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  • Serbia is demanding the investigation of a top Danish diplomat to Kosova

    12/27/2010 4:40:14 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 35 replies · 3+ views
    Politiken ^ | 27. dec 2010 KL. 10.24
    Serbia has asked the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to open an investigation into a top Danish diplomat Søren Jessen-Petersen, claiming that UNMIK covered up a report on the trade in human organs, according to the newspaper Blic. Jessen-Petersen headed the United Nations UNMIK operation in Kosova from 2004 to 2006. According to the report UNMIK representatives denied having seen a report on the subject, but Serbian authorities have now questioned the claim. “In 2008, our prosecutors came into possession of 16 pages from this report,” says Serbian Minister for Cooperation with the ICTY Rasim Ljajic,...
  • `Two-faced’ UN criticised for being ‘utterly hypocritical’ over Fiji

    04/22/2009 5:42:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 197+ views
    ANI ^ | April 22, 2009
    New York, Apr.22 (ANI): The United Nations has been lambasted as “utterly hypocritical” for continuing to employ Fiji’s soldiers and hand money to the country’s power-hungry military regime. New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully has joined a host of regional commentators in challenging the international organisation’s role in giving work to Fiji’s powerful military. The military, led by army chief Frank Bainimarama, has ruled Fiji since overthrowing a democratic government in a December 2006 coup, despite widespread and growing condemnation from regional and world leaders. Much of the government’s income comes from UN peacekeeping assignments. The UN Security Council this...
  • French soldier kills four in Chad shooting spree

    04/07/2009 9:17:35 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 7 replies · 861+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 8, 2009 | anon
    NDJAMENA (AFP) - European peacekeepers were hunting for a "deranged" French Foreign Legion officer who fled after going on a shooting spree in Chad, killing two comrades, a Togolese UN soldier and a farmer. The shootings began Tuesday at Camp des Etoiles, the main base of the European peacekeepers near the airport in the eastern town of Abeche near the Sudan border, a French military official said. "Gunshots were heard in the (military) camp and then the two legionnaires were found and then a little further away the body of the Togolese soldier was discovered," said Captain Christophe Prazuck. The...
  • Kosovo Albanians see UN as impeding independence: UN

    03/19/2009 4:42:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 214+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 19, 2009 | Louis Charbonneau
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Many Kosovo Albanians view the U.N. presence as an obstacle to independence a year after they seceded from Serbia, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report released on Thursday. "There is a perception among many Kosovo Albanians that the mission's tasks have been accomplished and its continued presence is an unwelcome obstacle to the desire for Kosovo to function as a sovereign state," Ban said in his latest report to the U.N. Security Council on U.N. activities in Kosovo. "The Kosovo authorities, who have been under significant pressure from opposition parties, have repeatedly stated...
  • U.N. takes over Chad force amid growing Darfur fears

    03/15/2009 1:13:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 211+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 15, 2009 | Moumine Ngarmbassa
    The United Nations took over command of an EU protection force in eastern Chad on Sunday, and there were growing fears of more rebel violence and the possible arrival of tens of thousands more refugees from Sudan's Darfur. The European Union formally handed over command to the U.N. mission in Chad and Central African Republic (MINURCAT) at a ceremony in Chad's eastern city of Abeche on Sunday morning after Eufor's year-long mandate expired at midnight. The handover, which sees around 5,000 U.N.-commanded troops replace an EU force of close to 3,500, takes place at a time of heightened tension after...
  • U.N. Chokes in the Face of Congo Atrocities

    11/22/2008 11:55:31 AM PST · by AJKauf · 15 replies · 470+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 22 | Bridget Johnson
    Why are "peacekeepers" doing nothing as Rwanda II threatens to unfold? As America and Europe were in the clutches of eleventh-hour Obamania, a tragedy was unfolding in the heart of Africa: Up to 250,000 Congolese had been driven from their homes in the latest fighting that still threatens to engulf more African nations, driven into fetid refugee camps that supposedly offer U.N. peacekeeper protections from the carnage. On Halloween, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked the U.N. Security Council president to consider sending peacekeeping reinforcements to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Security Council didn’t take it up until this...
  • Israel Decries U.N. Troops After Peacekeepers Salute Dead Hezbollah Terrorists (UNBELIEVABLE)

    07/19/2008 10:49:04 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies · 52+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/19/2008 | Joseph Abrams
    Israel is calling for removal of two United Nations soldiers from Lebanon after photographs surfaced of the soldiers saluting the coffins of Hezbollah terrorists during a prisoner exchange Wednesday. Associated Press photographer Mohammed Zaatari captured an image of the troops paying homage to fallen Hezbollah fighters as trucks bearing their coffins drove through the city of Tyre in southern Lebanon. The blue-helmet U.N. troops, who operate under the auspices of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), are meant disarm Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and be an impartial buffer along the country’s border with Israel. Israel’s ambassador to the United...
  • More UN Malfeasance in the Congo!

    04/27/2008 8:53:49 PM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 2 replies · 72+ views
    Various Via BrettWintebrle.Com ^ | 04/25/08 | Brett Winterble
    The UN again commits human rights violations in the Congo; and ignores Zimbabwean atrocities. Every once in a while a story crosses the wires that just has to stir outrage. The latest comes from the United Nations and their peacekeeping mission in the Congo. The Congo as you know is a nation rife with violence. So the United Nations sends in peacekeepers from India and Pakistan. Guess what happens next? If you guessed the looting of the nation and the arming of one force against another, you’d be right.
  • Israel: UNIFIL hiding info about Hezbollah from Security Council

    04/28/2008 5:35:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 47+ views
    IMRA/Ha'aertz ^ | 4-28-08
    Israel: UNIFIL hiding info about Hezbollah from Security Council By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent Last update - 08:16 28/04/2008 www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/978382.html The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is intentionally concealing information about Hezbollah activities south of the Litani River in Lebanon to avoid conflict with the group, senior sources in Jerusalem have said. In the last six months there have been at least four cases in which UNIFIL soldiers identified armed Hezbollah operatives, but did nothing and did not submit full reports on the incidents to the UN Security Council. The Israel Defense Forces and the Foreign Ministry are...
  • UN Forces Backed Down From Hizbullah Gun Bust

    04/22/2008 9:21:38 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 17 replies · 32+ views
    (IsraelNN.com) Hizbullah terrorists scared off UNIFIL armed forces last month after the armed international soldiers found a truck carrying arms and ammunition for the group. According to Haaretz, which quotes an unnamed "source in Jerusalem," the UNIFIL troops were on patrol and pulled the truck over. When they approached the vehicle, armed Hizbullah terrorists exited and threatened them at gunpoint. The UNIFIL troops returned to their cars and went back to their base. The March 31 incident, which undercuts confidence in the ability of international troops to prevent the activities of the terrorist group in the region, was kept secret...
  • Food Riots Turn Deadly In Haiti

    04/05/2008 11:07:59 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 276+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-5-2008
    Food riots turn deadly in Haiti At least four people were killed and 20 wounded when demonstrations against rising food prices turned into riots in southern Haiti, officials say. Reports say scores of people went on the rampage in the town of Les Cayes, blocking roads, looting shops and shooting at UN peacekeepers. The UN said its personnel had opened fire at some of the armed protesters. For two days running, parts of Haiti have been erupting into violence triggered by the soaring cost of food. The prices of rice, beans and fruit have gone up by 50% in the...
  • Ukraine: Bad UN rules of engagement in Kosovo killed Ukrainian cop

    Kiev - A senior official in Kiev blamed poor rules of engagement given United Nations peacekeepers for the death of a Ukrainian policemen in Kosovo, the Interfax news agency reported Thursday. Yury Lutsenko, Ukraine's Interior Minister, said strict UN rules forbidding international force members to use their weapons in almost all circumstances caused the Sunday death of police senior lieutenant Ihor Kinal. "This is absolutely unacceptable, and it will lead to further loss of Ukrainian lives," Lutsenko said. "This policy (of making it impossible for Ukrainian service personnel to defend themselves) cannot be allowed to continue. Kinal died in the...
  • UNMIK administrator in controversial resignation (US Diplomat in Kosovo)

    03/19/2008 6:23:12 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 7 replies · 732+ views
    B92 ^ | March 19, 2008 | Staff
    KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Regional UNMIK chief Gerard Gallucci has resigned, but the UN HQ has not accepted his resignation. The U.S. diplomat in charge of the UN operations in Kosovska Mitrovica was asked to withdraw his resignation. This is what an anonymous diplomatic source told Beta news agency tonight, adding that Gallucci was "currently on vacation, and will resume his duties once he returns". Earlier today, KIM Radio reported that Gallucci, who is currently abroad, opted for this move because of the differences he has with Priština. KIM's sources with the UN mission in the province's capital confirmed this. "Gallucci...
  • Sri Lanka to probe UN sex claims

    11/05/2007 8:39:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 93+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3 November 2007
    Sri Lanka has promised to look into allegations that 108 of its UN peacekeepers in Haiti paid for sex, in some cases with underage girls. The men are being sent home after being accused of sexual misconduct and abuse. Officials say the law will take its course once the soldiers arrive back in Sri Lanka, but warn that little tangible evidence has been produced. In the past, UN peacekeepers have been involved in a series of sex scandals, including this year in Ivory Coast. 'Zero tolerance' Sri Lanka has sent four senior officers, including a female brigadier, to Haiti to...
  • U.N. okays Rwandan general for Darfur force

    09/17/2007 10:50:13 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 59+ views
    reuters.com ^ | 18 Sep 2007 | Evelyn Leopold
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations has agreed to the appointment of a Rwandan general as deputy commander of the Darfur force, saying there was not enough evidence against him to support allegations of human rights abuses. Maj. Gen. Karenzi Karake has taken up his position in Darfur to help supervise formation of the joint African Union-U.N. force. Rwanda fields some 2,000 of the 7,000 AU troops now in Darfur. U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said Monday the appointment was on track because "there was not enough evidence for anything to change" after a number of organizations had been asked...
  • UN mulls top Darfur post for controversial Rwandan

    08/21/2007 1:05:43 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 110+ views
    Reuters ^ | 19 Aug 2007 | Evelyn Leopold
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations is seriously considering allegations of human rights violations against a Rwandan general, nominated as deputy commander for the new U.N.-African Union force in Darfur, a U.N. official said on Saturday. The African Union has approved Rwandan Maj. Gen. Karenzi Karake for the post but the United Nations has not yet confirmed it, despite pressure from Rwanda, which fields some 2,000 of the 7,000 AU troops now in Darfur. "We are aware of these allegations and we take them seriously," the U.N. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We are consulting with the...
  • UN 'resolve' on Darfur

    08/08/2007 8:14:26 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 247+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 08 2007
    It's hard to be optimistic about the UN Security Council's toothless resolution -- gee, why does that phrase ring a bell? -- to send a peacekeeping force to Darfur. Four years in the making, the resolution calls for of 26,000 international troops who will be authorized to defend themselves or to protect civilians -- but not to disarm the rebels or the deadly government-sponsored militias before they attack civilians. The resolution dutifully promises not to disrespect Sudan's sovereignty. That's an open invitation to more stonewalling from President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has long railed against Western interference in the genocidal...
  • UN troops 'traded gold for guns'

    05/22/2007 5:41:46 PM PDT · by managusta · 12 replies · 801+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 2007/05/22 | Martin Plaut
    Pakistani UN peacekeeping troops have traded in gold and sold weapons to Congolese militia groups they were meant to disarm, the BBC has learnt.(sic) These militia groups were guilty of some of the worst human rights abuses during the Democratic Republic of Congo's long civil war. The trading went on in 2005. A UN investigative team sent to gather evidence was obstructed and threatened. The team's report was buried by the UN itself to "avoid political fallout". These events took place in and around the mining town of Mongbwalu, in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The Pakistani battalion of the...
  • UN Admits Syria Arming Hizbullah, UNIFIL Takes Nights Off

    11/01/2006 11:15:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies · 566+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11-1-06
    Despite the 20,000 troops deployed in southern Lebanon, the United Nations admits that weapons smuggling from Syria continues unhindered. A German report finds UNIFIL does not patrol after dark. Hizbullah terrorists are free to roam at night without fear of being identified by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), according to a report by the German paper Der Spiegel. UNIFIL commanders were interviewed by the paper, saying their function is to "observe changes in the behavior of the local population," with Spanish UNIFIL official Richard Ortax admitting that no patrols are carried out at night “because of the...
  • Ivanov urges to step up Russia role in UN peace missions

    10/28/2006 3:25:38 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 187+ views
    itar-tass.com ^ | 27.10.2006
    MOSCOW, October 27 (Itar-Tass) - Russia holds only the 40th place by the numerical strength of the military contingents, which take part in U.N. peacekeeping operations, Deputy Prime Minister, Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said during a “government hour” meeting at the Federation Council on Friday. “In mid-90s some 2,000 Russians on the average took part annually in U.N. peacekeeping operations, while now, during the past four years, the figure was reduced to 120 men a year. As a result of it, Russia now is only the 40th on the list of 108 countries, which send their specialists for taking part...
  • Armenians protest Turkish UNIFIL role

    10/12/2006 4:35:51 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 8 replies · 400+ views
    Daily Star Lebanon ^ | 10/13/2006 | Iman Azzi
    BEIRUT: The red, orange and blue stripes of the Armenian flag fluttered beside the cedar of Lebanon Thursday as thousands of Lebanese citizens of Armenian descent protested Turkey's planned participation in the UN peacekeeping forces patrolling South Lebanon. "We, the Armenian community, are against the deployment of Turkish troops in South Lebanon, because of their history as a violent state," explained Hagop Havatian, spokesman for the ARF Tashnak Party, the youth party responsible for coordinating Thursday's demonstration. "Last week we sent letters to every member of the Lebanese Parliament asking them to reconsider this issue. We also sent a letter...
  • Italy for end to China arms embargo

    09/20/2006 8:04:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 342+ views
    ANSA ^ | September 18, 2006
    (ANSA) - Beijing, September 18 - Italy will work for a swift end to the European Union arms embargo against China, visiting Italian Premier Romano Prodi said here on Monday . The arms embargo was imposed following the violent 1989 crackdown on a pro-democracy protest in Beijing's central Tiennamen Square . "Our position is not new because for years we have considered the embargo something which had more to do with the past than with the future," Prodi said . Lifting the embargo, he observed, "will not change the situation radically because China has become self-sufficient, if not more, in...
  • Beijing strategy and Lebanon mission

    09/20/2006 7:53:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 385+ views
    asianews.it ^ | 20 September, 2006
    Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – China will contribute 1,000 men to the peacekeeping force in Lebanon. Premier Wen Jiabao announced this on 18 September during a visit of the Italian premier, Romano Prodi. Analysts believe the move is prompted by economic reasons but also by a desire to reinforce China's role in international affairs. This is the largest peace force ever dispatched by Beijing, already represented in UNIFIL by 187 soldiers. China will also give 40 million yuan (around five million US dollars) in humanitarian aid to Beirut. Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a China expert at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris,...
  • China sending 1000 soldiers to Lebanon

    09/17/2006 10:11:22 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 714+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | September 18, 2006
    ALARM - Lebanon: China will send a thousand of men PEIJING - China will send on the whole 1.000 men in Lebanon to reinforce the new mission of maintenance of the peace of the United Nations, announced to Monday Chinese the Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
  • Protecting Hezbollah--Guess which country has agreed not to disarm the terrorists?

    09/13/2006 7:05:58 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 810+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | September 13, 2006 | Elias Bejjani
    Last week's lifting of the Israeli blockade over Lebanon certainly pleased the Lebanese people who, alone, had to pay the price for the fundamentalist Hezbollah’s monopoly over the decision to launch a futile war against Israel on behalf of Iran and Syria. The Lebanese people alone will, for years to come, bear the consequences of this destructive and inane war that turned the clock back 20 years on the Land of the Cedars and forced a quarter of a million Lebanese to leave their country for greener pastures. Neither the Lebanese people nor their government had any say in the...
  • This ceasefire is UN-enforceable

    09/03/2006 12:01:20 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 411+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | September 03 2006 | THOMAS KILGANNON
    Predictable news flash: European and Mediterranean governments are dragging their feet rather than sending troops to participate in the United Nations' peacekeeping effort in Lebanon, as called for in Security Council Resolution 1701. Just how bad has it gotten? All eyes are now on Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who said he might commit up to 3,000 men to what is supposed to be a 15,000-man contingent - but only if other European nations send their fair share. That doesn't look likely. France, living up to its reputation for courage under fire, first offered an embarrassing 200 soldiers. They have...
  • Annan says Syria to enforce Hizbollah arms embargo

    09/01/2006 2:47:45 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 43 replies · 937+ views
    SABC News (Reuters) ^ | September 01, 2006,
    Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general, said today that Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, had promised to enforce an arms embargo on Hizbollah under a UN resolution that halted Israel's war with the Lebanese group. "The president informed me that Syria supports the Security Council Resolution 1701 and will help in its implementation," Annan told reporters after talks with Assad in Damascus. "While stating Syrian objections to the presence of foreign forces along the Syrian-Lebanese border, the president committed to me that Syria will take all necessary measures to implement in full paragraph 15 of the resolution," Annan added, referring to...
  • UN will not stop Syria sending weapons to Lebanon

    08/28/2006 8:49:26 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 35 replies · 1,182+ views
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | Aug. 27, 2006 | Harry De Quetteville and Michael Hirst
    The United Nations peacekeeping force to be deployed in Lebanon is facing further criticism after the admission that its forces will not even be allowed to intercept shipments of arms to Hezbollah from Syria. Speaking in Brussels before heading to the region, Kofi Annan, pictured below, the UN Secretary-General, confirmed that the 15,000-strong force will not meet Israeli demands to police the routes used by the militia to smuggle missiles from Syria. "Troops are not going in there to disarm - let's be clear," he said. Instead, the Unifil force will only carry out interception missions if asked by the...
  • The UN Shield for Terror

    08/15/2006 3:21:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 316+ views
    frontpagemagazine.com ^ | August 11, 2006 | Joseph Klein
    Israel is faced on its northern and southern borders with two Islamic-fascist terrorist organizations determined to wipe it from the face of the earth. These organizations have operated with impunity as the effective governments in the territories used to launch attacks against Israel while UN observers have stood by and done nothing. Yet the United Nations literally and figuratively shields the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations while trying to immobilize Israel when Israel finally decides to strike back. For example, the UN has facilitated resumption of the financial aid gravy train to Hamas without obtaining a single concession in return....
  • Russia says UN weakened by US support of Israel

    08/03/2006 7:25:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies · 1,002+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 02, 2006
    Russia and other UN Security Council members are unhappy Washington is blocking attempts to pressure Israel over its offensive in Lebanon, Vitaly Churkin, its ambassador to the United Nations, said. Churkin told the Izvestia newspaper in an interview published today that the US position had weakened the position of the United Nations on the crisis. "Discontent has been rising recently among Security Council member countries with the fact that the US is prepared to block any decision which would bring pressure to bear on Israel," Churkin said. "This discontent is expressed practically every day by many delegations during consultations on...
  • Russia -- killing of U.N. observers "unacceptable"

    07/27/2006 2:03:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies · 598+ views
    Reuters ^ | 27 Jul 2006
    MOSCOW, July 27 (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday denounced the killing of four U.N. military observers, who died in an Israeli air raid in south Lebanon, and urged a ceasefire in fighting between Israel and the radical Lebanese group Hizbollah. "Russia was shocked by this tragedy," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "Attacks and other abuses of peacekeepers cannot be justified and are unacceptable." U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has described the incident, which took place on Tuesday, as "apparently deliberate". Israel has promised a thorough investigation. More than 430 people in Lebanon and more than 50 in Israel...
  • Canadian killed from UN force complained his position shielding Hizbullah

    07/26/2006 4:36:07 PM PDT · by SJackson · 75 replies · 2,458+ views
    IMRA ^ | 7-26-06
    Canadian killed from UN force complained his position shielding Hizbullah Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 26 July 2006 "...the tragic loss of a soldier yesterday who I happen to know and I think probably is from my Regiment. We've received e-mails from him a few days ago and he described the fact that he was taking within - in one case - three meters of his position "for tactical necessity - not being targeted". Now that's veiled speech in the military and what he was telling us was Hizbullah fighters were all over his position and the IDF were (sic) targeting...
  • U.N.’s Human Shields--Already part of the problem.

    07/26/2006 7:14:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 612+ views
    National Review ^ | 7-26-06 | Michael I. Krauss & J. Peter Pham
    As part of international efforts to end the conflict in southern Lebanon, there has emerged the scheme of a United Nations peacekeeping force to separate the opposing forces. NPR reports that U.N. Secretary General Annan is, predictably, pushing for a robust international force there. But even the White House seems to be considering the idea. “Somehow you’re going to have to provide stability in southern Lebanon,” White House spokesman Tony Snow said last week. “Whether it’s an international stabilization force, whether it is the Lebanese armed forces, all those things are under discussion.” What many seem to forget is that...
  • Hezbollah's little helpers

    07/22/2006 2:19:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 940+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 18, 2006
    United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has come up with a very bad idea. He wants to throw a lifeline to Hezbollah, dispatching U.N. peacekeepers to Lebanon... Mr. Annan must explain how his peacekeepers would differ from the current U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has failed miserably ever since it was dispatched in 1978. UNIFIL was created following the Coastal Road Massacre of March 11, 1978 -- when Palestinian terrorists... entered Israel along the Mediterranean coast and hijacked a bus. Thirty-six hostages died. In response, the Israel Defense Force invaded southern Lebanon to destroy terrorist bases there. The U.N....
  • "A TOAST TO THE DEAD" - Srebenica Widows Sue UN, Dutch Government

    07/05/2006 9:33:35 AM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 15 replies · 755+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 4, 2006 | Udo Ludwig and Ansgar Mertin
    Some of the Dutch United Nations soldiers who failed to prevent the massacre of Srebenica in July 1995 gave the Serbs a back-slapping welcome, handed over their uniforms and even actively helped to separate Bosnian men from their families, say relatives of the 8,000 men and boys who were murdered. A German attorney is preparing a lawsuit against the UN and the Netherlands. They are unbelievable scenes that Sabaheta Fejzic, a bookkeeper from Vogosca near Srebenica, will never forget. War had been raging for years in Bosnia, and in the summer of 1995 everyone in Srebrenica was scared to death...
  • The fall of Mogadishu is a symbolic victory for Al-Qaeda

    06/06/2006 6:49:15 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 38 replies · 857+ views
    Project21 ^ | June 06 2006 | Trueblackman
    The fall of Somalia’s Capital City of Mogadishu is a symbolic victory for the forces of Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda Terrorist Organization and is yet another setback for the United Nations. The Islamic rebels, who have been links to Al-Qaeda, seized the city in early June following months of heavy fighting between the city’s rival clans. For Bin Laden and his radical followers this victory can only be compared to the Israeli capture of East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War. Bin Laden has quoted in saying, “That it was Al-Qaeda inspired rebels that caused the United States and...
  • Sudan denies visas to Darfur for UN military group

    04/19/2006 6:04:23 PM PDT · by SJackson · 126+ views
    Sudan Tribune ^ | 4-19-06
    April 19, 2006 (UNITED NATIONS) — Sudan’s president refused to grant visas to Darfur for a U.N. military assessment mission that wanted to plan for a U.N. peacekeeping mission, a U.N. spokesman said on Wednesday. Omar al-BashirThe Khartoum government has not consented to U.N. troops to augment the African Union soldiers currently trying to stop atrocities in the violent Darfur region but officials said they would discuss it after a peace agreement under negotiation in Abuja, Nigeria. Hedi Annabi, a U.N. assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping, went to Khartoum this week and spoke to President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and other officials...
  • UN Force In Sudan 'Will Raise Al-Qa'eda Threat'

    03/01/2006 6:08:25 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 369+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-2-2006 | Mike Pflanz
    UN force in Sudan 'will raise al-Qa'eda threat' By Mike Pflanz (Filed: 02/03/2006) Al-Qa'eda's presence in Sudan is likely to soar if the United Nations takes over peacekeeping operations in Darfur from the current African Union force, Jan Pronk, the UN's leading envoy to Sudan, has warned. Deploying peacekeepers drawn from Nato countries, including America, would be a "recipe for disaster" causing terrorist agents to stream in to fight a "jihad" against the blue berets, Mr Pronk said this week. "The climate in Khartoum against the UN is heating up very strongly. There are threats, warnings of recolonisation, invasion, imperialism,...
  • The United Nations is UNbelievable

    02/28/2006 7:36:34 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 538+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 27, 2006 | Dimitri Vassilaros
    Serial rapists envy United Nations peacekeepers. And who could blame them? Most rapists do not get to police their own crime scenes, food to trade for sex, diplomatic immunity and indifference from the people supervising them. Sexual abuse charges against U.N. peacekeepers remain high due to the organization's "culture of dismissiveness," according to Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein, Jordan's U.N, ambassador. He thinks it could take three to four more years for a reform program to take hold. Potential rape victims in the world's hot spots will have to be patient. There have been allegations against 295 troops, police and...
  • Why the UN needs reform

    02/23/2006 11:11:11 PM PST · by jedi150 · 7 replies · 397+ views
    Why the UN needs reform In 1991, the members of the United Nations threw their collective efforts behind the attempt to guarantee peace and to bring free elections to Cambodia. To one of the world's most abused, tragic nations, the UN sent its biggest, most expensive peacekeeping force in history. In about two years, some 20,000 UN troops passed through the unfortunate country, proving again the cliche about too many cooks spoiling the broth _ except that the ''broth'' was the nation of Cambodia. The peacekeeping mission turned into a travesty which failed to suppress the Khmer Rouge, tripled the...
  • Brazil looks for way out of Haiti mission

    01/12/2006 1:46:02 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies · 407+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12 Jan 2006 | Andrew Hay
    From army barracks to government ministries and Congress, Brazilians are beginning to look for a way out of a messy U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti. The apparent weekend suicide of Gen. Urano Bacellar, the Brazilian heading the force, has highlighted intractable conditions for peacekeepers and raised questions about Brazil's diplomatic ambitions. "We cannot see a real international effort in Haiti and the U.N. structure is confused," said one high-ranking army officer in Brasilia, who served under Bacellar and asked not to be named. "It's becoming more and more difficult for me to understand why we are deploying troops abroad when...
  • Georgia Makes Itself Heard - Russian-Georgian Conflict

    02/03/2006 6:23:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies · 1,418+ views
    Kommersant ^ | Feb. 03, 2006 | Vladimir Novikov, Mikhail Zygar
    Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, on his arrival in Germany yesterday on an official visit, called Russia a “very rich, insidious, malicious and experienced enemy.” Shortly before that, Georgian Ambassador to the UN Revaz Adamia accused Russia of genocide of Georgians. Thus Georgian officials are doing everything they can to place Russian-Georgian differences on a world level and gain Western support in the issue of withdrawing Russian peacekeepers from South Ossetia and Abkhazia. A Blow against Peacekeepers The war of words between Russia and Georgia reached a new height on February 1. The cause of the escalation was a collision between...
  • Russia raises fears over breakaway province

    01/30/2006 4:43:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies · 391+ views
    FT ^ | January 30 2006 | Mark Turner and Tom Warner
    Russia has withdrawn support for an international plan to grant autonomy to the breakaway Georgian province of Abkhazia, raising fears it could shift its backing more clearly towards Abkhazian calls for secession. The move came as the United Nations Security Council prepared to renew the mandate of a UN monitoring force there, and has prompted western diplomatic concern over Russia’s intentions in the region. Russia said during a closed-door meeting in New York that it could no longer allow reference to a 2000 paper drafted by the former UN special representative Dieter Boden on Abkhazia’s future. The paper talked of...
  • U.N. Removes Peacekeepers After Slayings [from the Congo]

    01/24/2006 7:49:41 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 803+ views
    AP ^ | 1/24/6 | ANJAN SUNDARAM
    KINSHASA, Congo -- The United Nations pulled its remaining peacekeepers out of the national park where eight Guatemalan peacekeepers were killed in an apparent gunbattle with Ugandan rebels, a U.N. spokesman said Tuesday. Hans-Jakob Reichen, U.N. military spokesman for eastern Congo, said the peacekeepers were withdrawn because they had completed a two-week mission to clear Garamba National Park of rebel forces. "It was decided to pull peacekeepers out of the park since any suspected rebels had melted into the jungle," Reichen said. The park straddles Congo's remote northeastern border with Sudan. Monday's violence marked the second-biggest single loss of life...
  • UN review finds procurement ‘abuse’

    01/21/2006 1:39:15 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 383+ views
    FT ^ | January 21 2006 | Mark Turner
    An internal review of United Nations peacekeeping activities has found “substantial evidence of abuse” in procurement operations, leading to “financial losses and significant inaccuracies in planning assumptions”, according to a copy of the report circulating in New York. The review, which may be published imminently, also expresses “great concern” at a failure of UN management to enforce accountability and adhere to internal control procedures. The findings are likely to deal a powerful new blow to the world body headed by Kofi Annan, its secretary-general, as it tries to recover from scandal over its mismanagement of the multi-billion-dollar oil-for-food programme in...
  • UN Peacekeeping Via The Murtha Method

    01/19/2006 5:20:30 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 3 replies · 285+ views
    Captains Quarters ^ | Jan. 19, 2006 | Edward Morrissey [WEEKLY STANDARD]
    The Ivory Coast erupted into chaos yet again overnight, with opposing gangs roaming the streets and committing violence despite the presence of United Nations peacekeepers tasked with defending a cease-fire between the two sides of the Ivorian civil war. One UN contingent finally opened fire to protect themselves, killing four Ivorians, while another shot weapons in the air and fired teargas to cover their retreat: IVORY COAST, once one of the wealthiest countries in Africa, was close to its second civil war in five years yesterday as gangs of armed thugs loyal to President Gbagbo ran amok across the southern...
  • Sudan to Receive 2000 troops from Russia

    12/22/2005 11:53:46 PM PST · by jb6 · 5 replies · 319+ views
    SomaliNet ^ | December 22, 2005 | Apunyu Bonny
    (SomaliNet) President Vladimir Putin proposed on Wednesday 21st to send 2000 troops to join UN peacekeepers in southern Sudan in a move that would almost double the size of Russia's military missions outside the ex-Soviet Union. Reports Aol news. Putin sent a letter to the Federation Council upper house of parliament, a compliant body that invariably backs the Kremlin, asking for formal permission to deploy the troops. "The Secretary General of the United Nations appealed with a request to send a military formation of the Russian Federation's Armed Forces for participation in the UN operation to maintain the peace in...
  • Global Violence Has Decreased, U.N. Says

    10/18/2005 11:26:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 570+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/18/05 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - Armed conflicts have declined by 40 percent since the end of the Cold War primarily because the United Nations was finally able to launch peacekeeping and conflict-prevention operations around the world, according to a new study. The first Human Security Report paints a surprising picture of war and peace in the 21st century: a dramatic decline in battlefield deaths, plummeting instances of genocide, and a drop in human rights abuses. The only form of political violence that appears to be getting worse is international terrorism, a serious threat but one that has killed fewer than 1,000 people...
  • The Plan To Have The UN Rule (06/20/2002)

    06/20/2002 8:23:48 PM PDT · by SEA · 74 replies · 1,153+ views
    Get US Out! ^ | November 25, 2001 | John F. McManus
    The Plan to Have the UN Rule by John F. McManus President, The John Birch Society The very first purpose claimed for the United Nations in Article 1 of the UN Charter reads as follows: "To maintain international peace and security." The UN has always promoted itself as a champion of peace. The word "peace" (or "peaceful") appears five times in the very first sentence of Article 1. And the UN's claim that it stands only for "peace" has been repeated by journalists and government officials throughout the world ever since the organization was founded. In 1945, however, at the...
  • Bush's Pro-U.N. Foreign Policy

    10/11/2005 11:08:04 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 26 replies · 955+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | 10/10/2005 | Cliff Kincaid
    By any reasonable standard, the Bush policy on the U.N. should be more controversial than the Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court. The President, who is depicted by the media as a unilateralist in foreign policy, is presiding over an unprecedented expansion of U.N. power on the world stage. Despite U.N. scandals and corruption, his administration spends more money on international organizations year after year. And global taxes for the U.N. may be on the horizon. One might think that a President who went to war in Iraq without U.N. approval and appointed the tenacious John Bolton as U.N....