Friday, November 19, 2004

Annan May Be Out at UN

According to UNITED NATIONS (AFP), Kofi Annan may be on the brink of being ousted as Secretary-General of the UN.

According to reports, the UN Staff Union is about to issue a history making vote of 'No-Confidence' in Annan. Although the vote of no confidence would not require Annan to step down, it would seriously harm his credibility. It also comes at a bad time for Annan, due to the Iraq 'Oil-for-food' scandal, for which his resignation is being called for.

According to a Yahoo News report, "Kofi Annan is surrounded by corruption, a gang of criminals responsible for some of the worst things that happened to mankind in the 20th century," said one angry staffer, referring to the Rwanda massacres.

So, we just may be about to see some positive changes in the UN. Or, we may be about to see some serious negative changes, depending on whether Annan steps down and who would replace him.

With a change in leadership at the UN, the Bush administration may rethink seeking UN assistance in Iraq. If UN assistance can be obtained, not only would it lend more credibility to the US war in Iraq, but it could also be a step forward to repairing the damaged foreign relations that resulted from the US attack on Iraq.

As usual, I'll keep an eye on this and keep the blog posted with updates.

***Update***

Looks like Kofi caught a break - the resolution has been released. It is highly critical of Senior UN leaders, but does not pin the blame on Annan.

Per a followup Yahoo article, "Union president Rosemarie Waters said Annan nevertheless had the support of the staff union, telling reporters: "He is in a very difficult job under very difficult circumstances. He is doing his best."

Guess we can scratch the idea of the Bush gang changing their minds.