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UN's Ladsous Refuses to Say Who Broke DRC Ceasefire, His 1994 Filing Here

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 18 -- With the M23 mutineers at the gates of Goma on Sunday, the lack of transparency and accountability on Saturday of Herve Ladsous, the fourth Frenchman in a row to head UN Peacekeeping, becomes more noteworthy. We highlight his Saturday stakeout, and one of his 1994 filings with the Security Council.

   Saturday when Ladsous came out of the UN Security Council ostensibly to answer media questions, he had his deputy spokesman first whisper to two UN staffers. Stakeout spokesman photo here.

   It has been confirmed to Inner City Press that the order was to not let the boom microphone anywhere near Inner City Press. This is not the first time, nor for Ladsous to move for censorship on UN Television, see here.

   Nevertheless once Ladsous finished his prepared statement, which a UN diplomat later called "pure propaganda," Inner City Press clearly asked "Who broke the ceasefire?" Video here, from Minte 3:47 to 3:57.

   Ladsous refused to answer, and it took ten second to find someone else to ask a question.

   In fact, back on November 10 the M23 said that the Congolese army FARDC has violated the ceasefire on November 9. The question now, which Ladsous refuses to answer, is what his Department of Peacekeeping Operations and MONUSCO mission knew, and when they knew it. Did they participate?

   Once Ladsous had finished filibustering to the question he had selected, Inner City Press asked another question, this time about his MONUSCO not protecting civilians at Pinga in North Kivu, where non M23 rebels from the Mai Mai attacked. Video here, from Minute 5:26 to 5:34.

   Ladsous refused this question to, insisting that he would only take a question "en francais."

   Significantly, Ladsous was France's Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN in 1994 during the Rwanda genocide. While there are many witnesses from this period, for now we will link to a report Ladsous submitted on August 4, 1994 to the Security Council at this time, here, UN document S/1994/933. We'll have more on this.

   Is this the right person to head UN Peacekeeping on the Congo and M23 at this time? Watch this site.

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