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On Drones, Ladsous Sought for West Africa But UNSC Says Only DRC

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 29 -- Four days after Inner City Press exposed that UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous began procuring drones 50 days before he had any approval, the UN still had no response.

   Beyond jumping the gun, Ladsous also made his November 2012 procurement for drones not only in Central Africa but also "West Africa." The closing date was January 11 -- before any approval at all.

  Inner City Press has identified the UN Procurement document, here.

   Tuesday UN Security Council president for January Masood Khan told Inner City Press that the case by case approval conveyed by his January 22 letter was only for Eastern Congo.
   At Tuesday's noon briefing, Inner City Press again asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's deputy spokesman Eduardo Del Buey to explain Ladsous' seemingly lawless gun-jumping, and also to state once and for all if Ladsous will try to launch drones over FrancAfrique's West Coast, Cote d'Ivoire?

   On this and other Inner City Press on the Congolese Army and on Darfur, Del Buey said, Have you asked DPKO?

   Inner City Press reminded Del Buey that Ladsous refuses to answer any Inner City Press question.

  Del Buey asked if any of Ladsous' subordinates had been asked.

  But in the the last interaction on December 18, Ladsous' spokesman grabbed the UNTV microphone to prevent a Press question about the 126 rapes in Minova, South Kivu, by the UN's partners in the Congolese army.

  Weeks later on January 17, UN official Stephane Dujarric told the Free UN Coalition for Access that he had quietly spoken with Ladsous' spokesman about grabbing the microphone. Typically, nothing in writing.

Here's the inital video #LADSOUS2013, soft launched January 27.  Watch this site.

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