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For Syria, Ban Proposes Trust Fund, Finances in Cyprus, Health Like Haiti, Security Like Somalia

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 7 -- On Syria chemical weapons, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's ten page letter to the UN Security Council dated October 7 raises more questions than it answers.

Who will pay for the mission? Who will staff it?

  Ban says a "trust fund" will be established. Will the Gulf countries already financing extremist rebels be invited to contribute to this fund, as they have sponsored new Lounges in Ban's UN, and even paying for people Ban wanted to layoff to remain on, photocopying UN document in a basement as exclusively reported by Inner City Press, here?

  Also on finance, Ban says the financial support base of the mission will be in Cyprus -- ironic given that country's fiscal meltdown and IMF bail-in.

  On Phase Three of his plan, Ban seems to open the door to personnel or troops of many countries to come in. He is already bragging of Syria's under UN and OPCW supervision using "cutting torches & angle grinders."

  But apparently something more serious, and less Syrian, will be required later on. But who will deploy there? And what will be the Syrian government's role?

  Ban's letter brags that OPCW will be under the UN's "Security Management System."

  Slim comfort, given the attack on the UN in Mogadishu -- which, while whitewashed by others, we continue to note was preceded by the UN Mine Action Service under David Bax turning itself over to US intelligence agencies to collect genetic and biometric information, making itself a party to an armed conflict as in the Congo and prospectively Syria.

  Ban offers assurances of the UN system's seriousness on health issues. But his dismissal of claims that the UN brought cholera to Haiti, killing over 8,000 people, and bogus report exonerating Herve Ladsous' UN Peacekeeping, call this into question.

  Ban, after turning in his letter, is heading off on another junket to Hungary and Brunei, for a summit of ASEAN and the UN. The OPCW said it would hold a press conference on October 8, then without explanation moved it to October 9. The Free UN Coalition for Access @FUNCA_info has noted that it should allow questions from journalists online, as for example the IMF does. But we'll see. Watch this site.


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