm receipt of the question.

  Now it emerges that Haq replied to the Miami Herald to the same question, telling “the Herald he was standing behind ban during the alleged encounter and Ban did not take the papers. 'No one at the UN took the papers,' Haq wrote in an email.”

  The Free UN Coalition for Access will have more on this.


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