With UN's Ruecker Private in Pristina, Angela Kane Is Said to
Pull Ahead, Is Ripert Ripe for DPKO Post?
Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
April 26 -- The reclusive Joachim Ruecker, the chief UN envoy in Kosovo
avoided speaking with the press before or after appearing before the
Council on April 21, has now provided five responses to questions
through his personal web site. The responses come through UNMIK
Alexander Ivanko, and four of the five are in essence "no comment."
Asked why he declined to follow BAN Ki-moon's urging that UN
made at least some public financial disclosure, but instead checked a
saying I decline to disclose, Ruecker has responded, "I went with one
available option and have no further comment."
UN Ethics Office chief Robert Benson has explained the "I
not to disclose" option in terms of UN officials from countries whose
government's might misuse their citizens' disclosures. But Ruecker is
Germany. While Germany recently paid an informant for a CD-ROM listing
citizens with bank accounts in Liechtenstein, this does not appear to
type of governmental misuse of disclosure to which Mr. Benson referred.
Another UN official who declined to disclose, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, explained on March 26
that his decision was made in light of a pending divorce case. At least
Ruecker, when asked
to "please confirm or deny that you are seeking and/or are under
consideration for a post at UN headquarters," responded that "this is
a question you should ask UNHQ." While it would be for the UN's HQ to
if Mr. Ruecker is (still) under consideration, the question of whether
(still) seeking a high headquarters post is for him to answer, it seems.
Inquiries within UN HQ indicate that
while the Under Secretary General for Management post at issue is still
for a German, it is now another German, Angela Kane, who would move
and up from her current post as Assistant Secretary General in the
of Political Affairs. In this way, Germany would move up a slot, from
USG, but there would not be a new high post for Germany, to go along
Steiner at UNEP and others. But inquiring minds want to know: why is
ASG Kane not named on BAN's list of
Ruecker in red tie, climb Pristina stairs, financial disclosure not
The one question to which Ruecker
provided an unequivocal answer concerned his time as German consul in
of which he said "I very much enjoyed my work in the US."
Asked about "reports that
either Mr. Rossin or Mr. Gallucci will leave UNMIK," Ruecker has
that "the so-called Gallucci issue is an internal UN matter and, as you
we do not comment on internal matters." The departure of Rossin
to be strongly rumored. On April 24, Inner City Press asked UN
chief Jean-Marie Guehenno about the UN's investigation into UNMIK's
re-taking the courthouse in Mitrovica on March 17, and whether the
finished. Not yet, Guehenno said, adding that he will be traveling to
soon. Video here.
Of Rossin's predecessor Steven
Schook, Inner City Press asked "were you aware of any irregularities by
Mr. Schook during his tenure under you at UNMIK?"
"Mr. Schook was a loyal Principal Deputy who I
have a lot of respect for. I
understand that he was being investigated by OIOS but I am not aware of
concrete charges." Beyond irregularities
in privatization, the matters being
explored involve Schook having breached the rules of the UN' witness
Istrefi, we note, recently
sang in the New York area...
Footnote: Of Jean-Marie Guehenno's French successor at
DPKO, reports are growing that current French Permanent Representative
Jean-Maurice Ripert may be the man. Ripert's reported rift with
adviser Jean-David Levitte, however, may present a problem. Alongside the UN's muted response to the
downing of a Georgian drone over Abkhazia -- about which Inner City
asked Guehenno, video here -- UMOMIG's Jean Arnault is still said to be
in the running.
In a final French
footnote, sources tell Inner City Press that Bernard Kouchner is once
gunning for a UN system post, this time that of High Commissioner for
Rights as Louise Arbour leaves it. Watch this site.
* * *
These reports are
usually also available through Google
News and on Lexis-Nexis.
here for a Reuters
AlertNet piece by this correspondent
about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click
for an earlier Reuters AlertNet piece about the Somali National
Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an
undefined trust fund. Video
UN Office: S-453A, UN, NY 10017 USA
Reporter's mobile (and weekends):
earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available
in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.
2006-08 Inner City Press, Inc. To request
reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]