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Monday, March 1, 2021

As Burma Ambassador in NY Fired NYT Errs and Says Geneva Amid Silent Guterres Sleaze

Inner City Press
By Matthew Russell Lee,
Patreon,BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN
27 Feb 2021


SDNY / UN GATE, Feb 27 – After the Burma coup regime fired its New York-based UN ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun for his speech in New York in the usually scripted UN General Assembly, the New York Times reported that the speech had been in Geneva.

Seven hours later, that remained uncorrected. And UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres, a darling of the NYT, was typically silent, wanting a second five-year term. All of this must be, and is being, opposed.

But the United Kingdom as President of the UNSC for February, now virtue signaling, did not even push to have the February meeting on Burma be open, and UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward on February 1 banned the Press - which was given access to Tuesday's background briefing - from her UN "press" conference (at which not a single question on Africa, for example, was taken).

Since then, Woodward and her UK Mission have not only refused to circulate the letters and CVs of opponents of Guterres - they won't even confirm receipt. Democracy indeed.

Here was and is Inner City Press' question to the UK, as UNSC President: ""on deadline, for UK's response to current developments in Myanmar / Burma. Please confirm receipt." This was sent on January 31 to PR Barbara Woodward, Jaclyn Licht, Sorcha Lowry and Isabella Olex; no answer from them or "spokesman" Mungo Woodifield.

Later at the February 2 US State Department briefing, Spokesman Ned Price said, "When it comes to Burma, look, I don’t think the military takeover, the military coup, is in the interest – it’s certainly not in our interest. It’s certainly not in the interest of our likeminded partners. I think you will also find that it’s not in the interest of the Chinese. So our first concern, of course, is the restoration of civilian leadership in Burma. Our concern, consistent with that, is ensuring that as we undertake this review, now that we have determined that a coup has taken place on February 1st, the civilian-led government has been deposed by the military – our first concern as we do that review will be to ensure that of the $135 million we contribute annually to the people of Burma, that we don’t do anything that would affect the long-suffering people of Burma, including the Rohingya in this case." Inner City Press will have more on this.

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