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Posted on on August 9th, 2007
by Pincas Jawetz (

Mr. Ban Ki-moon is spending quite a while in Barbados, meeting with the local Officials who had to interrupt their own vacations, with CARICOM, the general Caribbean organization, with Mr. Tony Blair, now the Special Envoy to the Middle East, Dealing with Sudan without being at the UN General Assembly in New York – Darfur an arid and impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank, where since 2003, more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others have been displaced – and the UN achieved very little in four years since. Further, Mr. Ban Ki-moon reacted from Barbados to the announced meeting between the Presidents of North and South Korea, this without the physical pressure of the presence of the Heads of Mission from the major powers … not bad at all for Bridgeport, Barbados.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon is spending in Barbados an unspecified number of days after a two day visit with the UN troops in Haiti. He might travel back to New York tonight.

Also, Inner City Press has heard that:   “while the UN is trying hard to hold confidential the communications between the Secretariat and the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), there’s been talk, including in the Staff Union’s August 7 meeting, of a $130 million request by the Secretariat for a new UN Headquarters in Iraq, a request of which the ACABQ is said to be critical.” Will the UN Secretary General be involved in the decision making process on this issue?

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