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Will Ban Repay Germany With Weisbrod-Weber in W. Sahara, Despite Morocco?

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, May 9 -- When Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "sold out" and removed his own envoy to Sierra Leone Michael von der Schulenburg, a German, UN sources told Inner City Press they were disturbed by Ban's failure to stand behind his envoy -- and that Ban would now give a different job to a German.

  On May 10 Morocco's foreign minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani is now set to meet with Ban. What is the topic? Well, sources tell Inner City Press that Morocco wants to lobby AGAINST the impending naming of a German as Special Representative of the Secretary General to the Western Sahara mission MINURSO: Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber.

  Weisbrod-Weber has served, at the D-2 level, as UN Peacekeeping's director of the Asia and Middle East Division. This would be a promotion, and in a sense Ban-style payback for selling out Schulenburg.

  But, the sources ask, will Ban sell out again?

Moroccan minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani was at the UN only recently, on March 14, and Inner City Press asked him questions: video here, article here.

  There is also more and more grumbling among non-Western member states, including on the Security Council, about Ban's "Nordic focus."

  Most recently Ban replaced Schulenburg with Denmark's Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, "after winking at Koroma he won't give him any trouble" in Sierra Leone. This is the way Ban's UN works and is perceived. Watch this site.

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