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UN Slips on Haiti Envoy, Trinidadian Honore Withdrawn, Cholera Stonewall

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, December 14 -- With the UN under fire in Haiti for having in all probability introduced cholera, a new UN envoy was recently proposed to the UN Security Council by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: Ambassador Honore of Trinidad and Tobago.

  But even this was a fiasco: the nomination "did not fly," a Latin Permanent Representative exclusively told Inner City Press, and Ban Ki-moon withdrew the name.

  Meanwhile while Inner City Press has, since the announcement of some $23.5 million in UN funds for cholera in Haiti, asked if any of these funds would go to victims, and if the Department of Peacekeeping Operations has implemented any safeguards to ensure it doesn't introduce cholera elsewhere, no answer has been given.

  UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said he would ask DPKO, but came back with nothing. Inner City Pres asked again on December 14; still nothing, even as Nesirky insisted later in the briefing that he answers questions.

  Here, it seems that DPKO boss Herve Ladsous had decided that not only will he personally refuse to answer Press questions -- "his" DPKO as a whole would answer this cholera safeguard question, nor questions about its supposed Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, in the Eastern Congo and now Mali.

   This became clear when, minutes after Nesirky said he had not answer from DPKO, Inner City Press asked an official of the Department of Field Support and got at least some response. Is this the real response? We'll see. Watch this site.

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