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At UN, Haiti's Moises Called on UN's Guterres To Pay For Cholera, ICP Asks for Update

By Matthew Russell Lee, Photos, Periscope

UNITED NATIONS, September 21 – When Haiti's President Moises spoke in the UN General Assembly on the morning of September 21, he called for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to follow through on his statements and provide funding for both tracks of the so-called New Approach to the cholera the UN brought to the island: that is, to pay reparations. Inner City Press, which accompanied and covered the Security Council's trip to Haiti this year, has repeatedly asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric to make the envoy UN envoy on the issue, Josette Sheeran, available for questions. It has not happened. So on September 21, Inner City Press asked Dujarric, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: the General Assembly, the President of Haiti, Mr. [Jovenel] Moise, said in his speech… devoted a quite a bit of it to the UN following through on what the Secretary-General announced about the new approach, and he named specifically the two tracks and said the money should begin to come. I wanted to know, can you give any update on money that actually has been devoted thus far?  And, number two, has Josette Sheeran been operating during this General Assembly week to try to… Spokesman:  Yes, very much so.  I mean, she’s been having… I know she’s been having meetings.  She, I think, will participate in the meeting of the Secretary-General with the Haitian leader.  I don’t think I have an updated figure for you on the money.  What is clear is that the money… we’re continually trying to raise money, but already the country team has spent quite a lot of… and deployed quite a lot of resources on the issue, even before this new approach has been announced. Inner City Press: Could she do some sort of a press availability? Spokesman:  I think she’ll probably do some sort of a press availability in the weeks ahead. We'll have more on this - and on this: back on September 19, French President Emmanuel Macron's UN press conference was set for 1 pm, the same time as the heads of state luncheon the Press was covering. But it must have started late, because when Inner City Press after coverage ran in, Macron was still holding forth, without a word on Africa. He began to take questions, from AFP and ultimately a French media which criticized him for speaking with CNN. Still not a word on Africa, on which France jealously "holds the pen" in the Security Council. Inner City Press shouted out, once and then twice, "Burundi?"  But nothing, rien. Inner City Press has asked the UN repeatedly about Cameroon and France's Paul Biya, and Togo and Gabon. But Macron was presenting himself as a player on Syria and Iraq, even North Korea. Rocket Boy, one might say. And then it was over. The day before, when Italy's Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano took media questions at the UN on September 18, they were all in Italian except for a final chosen question about Donald Trump. Inner City Press insisted and asked, in English, if Italy funds militia in Libya to detain migrants and refugees. Alfano's answer was in Italian, but a handler from the Italian Mission offered a translation: that Italy has denied it. So what due diligence does Italy do, over the funds it gives to the UN-propped up government in Libya? We'll have more on this. Alamy photos here. When US President Donald Trump gave his UN reform speech on September 18, he noted that UN staff have doubled since 2000, but we haven't seen the results. He could have said more: what HAS been seen includes inaction on mass killings in Sri Lanka and Yemen, Myanmar and Cameroon. Not mentioned in Secretary General Antonio Guterres' speech, nor in his answers the two times Inner City Press has asked him, is the UN bribery guilty verdicts in the case of Ng Lap Seng / John Ashe. The UN was shown, only this summer, to be for sale. And nothing has changed. As UN General Assembly week started up on Sunday, the US announced that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at 9 pm, at Russia's Mission to the UN. Inner City Press after asking Cote d'Ivoire president Alassane Ouattara a question about Myanmar - without answer - biked up to that Mission on 67th Street. There in the half light were dozens of reporters and photographers, waiting for Tillerson to leave. In the street were US body guards with machine guns. Tillerson emerged and said nothing, driving away. Video here. Most of the Western wire service correspondents, one a photographer who'd been at the UN photo op with Ouattara but not the stakeout with Ivorian media, turned and left. Then the spokesman for Lavrov, and before him for now deceased Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, emerged and briefed in Russia. Inner City Press was informed second hard that she said the topics had been Syria, Ukraine and Minsk implementation, and “North Africa.” Later the US State Department said, “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met this evening in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The two recommitted to deconflicting military operations in Syria, reducing the violence, and creating the conditions for the Geneva process to move forward, pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.” So what about North Africa? Peacekeepers in Ukraine? Watch this site.


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