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As Guterres In Lisbon Ruined Paris Christmas For DG Azoulay UNESCO 2d Term On Rocks

By Matthew Russell Lee & sources, Exclusive

UN GATE, Dec 27 – UNESCO, like the whole UN system under Antonio Guterres is ending a damaging year even more rotten by corruption and illicit political maneuverings.

UNESCO has seen a lot of corruption and abuse of power over the last three years. Still, the lack of respect for its governing bodies and for its Constitution by the Azoulay administration has reached in 2020 unprecedented levels. 

A month ago, Inner City Press wrote about the DG Audrey Azoulay and her yes-men Nicolas Kassianides and Firmin Matoko meetings with representatives of members states to the executive board in order to secure their support for her reelection during the 210th board session (here).

    Following the exposure by Inner City Press, a number of those ambassadors who had committed to speak out publicly in her favor, preferred to retract. Azoulay ended with only 24 board members supporting her second term, which proved insufficient for recommending her to the general conference for a second term “by acclamation”, as the result was far behind the expected majority of 30 favorable voices. The Spanish Ambassador, Juan Andrés PERELLÓ RODRÍGUEZ had to be reminded that that respecting democratic prerequisites is a must, even at corrupted UNESCO. Mr Ambassador of Spain made a memorable speech declaring that in the case of the French Azoulay, reelection must be awarded, and that it is “time to do beyond initiating electoral processes”.

What the Ambassador was saying shamelessly to his fellow ambassadors is that it is appropriate to close their eyes to the Constitution of UNESCO in order to please the French. Was his speech approved by his capital in advance remains unclear despite our efforts to get a response from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain.

The government in Madrid is defending the opposite standpoint when it is about the "unavoidable requirement for democratic processes", in the case of Venezuela or Belarus for instance.

As emphasized by one Cabinet member : “When you know that this Spanish guy was running for the position of President of the General Conference, the most prestigious political post at UNESCO, it is a miracle that he did not get it. Obviously, the Ambassador of Turkey, who won it last year against him, is assuming his duties with far more dignity and full respect for the Constitution”.  Despite all the political pressure and false promises, despite the complacent anti-constitutional statements by Spain, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria, Morocco, Ethiopia, Jordan and Tunisia, the secret plan to barter the reelection of Azoulay poorly failed and the clique came to nothing in its stratagem to abolish the constitutional provisions.

Still, as the French DG appears scared to death by the option of a fair competition in the forthcoming reelection process, all steps will be taken by the French so as to dissuade a potential candidacy from another country in 2021.  

 The ire of the French is currently directed against the Chair of the executive board Agapito Mba Mokuy, who showed unusual difficulties in managing the 210th board session. Since then, closed-door discussions are underway among EU ambassadors to remove him from the chairmanship position although there is no provision for such impeachment in the rules of procedure of the executive board.

 This is where UNESCO stands today at the end of 2020. A rotten UN agency, propitious to corruption, anti-constitutional political moves, sexual performances-based promotions by the Director of Cabinet Kassianides himself, abuse of power and nepotism. We will have more on that next year.


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