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Mali Ex PM Was at UN for Microsoft, Brother Came to Lobby for AFISMA

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 11, updated -- Hours before Mali's post-coup Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra was himself forced to resign at 4 am, his brother Cheick Sidi Diarra walked into the UN Security Council in New York.

  He told Inner City Press he was part of the delegation seeking a Security Council resolution for a force to help Mali's military re-take northern Mali, as Inner City Press partially tweeted yesterday. This second coup, it seems clear, will further delay if not derail that attempt.

  Inner City Press covered Cheick Sidi Diarra when he was the UN Special Adviser on Africa to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The coverage was not always positive.

  For example, in 2008, Inner City Press reported on the UN allowing Cheikh Modibo Diarra in to host an event as "Microsoft's Ambassador to Africa." Click here for that.

  There seemed to be no conflict of interest rules, or rules against corporations' use of the UN, in that case through family ties.

  But Inner City Press continued to cover Cheick Sidi Diarra and his work on Africa and his other mandate, until he was replaced by Maged Abdelaziz, formerly Egypt's Ambassador to the UN.

  The trajectory of Cheikh Modibo Diarra is even more telling: from Microsoft to Bamako to a military base. Those are many Windows, some of them now closing.

  On December 10, Inner City Press was told by Council sources the P5 will unveil their Mali draft resolution on December 12 (one day late), with an eye to adopting it on or before December 21. Is that possible, now? Watch this site.

Update of 10:18 am -- Inner City Press is informed that now France will "push even harder for the resolution" -- what, to assist a now double post coup government? Also, that France will circulate a draft press statement.

  Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, is said to be prepared to meet with "the lady who is no longer a cabinet member." On what basis?

Update of 11:30 am -- a Security Council delegation, not France, tells Inner City Press that the French Mission has already circulated a draft press statemnt on the Mali coup. But how can they go forward with a resolution based on a request from a non dissolved Malian government? Watch this site.

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