14, May 2019
Southern Cameroons War: Belated UNSC Session Attempts To Cover Up Collusion By Guterres and SC Members 0
As the UN Security Council holds a belated session about Cameroon, albeit an informal one with no expected outcome and notably not co-sponsored by veto holding colonial power France, hypocrisy and cover up of the UN’s failure are evident.
The head of the UN, Antonio Guterres, took a golden statue from Paul Biya in his last interaction, and cut a deal of silence for Biya’s support in the UN Budget Committee which Biya’s Ambassador Tommo Monthe chaired.
The UK’s Liam Fox bragged about UK-based New Age’s hydro carbons deal with Biya, just as another example. Sycophant media which ignored than dismissed the killings now mechanically mis-report this “Arria formula” meeting, essentially to rehabilitate the remaining credibility of the UN and themselves, like Human Rights Watch which told Inner City Press Cameroon was not a top 90 problem to be included in HRW’s 2018 World Report.
Don’t believe the hype. In 2009, for example, after the UNSC belatedly held such sessions on Sri Lanka, the lack of outcome emboldened the Rajapaksas to go ahead and “finish off” the Tamils in what’s called the Bloodbath on the Beach. The UN system has not held anyone accountable; Guterres representative Singer was smiling with Mahinda Rajapaka this year. The only thing missing was a golden statute.
Will what Guterres accepted from Biya be seen, or even mentioned, in the May 13 meeting that Inner City Press for reporting on it cannot even enter to cover in person, banned from entering the UN for the 313th day by Guterres, with similar inaction by the UNSC members?
After Paul Biya who has ruled Cameroon for 36 years on January 28 had his opponent Maurice Kamto arrested, Inner City Press again asked UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his spokesmen for their comment and action, if any. This came after Guterres had Inner City Press roughed up on 3 July 2018 after it interviewed Biya’s Ambassador about the two men’s Budget Committee deals and banned from the UN since – Guterres even tried to get Inner City Press banned from the Park East Synagogue, here, which was denied / dodged by his spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who put up then took down a podcast in which he brags about his “mutually assured destruction” relationship with journalists, here.
Nor has Inner City Press’ September 2018 Freedom of Information Act request, here, been responded to. From the request: “On behalf of Inner City Press and in my personal capacity as its United Nations bureau chief, Matthew Russell Lee, this is a request pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 for the following information: 1) most pressingly, for the report on human rights abuse by the Cameroon military and of the US’ knowledge thereof, on information and belief headed by Brig. Gen. Timothy McAteer and concluded in November 2017; 2) any and all other records in your possession concerning abuses by the Cameroon security forces, including but not limited to in the North-West and South-West regions, from January 1, 2017 to the date of your response to this request. This request, particularly (1) above which can and should be treated separately, should be afforded expedited treatment. Inner City Press is reporting on abuses in Cameroon, including with the knowledge of the US – and why there has been no UN Security Council meeting on Cameroon. The US is for this month the president of the US Security Council and this request should be fully responded to in that time frame, including any necessary appeal.” Not a single document yet.We will have more on this.
Culled from Inner Press