Kingpin in Guinea Bissau for 3 Months, Because "He Needed
Protection"- What's Next, Pedophiles and Terrorists?
15 -- When Guinea Bissau's former Navy chief of staff
Tchuto entered the country in December, by canoe, he was
allowed to take refuge in the UN compound.
then, Bubo Na Tchuto
was widely known to be involved in narcotics trafficking.
Nevertheless, the UN continued to provide shelter to Bubo Na Tchuto
until the April 1 mutiny, at which time he left the UN and has
remained at large, wielding power.
did the UN
provide this service to what the U.S. now calls a “drug kingpin”? At
the UN's July 15 noon briefing, Inner City Press asked Associate
Spokesman Farhan Haq just this.
that “the office was
acting on the basis of express concerns if the individual left the
building, there would be a threat to his life.” Video here,
kingpin might face some dangers is axiomatic. Inner City Press asked
if the UN would apply the same standard, and provide the same
services, to a terrorist.
to answer, saying the the head
of the UN Mission in Guinea Bissau, Joseph Mutaboba, be taking
questions at the Security Council stakeout.
availability was announced, it was never held.
UN's Ban and Mutaboba, 3 months protection drug
kingpin not shown
City Press asked U.S. Alternative Representative for Special
Political Affair Brooke Anderson, in her first stakeout, the
one of the two people named as kingpins, Bubo Na Tchuto,
was actually put up by the United Nations, was held in the UN
compound, was protected in December for several months. I'm just
wondering, what does the U.S. think, does the U.S. think that was a
bad decision for the UN to essentially provide protection and supper
[succor] to a man that is now known as a drug kingpin?
have designated him as a drug kingpin, we are taking
action to address this issue and we are concerned about the fact that
he was in the UN compound.
Reuters. But if the U.S. is concerned, what
accountability will there be for those who allowed the drug kingpin
in, and to stay for three months?
the UN, there is
rarely accountability. Even now, the UN appears unable to say that it
made a mistake. Back in
December, Inner City Press asked a senior UN
official about Bubo Na Tchuto. We think he didn't like his exile in
Gambia, was the response. We are arranging another exile. It never
while staying with the UN, to where to Bubo Na Tchuto make phone
calls? Who paid for that?
Jamaica Dudus Coke certainly faced a threat on his life. Would the UN
house him for three months? Watch this site.
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South Sudan Unilateral Declaration of Independence Trigger, with US
Dissing Silent UN? "Total War"
14 -- Less then six months from what is supposed to a
referendum on the separation of South Sudan from the rest of Africa's
largest country, the UN and others seem under-prepared.
Inner City Press asked the UN to respond to reports that Japan won't
give helicopters for the UN Mission in Sudan, saying that “the
support isn't there.”
City Press also asked about the renewed
fighting in Darfur between the government and the Justice and
Equality Movement rebels: could the UN confirm it, had it visited the
areas or protected civilians?
the latter, the
UN could not initially say anything about this fighting in an area it
has a $1 billion peacekeeping mission. Later in the day the UN issued
a statement in response, that it was “aware of the reports” and
would be doing to see. On the helicopter problem, almost nothing was
military and peacekeeping diplomat of a major African country
approached Inner City Press later on July 13 in the UN's new North
Lawn building and asked: “what if South Sudan makes a Unilateral
Declaration of Independence?”
Salva Kiir at UNMIS, block of referendum and UDI not shown
times under the acronym UDI, hearkens to Kosovo, which unilaterally
declared independence from Serbia and was immediately recognized by
the United States, most but not all European Union countries, and now
some 69 of the UN's 192 member states.
thrown, an International Court of Justice case is pending, the UN is
the diplomat continued, it would be much worse. “Total war,” he
called it. Are the UN and member states, the Guarantors referred to
in a study
out today, prepared or preparing for that?
put the question in writing to the US Mission to the UN on July 13,
nearly positive it would not be answered. Earlier this month, when
Inner City Press asked the US Mission why Scott
Gration had not
attended a meeting including his Russian, Chinese and EU counterparts
in Darfur on July 4, the Mission declined to answer, referring the
question to Gration's staffer Marie Nelson, who after three telephone
requests also did not answer.
offered this answer: Sudan is “so important to the US that
the US refuses to work with, through or under the UN.” If true, and
pending answers from the Obama administration's State Department,
what would this mean for the short and long term future of South
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El Fasher Summit, US Won't Explain, UN Won't
-- Why did the U.S. envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration,
not attend last weekend's El Fasher summit on Darfur including
Gration's Chinese, Russian and EU counterparts? Inner City Press has
asked the U.S. Mission to the UN, including Ambassador Susan Rice as
she walked into the Security Council. But the question has not been
Rice aide told
Inner City Press to ask Gration's spokesperson, Marie Nelson, that
she would be waiting for the call. But despite three calls to Ms.
Nelson, including a request for answer by voice mail or e-mail, no
answer has been received. Nor did a re-request to the U.S. Mission
get any answer, except the vague statement that Gration's reason is
simpler than it was assumed Inner City Press would speculate.
linked Gration's non attendance to his disagreements
with the UN's Ibrahim Gambari. It is not that at this point Gration
appears any more committed to justice in Darfur than is Mr. Gambari.
It's a turf war, pure and simple.
July 7, Inner
City Press told and asked the UN Mission to the UN:
before and after the noon briefing (where I asked
some other Sudan questions, including about crackdowns on free press
and the youth group Girifna). I'm sending you the "Final
Communiqué from JSR Retreat for the Special Envoys to the Sudan"
and an article speculating about Gration's absence. They say Gration
had agreed to the time and place - true? I'd like an on the record
explanation of Gration's non attendance, etc.
of this writing, nothing. Watch this site.
Envoys in El Fasher, Gration not shown, explanation not given
briefing, Inner City Press asked
this meeting that you gave a readout of, of Mr.
Gambari, you said that various Member States went, but many people
picked up on the fact that Scott Gration of the US, neither the UK
nor French envoys went. Essentially it was Russian, Chinese envoys;
you can give me, if there is a longer list, give it to me. Did Mr.
Gambari invite the Western envoys on the Darfur issue, and what does
the UN make of their failure to attend and participate?
first off, the full text of the communiqué
is available in the Spokesperson’s office. So, you can get a clear
view of the parties and the discussions there. It’s, I think, a
two-page readout. I don’t know the reasons for attendance or
non-attendance of some of these.
7 Inner City Press asked:
newspapers have been closed in Khartoum, and youth,
with this Girifna, have been arrested by the Government, all for
purportedly supporting separation or the referendum for the south to
break away. Does the UN, I heard your statement of Mr. Bassolé,
what does either Mr. [Haile] Menkerios or the UN say about the
north-south issue? And it’s related to that or not related to
that, are reports that recent killings in Abyei are intended to drive
the Dinka people out so that the vote would go Khartoum’s way. Is
there any, what’s the UN doing on the north-south front rather than
the Darfur front?
certainly the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is
working very clearly with all the parties trying to ensure calm on
the north-south front. I don’t have anything in particular to say
about the situation in Abyei right now. As for the crackdown on the
press, these allegations we’ll check first and foremost with our
Human Rights and UNESCO [United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization] colleagues whether they have anything to say
too. Watch this site.
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Paying Pro-Bashir Rebel UNaddressed in
When Ban Ki-moon was named UN Secretary General
by, in essence, the United States and China, he declared Darfur one
of his top priorities. What has happened since?
the Justice and Equality Movement is out of the
"final" peace process in Doha. It has been replaced by a
formation led by former UN staff member Al Tijani Al Sissi Ateem, who
drew UN pay while a self proclaimed pro government rebel leader.
the double dipping or double service asked Mr. Ban if
this did not violate UN rules and undermine the UN's credibility or
at least impartiality. I'm not sure what you mean, Mr. Ban replied.
June 14, Ban's
two envoys to Sudan, Ibrahim Gambari and Haile Menkerios, came to
brief the Security Council. Ban had sent both to attend the
celebratory inauguration of Omar al Bashir, indicted for war crimes
by the International Criminal Court. Asked if this didn't promote
impunity, Ban said that their attendance was somehow necessary for
them to carry out their work.
joint UN - African Union negotiator Djibril Bassole, who
recruited Al Tijani Al Sissi Ateem from his post at the UN Economic
Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa to come as a sudden rebel leader
to Doha, all the while paid by the UN.
UN in Darfur, in the weed, payments to Astro-Turf
rebel not shown
The UN has referred all
questions about this to ECA in Addis Ababa, which claims not to have
known of his service of Bassole in Doha. The UN has refused to say
who speaks for Bassole.
June 14. A Council member's spokesperson said what's expected
from the meeting are mere "elements to the press" -- less
than a Presidential Statement, not even a formal press statement. To
this has Darfur fallen in today's UN.
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