Skip to comments.New Tempests Over Burma as U.N. Aid Rolls In
Posted on 06/09/2010 5:41:16 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
The United Nations, which is quietly planning a major aid program to North Korea despite U.N. sanctions against the regime, also intends to ship hundreds of millions of dollars to Burma, another brutal Asian dictatorship, despite allegations that the country also known as Myanmar is trying to acquire nuclear weapons technology.
The Burmese bomb-making program was allegedly developed with help from nearby North Korea whose own nuclear weapons program became enmeshed in scandals involving U.N. aid programs.
Just three years ago, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) closed its offices in North Korea amid allegations later confirmed by an "independent investigative review panel" that it had handed over hard currency and sensitive equipment to the bellicose Kim Jong Il regime while it was successfully circumventing international sanctions sparked by its own nuclear weapons program.
Hundreds of millions of dollars of other U.N. program aid also hangs in the balance in Burma and the issue of monitoring what the government does with the money has been very much at issue in the immediate past.
Case in point: some $320 million in aid from the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis (GFAMT), a public-private venture based in Switzerland that gets funding from Bill and Melinda Gates and from a variety of governments including the U.S.,
A lot has happened in Burma since the Global Fund last cut off its medical grants in 2005, including Cyclone Nargis, the horrific typhoon that devastated the country in 2008 and left at least 138,000 dead.
In response to that disaster, the world sent hundreds of millions in aid to the stricken country via the U.N. and other institutions, without much thought for what other uses the regime might have for the money.
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