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Guinea Bissau Sanctions Start, US Back & Forth, Mutaboba For Gambari?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 20 -- When Morocco held its first meeting Wednesday charing the new Guinea Bissau sanctions committee of the UN Security Council, the media interest consisted of four reporters.

  Perhaps it was not only that the exports of Guinea Bissau are cashews and bauxite and cocaine; perhaps since it was the first meeting of the sanctions committee, it takes time to drum up interest. But the stakes and likelihood of success seem low.

  The committee is thinking of add more names to its sanctions list, from a European Union list. But many say those named don't travel anyway, except perhaps to Senegal. Who will stop them? If they have drug money to offer for bribes?

The overarching question is just how easy will things be for the leaders of the coup? One has lived in Morocco, which now chairs the committee.

As to the rest, the US at first said it could work with them, them rectified and clarified the statement. But now, it's said, the US ambassador to Senegal who covers Guinea Bissau is ready to work with the coup leaders, contrary to what Inner City Press was told on camera at the stakeout.

Another question on Africa put to the US Mission on Wednesday morning was still unanswered Wednesday night.

And so attention turns to who might replace Joseph Mutaboba, the UN envoy who first sheltered a drug kingpin then missed the signs of the coup. A strange suggested emerged on Wednesday: why not Ibrahim Gambari?

As Inner City Press exclusively reported, Gambari came to New York and resigned from his Darfur post. But what's next for him? Guinea Bissau might be small, but it seems to be a place Gambari could erect a $600,000 mansion for himself and his five guards, like he did in El Fasher.

Gambari's alread partied with an ICC indictee: after that, a coup leader is a walk in the park. Gambari's with the Angolans, and thus the Lusophone. It would be a step down, sure. But there's a lot of opportunity or at least money in Bissau. Watch this site.

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