Thursday, June 28, 2012

UN Banned Its Own Eritrea Report, Now ICP Publishes It, By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusiv

UN Banned Its Own Eritrea Report, Now ICP Publishes It

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive
UNITED NATIONS, June 27 -- The day after Inner City Press

 noted, reported and asked the UN about the removal from the Internet of the "Report of the Secretary General on Eritrea," S/2012/412, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky confirmed that Ban's Secretariat was responsible for taking the report down.
We are publishing the June 8 report which "the Secretariat" has confirmed will not be put online again.
Inner City Press asked who it was in the Secretariat that prepared the report, that "the Secretariat" took down, and asked for confirmation that countries such as Ethiopia and the United States complained about the report. Nesirky would not answer either question, except to say that when the report was looked at "again," it was concluded that it was "not an adequate response" to Resolution 2023.
As Inner City Press exclusively reported on June 15, there were rumblings that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would change his 44-paragraph Eritrea report, like
"the two versions of the last report on Western Sahara were watered down to drop allegations against Morocco of limiting freedom of movement of the peacekeepers...

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