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On Sri Lanka, UN's 4 Month Report Not Done in Year, Petrie on to Myanmar

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 12 -- The UN's acts and omissions during the killing of 40,000 civilians in Sri Lanka in 2009 has given rise to criticism, to which Secretary General Ban Ki-moon responded in September 2011 by saying UN official Thoraya Obaid would investigate and issue a report in four months time.

  Nine months later, no report was issued and Inner City Press asked why not. Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said for the first time that Obaid had not been able to do the report, but that Charles Petrie was not on the case and would issue a report shortly.

  That hasn't happened either, and Inner City Press has since learned that Petrie has another job, with the Norway government funded Myanmar Peace Support Initiative (MPSI), which is also controversial.

  But it's made Inner City Press wonder: how can Petrie do two jobs at once? How he work for the UN and, essentially, for the Norwegian government at the same time, in seeming violation of Article 100 of the UN Charter? And where is the report on the UN in Sri Lanka?

  On October 11, Inner City Press asked Nesirky:

Inner City Press: I had asked about this report that was supposed to be now done by Charles Petrie into the UN’s performance in Sri Lanka in 2009. And I went back and looked at it. It seemed like it was supposed to be finished in August and you had said that when it is finished it will be up to the Secretary-General whether to make it public or not. One, so I want to know the status now that we are in October. But also, I didn’t know this, but Mr. Petrie has another job, which is to be the head of the Myanmar peace support initiative, Norwegian. Did he do this at the same time? Was this a full-time position? Has he finished the report and what is going to happen with the report?

Spokesperson Nesirky: The work with that Norwegian organization has absolutely nothing to do with the United Nations. It is the work that is being carried out on the report and continues to be carried out is obviously entirely separate and is not a full-time role. So I think that covers that. The first part of your question, yes, it is still in the works, and when it is ready, it will be ready, but it is still in the works.

Inner City Press: Okay. So it hasn’t been finished and given to the Secretary-General?

Spokesperson Nesirky: Not yet. It has not been given to the Secretary-General at this point, yeah.

  If the long delayed report has not been given to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, then mustn't it still be with Charles Petrie? But where IS Charles Petrie? He is being quoted at the director of the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative (MPSI).

  On October 12, Inner City Press asked Nesirky again: what is the UN's view of the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative, and how can Petrie work there and for the UN at the same time?

  Nesirky said he has answered the question yesterday -- see transcript above -- so Inner City Press followed up and asked what is Petrie's status with the UN, and about Article 100 of the UN Charter, essentially requiring serving only one master.

  Nesirky insisted he had answer the question, and that if he has anything more he will provide it. We'll see. Watch this site.

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