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UN Mute on Sudan, Syria and Sri Lanka, with UNSC to Meet, UPR to Come

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 31 -- On issues the UN purports to care about, it has gone silent even now with Hurricane Sandy gone and other institutions in New York, like the stock market, open again.

  On Wednesday morning Inner City Press posed questions to the four top spokespeople for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who has been been in South Korea collecting the Seoul Peace Prize. Inner City Press asked about Sudan, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and again Myanmar.

  Before Hurricane Sandy arrived, Ban's spokesperson told Inner City Press the UN has nothing to say about Myanmar beyond its October 25 statement, and that if and when it had something to say, on that and Syria, it would be announced. Little to nothing has followed.

  And so after the New York Stock Market opened Wednesday morning, Inner City Press asked the four:

if the Secretariat / SG or Mr. Nambiar have any role in or response to ASEAN's call for tripartite talks among the UN, ASEAN and Myanmar about the violence against the Rohingyas (and any comment on Myanmar's seeming rejection of such talks, or the violence in the past four days).

Also, any UN position on Bahrain's prohibitions on peaceful protest?

Any information or statement on the reported resumed bombings in Southern Kordofan?

On the eve of the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka, is the Obaid / Petrie report finished? What (three?) other people worked on it? Has anyone in the Secretariat or the SG seen it? Will it be released? When?

  Hours later, even as the UN Security Council prepared to meet about Somalia and "Women, Peace and Security," the UN hadn't managed any response. In fact, it has left it to Security Council missions like the UK and US (which announced it had re-opened) to announce the Security Council meeting.

  A supposed improvement to UN Television webcast has made it so it is not viewable, at least on Android phones (unlike, for example, the UK House of Commons). And this freeze-out was before Sandy. Will it be fixed?

  While snarky, when the UN Library tweeted that its collection might be damaged, one wag wondered if that's where they stored the cable from Kigali predicting the Rwanda genocide. Watch this site.

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