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On Western Sahara, Inner City Press Asks UN About Morocco King's Speech, UN Wants Bolduc & Ross In

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 7 -- On Western Sahara while UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric still refuses to comment on the leaked cable showing UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous undermining the MINURSO mission on human rights, on November 7 Inner City Press asked Dujarric about Morocco's King's speech. Video here.

Inner City Press asked Dujarric about these quotes of King Mohammed VI: "Morocco’s sovereignty over its entire territory is effective, inalienable and non-negotiable... 'No' to any attempt to reconsider the principles and criteria of the negotiation process, or any attempt to revise and expand the MINURSO mandate to include such matters as the supervision of the human rights situation." While Ladsous' views in the cable support or even parrot this last, against a UN role in human rights despite Ban Ki-moon's supposed "Rights Up Front" plan, Dujarric on November 7 had a prepared "If-Asked" about the speech, and read:

"We’ve seen the speech. We remain committed to our work as per the mandate of the Security Council on Western Sahara and in that respect one looks forward to the speedy resumption of the negotiation process and the facilitation of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary General, Christopher Ross, as well as the deployment of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Western Sahara, Kim Bolduc, who’s also the head of the MINURSO mission there. As you know, both Mr. Ross and Ms Bolduc briefed the Council on October 27 and afterwards the Council reiterated its desire to see Mr. Ross’s facilitation resume, as well as to see Ms. Bolduc take a her duties at the helm of MINURSO as soon as possible. We look forward to Mr. Ross’s visits to the region, as well as to the deployment of Ms. Bolduc." Other leaked cables discuss Ms Bolduc, and Mr Ross -- we'll have more on these. Inner City Press asked Dujarric to provide by e-mail the "if-asked" text that he read; Dujarric refused, despite the fact that his Office routinely provides this service to other, presumably more friendly, correspondents. We'll have more on this as well.

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