Monday, August 28, 2006

Kofi And His Friends

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived in Lebanon earlier today. It's part of his 11-day 'tour' through the Middle-East.

Annan plans on meeting with Syrian President Assad (while the Syrians are, also by the UN, suspected of having killed former Lebanese PM Hariri) and with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.
In other words: he wished to spend the last part of his last term as Secretary General of the UN, among friends.

The United Nations, for security reasons, would not confirm the dates of Mr. Annan's arrival in each country, but the Iranian government has disclosed that he is due in Tehran on Sept. 2. That is two days after Iran must respond to a demand by the Security Council that it end uranium enrichment activities or face the possibility of sanctions.


In other words: the answer of Ahmadinejad is irrelevant to Kofi Annan.

As one does with friends, Kofi will support Syria:
Another contentious matter Mr. Annan will face in Lebanon is whether to station United Nations troops along the border with Syria to enforce the resolution's call for an embargo on illegal arms shipments. Mr. Assad has denounced the prospect, saying he will close the border entirely if foreign soldiers are posted there.

Mr. Annan's position is that United Nations forces will go there if the government of Lebanon requests it. Asked if Mr. Annan would seek that outcome, Mr. Fawzi said, "The secretary general is going to be saying, tell me what you need and the U.N. will assist you in whatever way we can."

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