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UN PGA Bozkir Outed As Bigot By Inner City Press Bemoans Budget Failure Guterres Away

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon
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UN GATE, Dec 29 – In the United Nations, a list of speakers for the UN General Assembly week Sept 22-29 was released, photo here.

  On September 14, the day before Volkan Bozkir took over as President of the General Assembly, Inner City Press wrote to his spokesperson Brenden Varma asking who pays Bozkir's staff. Varma blocked Inner City Press on Twitter.

 Now on December 29 about the UN budget process, which Inner City Press was covering in person when UNSG Antonio Guterres had it roughed up and banned since, Bozkir says this: "l would like to express my concern and disappointment that the United Nations’ budget and plan for 2021 have still not been adopted. We are facing an unprecedented situation, in which we are still continuing discussions that have traditionally been finalised before Christmas.... My office and I, with the Chair of the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee, Ambassador Carlos Amorin, held extensive consultations with Member States and encouraged them to make every effort to overcome disagreements or disputes and strive for consensus in order to reach a conclusion. Even though these are the last two days of 2020, we are still unable to achieve a final decision.      If Member States fail to reach an agreement, the consequences on the work of the United Nations will be dire." Not as dire as a bigot and a censor running the UN. Free press or ship out.

   Still, look who has funded Bozkir's office (which still hides who gets this and other money) - his Turkey, a two dip from briber China, a bit from Austria, and totally inappropriately during a heated up war, Azerbaijan, for $100,000 - and now $150,000 from Kuwait:

October 2020      State of Kuwait General administrative, logistical and management support  USD 150,000

October 2020      Republic of  Azerbaijan       USD 100,000 September 2020     

Austria  USD 11,862 (estimated exchange)

September 2020      The People’s Republic of China       USD 200,000

The People’s Republic of China USD 100,000

August 2020     Turkey      USD 600,000

  Did Bozkir hit up Armenia? Varma won't answer, blocks Press. But he threw Guterres under the bus on November 9, saying Bozkir only delayed confirming Biden until Guterres agreed to - Bozkir has his own Turkish money, Guterres is still working for bribes. Watch this site.

 On October 23 Varma went public with a failure by Bozkir: he couldn't even get a meeting with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. He asked, two weeks ago, and was turned down.

  While the zombies the UN lets in to ask question didn't make the connection, back in May 2020 Inner City Press exclusively reported that "Volkan Bozkir is best known for saying, after "drag queen" Conchita Wurst's Eurovision win, "Thank God we no longer participate in Eurovision."

Bozkir the Bigot has now brought the UN into further disrepute. And that's saying something.

  It is time for the UN to leave New York. Also, it is time for Bozkir to step down. He is not representing, and cannot represent, the UNGA. Video here.

  Now while refusing all of Inner City Press' written questions about it while entertaining Al Jazeera's questions, it emerges that Bozkir took $500,000 from Qatar - for what? - and still refuses to disclose who works for him, much less who pays them. Interim profiles here (Toni-Shae Freckleton, and Inga Kanchaveli) and here (Nehali Anupriya - nepotism). Inner City Press should be immediately admitted for UNGA 2020 and electronic briefings.

   Ghoulishly, while blocking Inner City Press and refusing its question about PGA Office transparency, Varma bragged that the Office's 33 staff come from 30 countries - but the link was blocked to Inner City Press' IP address. Still, for now we have this (Turkey-heavy) list, and the "Ethics" page still doesn't say who pays them. They should be ashamed and we'll have more on this, and these: "Tegan Brink, Chef de Cabinet, SENIOR CABINET Farrukh Khan, Deputy Chef de Cabinet; Oncu Keceli [Turkish], Deputy Chef de Cabinet; Ceren Ozgur Senior Political Adviser [Turkish dipomat]; Alexandre Stutzmann, Special Adviser, UN 75 Strategy & Implementation

ADMINISTRATION Faisal Ibrahim, Special Adviser to the Chef de Cabinet & Head of Administration; Keithlin Caroo, Personal Assistant to the President of the General Assembly; Evelyn Ojwang, Executive Assistant to the Chef de Cabinet; Meriem Heddache, Administrative Assistant

COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA Brenden Varma, Director of Communications & Spokesperson [censor]; Orla Murphy, Speechwriter; Amy Quantrill, Deputy Spokesperson & Lead Speechwriter [paid for by UK?]; Carl Mercer, Communications Adviser & Speechwriter; Denise Kling, Communications Adviser; Nevena Toaso, UN75 Communications & Events

PEACE AND SECURITY Saada Hassan, Team Leader; Woo-jung Han, Senior Adviser; Hanizah Mohd Izzuddin, Adviser; Muhammed Enes Uslu, Adviser

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Toni-Shae Freckleton, Team Leader; LIU Shaoxuan, Adviser; Mohammed Shaker, Adviser; Sara Al Ahmed, Adviser; Nehali Anupriya, Adviser

HUMAN RIGHTS [ha] & HUMANITARIAN Hila Wesa, Team Leader; Gail Farngalo, Senior Adviser and Gender Equality Lead; Igor Bondiuk Adviser' Anna Fritzsche Adviser

REFORM [ha], LEGAL AND BUDGET Fernando Marani, Team Leader & Chief Legal Adviser [that's a laugh - open censorship]; Peter Stone Senior Adviser; Inga Kanchaveli Senior Adviser; Ahmad Almaududy Amri Adviser; Youssef El Mezouaghi Adviser."

Watch this site.

 Most resident correspondents write nothing, or only propaganda. And who will decide on these "very limited non-resident" [sic] who will be allowed in? Varma called on three separate Turkish media... This is the beginning of a series. Thread here.

 In the first morning there are China and Russia, Qatar, Morocco and Iran. Cameroon's Paul Biya  is on Friday September 24. Watch this site.


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