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This text comes from intercitypress, a blog specialized in everything concerning the United Nations.
Thanks to our reader Anonymous CAM.
As UN Authorized Bombs Drop on Libya, UN Silent on Who Notified Ban
By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, March 19 -- As more than 100 missiles rained down on Libya on March 19, it was a surprisingly quiet Saturday in and around the UN in New York, where theair strikes were authorized on March 17.
In front of the Libyan Mission on 48th Street there was a single police officer. There were two guards in front of the US Mission, and the UN Spokesperson's office was closed, not answering e-mail questions from the Press.
This is surprising given the role give to the UN andSecretary General Ban Ki-moon in Security Council resolution 1973, adopted on March 17 with ten votes in favor, five abstentions.
Countries are only authorized to “take all necessary measures” including Cruise missiles “to protect civilians” if they have “notified the Secretary General,” under theresolution's Operative Paragraph 4. The same is true, with the addition of notifying the Arab League, for enforcing the no fly zone or flight ban under Paragraph 8.
So one would expect the Secretary General or his Spokesperson's Office to be able to answer questions, including about which countries have provided notifications. But Ban's Spokesman Martin Nesirky did not answer e-mailed questions, and an early evening visit to his office found it locked shut. This Deputy Farhan Haq, his e-mail auto responder days, is out of the office until March 22.
Ban & Nesirky, answers about Libya prior notifications not shown
Inner City Press has asked
Given the language of UNSC Resolution 1973, please immediately disclose which Members States have “notified the Secretary General” under Operative Paragraph 4 before taking “all necessary measures...to protect civilians,” and under Paragraph 8 (flight ban), and all “coordinating” done by the Secretary General.
Was Mr. Al-Khatib in Paris; either way, what did he say? When will he file UN financial disclosure? Does he continue his private business including with Jordan Ahli Bank? Has the UN considered if this may present a conflict of interest?
Please state when the Secretariat last heard from Libya's Ali Treki, or from the Gaddafi government about presenting his credentials.
Treki is reported to be in Tunisia; he may seek to present his credentials to Ban as Libya's Permanent Representative to the UN. (Previously, Libya's Ibrahim Dabbashi told Inner City Press Treki was in Cairo.) If Ban accepts Treki's credentials, Shalgam can no longer be Permanent Representative, and the same would seem to apply to Dabbashi. What will Ban do?
Footnote: with so much talk about revitalizing the UN being a goal of the Obama administration and Ambassador Susan Rice, this silence at and from the UN should draw some reaction. But the US got what it wanted, the 10-0-5 vote, and has moved on, leaving a disputed narrative of its domination of the Security Council, particularly South Africa, in its wake.
But now the African Union, which did not attend the Paris summit, is calling for a a stop to the “assault ON Libya.” More diplomacy needed? Watch this site.
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