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Friday, August 29, 2014

Crudity is not “diplomacy” -- Samantha Power’s uncouth outburst at UNSC

United Nations
 “Confrontation through rhetoric” is not “conducive to mutual trust” -- world leaders to Washington

Editing, commentary by Carolyn Bennett

United Security Council considers Ukraine with several country delegations speaking to the issue: Lithuania, France, Jordan, Luxembourg, Chile, Australia, Chad, United States, Republic of Korea, Argentina, Nigeria, China, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom.

he crudest, most undiplomatic behavior rises from U.S. officials who hold a permanent seat (with France, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, People’s Republic of China) on the undemocratic UN Security Council and undue influence over the inordinately powerful Council and over the whole body of the United Nations.

August 28, 2014, at UNSC
SAMANTHA POWER (United States)

“Russia is not listening” … Instead of heeding the demands of the international community, the Russian Federation at every step has come before the Council to say “everything but the truth”. It has “manipulated, obfuscated, and outright lied”.  It is hard for me to imagine a cruder outburst from a so-called diplomat. 

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Samantha Power, who seems to have worked mostly as a journalist, was born in Ireland and raised in Ireland until she was nine.  Her parents immigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1979. From 1993 to 1996, Power worked as a journalist, covering the Yugoslav Wars for U.S. News and World Report, The Boston Globe, The Economist, and The New Republic (in 2007 for Time Magazine).  In 2005 and 2006, Power worked in the office of U.S. Senator Barack Obama as a foreign policy fellow and during candidate Obama’s 2008 run for the U. S. presidency, Power was one of his senior foreign policy advisers. She resigned the position and left the Obama campaign after calling one of the other contenders for the presidency “a monster.”

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The person she called a “monster” also has revealed herself to be crudely undiplomatic. And neither of these people should have been given positions for which they are not only unqualified and inadequately credentialed; but also are lacking in human sensibility and respect for other nations and leaders. Nevertheless Wikipedia describes Samantha Power as an “American academic, author and diplomat” now working as U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

America can do better than this; and the world, including the United States of America, deserves better. 

August 28, 2014 at UNSC
UN General Assembly
Member States
VITALY CHURKIN (Russian Federation)

The UN Security Council must remember, the Russian representative said, that “it was not designed to participate in guesswork or spread accusations, but rather was charged with finding a solution to the crisis.”   The proposed press statement on Ukraine’s crisis, Vitaly Churkin said, “should call for an inclusive political dialogue, while urging the international community to redouble its efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.”

In his statement, Vitaly Churkin wondered out loud what U. S. advisers were doing in Ukraine and questioned “how Ukrainian security forces had acquired such advanced weaponry.” He urged the international community to send a message to Washington

‘…to stop interfering in the internal activities of sovereign States and restrain your geopolitical ambition.’

August 28, 2014 at UNSC

South America
The Chilean representative called on all parties to cease combat immediately, respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence; and “whoever [are] those responsible for violations of human rights and the rule of law,” bring them “to justice.” 

Cristián Barros Melet called on all parties to seek a peaceful solution through political dialogue. Refrain from carrying out activities incompatible with the United Nations Charter. And unless authorized by the Ukrainian government, withdraw all foreign troops from Ukraine.

August 28, 2014 at UNSC

The Argentine representative also pointed to “the primary responsibility of the UN Security Council to maintain peace and security.”

María Cristina Perceval urged that “actors with the greatest influence” should “use constructive diplomacy and bring the parties to a constructive dialogue.” She urged UNSC members “to avoid confrontation through rhetoric.” 

August 28, 2014 at UNSC
WANG MIN (China)

People's Republic of China
The People’s Republic of China noted two imperatives.

All parties should make “good use of various mechanisms for dialogue” and all parties should act “in a manner that is conducive to mutual trust.”

August 29, 2014

The Russian Federation’s proposed text on the Ukrainian crisis had substance but was met with hostility. The statement expressed serious concerns about the deteriorating situation in south-eastern Ukraine. It called for ‘immediate and unconditional ceasefire’ and the start of a dialogue ‘based on the Geneva Declaration of 17 April 2014 and the Joint Berlin Declaration of July 2, 2014’. It also called attention to the need to ‘multiply efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to the population of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.’ However, under a frivolous pretext, the Russian delegation statement calling for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was blocked at the UNSC. Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin reportedly tells Itar-Tass:

Russian Federation
‘The Russian delegation’s proposal on declaration of a ceasefire was blocked under a frivolous pretext … The Security Council as a result of destructive efforts of a number of its members was unable to play its role in resolving the Ukrainian crisis.’

The Russians repeatedly drew attention to the casualties resulting from continued violence. More than 2,000 people reportedly have died in this conflict and the casualties are rising “exponentially,” Churkin said. But the fallout does not stop there: as is happening across the Middle East and so across the Mediterranean, homelessness, displacement, refugees are rising. “Russia,” the RT report says, “is on the receiving end of the crisis.” In addition to feeding and caring for Ukrainian military personnel, Russia is “handling over 814,000 refugees.”

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Appealing as brethren and neighbors, Vitaly Churkin reportedly says to Oleksandr Pavlichenko, Ukraine’s deputy representative to the United Nations, “Unlike Western governments, ‘you and I know our region’ and understand the ‘close relations’ between the two countries.’” Churkin went on to reflect that

any Western advisers who pushed Ukraine into demanding that separatists lay down their weapons ‘either did not understand what they were doing or they were just provocateurs seeking to completely destabilize the situation in Ukraine and to spite Russia.’

he American response, however, continued in the character of deliberate ignorance, insult, condescension, lecturing; fueling conflict by driving divisions among people and states, supplying and supporting lethal weaponry,  personnel and hostile forces; and expanding sanctions warfare against peoples and nations right across eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, with ricochet, negative consequences, right round the world. The practice and policy of U. S. foreign relations in the face of the world is boorish, criminally inept, and unconscionable.
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Believing that one nation is right in whatever it does or says, believing that its leaders and/or other officials are all-knowing or know what is best for the world is lunacy. When large numbers of people, whether national leaders, populaces, or masses accept such lunacy -- we create and sustain a dangerous state of world and domestic affairs wherein no nation or people are safe or free. 

Sources and notes

GUARANTEE FRAMEWORK FOR UKRAINE: "Both sides must do their bit", http://www.bundesregierung.de/Content/EN/Reiseberichte/2014/2014-08-23-merkel-kiew_en.html;jsessionid=7546BB2C1DAC5AC3EE3D4856A6473AD2.s4t2

Security Council, SC/11541, Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York, Security Council, 7253rd Meeting (PM): SENIOR OFFICIAL WARNS SECURITY COUNCIL OF DANGEROUS ESCALATION IN UKRAINE, CITING ‘DEEPLY ALARMING REPORTS OF RUSSIAN MILITARY INVOLVEMENT’ -- Members Urge Parties to Seek Diplomatic Solutions, August 28, 2014,  

The representative of the Russian Federation said everyone knew there were Russian volunteers in eastern Ukraine; no one was hiding that.  He urged other countries also to be transparent, questioning what United States advisers were doing in Ukraine and how Ukrainian security forces had acquired such advanced weaponry.

Speaking on August 28, 2014, were representatives of Lithuania, France, Jordan, Luxembourg, Chile, Australia, Chad, United States, Republic of Korea, Argentina, Nigeria, China, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom.


Samantha Power, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Power

“Russia-suggested statement on Ukraine ceasefire blocked at UNSC under ‘frivolous pretext’,” published time: August 29, 2014 02:12 ; edited time: August 29, 2014 02:50 Get short URL

“Russia Say West Doesn’t Understand Its ‘Close Relations’ With Ukraine,” by Anna Dolgov, August 29, 2014 13:15 Last edited 13:16, http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russia-say-west-doesn-t-understand-its-close-relations-with-ukraine-anna-dolgov/506123.html


Obama Says Russia’s ‘Invasion’ of Ukraine Not a Shift,” http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russia-say-west-doesn-t-understand-its-close-relations-with-ukraine-anna-dolgov/506123.html
“Corridor: Putin calls on Ukraine militia to let out surrounded Kiev troops,” published time: August 28, 2014 21:21, edited time: August 29, 2014 07:29, http://rt.com/news/183520-ukraine-russia-putin-militia/


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