The Norwegian newspaperreported today that Norway’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Ms. Mona Juul, accused the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon of lack of charisma, weak leadership and angry outbursts.
The newspaper published the “confidential letter” to Norway’s foreign ministry from Ms. Juul, that included “At a time when the UN and multilateral solutions to global crises are more needed than ever, Ban and the UN are notable by their absence“.
Ms. Juul wrote that Mr. Ban Ki-moon showed “weak handling” of international challenges, he was a “passive observer” to the arrest of Myanmar’s opposition leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and Ms. Juul criticized Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s “slow reaction” to the civil war in Sri Lanka.
Regarding the global financial crisis, Ms. Juul wrote “Ban has not managed to make the United Nations into the main arena and the g20-group has filled the vacuum“.
Regarding the global environmental crisis, Ms. Juul wrote “The United Nations struggles to be relevant” she added that “Ban’s vote on behalf of the world’s poor has hardly been registered.”
Ms. Juul wrote that handling political crises are not Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s strength, she described the Secretary General’s trip to Burma as “a shining example for his lack of leadership and inability to deliver on behalf of the United Nations.”
Ms. Juul wrote “In other crisis areas, such as Darfur, Somalia, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and not in the least the Congo, the secretary general seems irresolute.”
Ms. Juul wrote “the moral voice and authority of the United Nations have been absent.” Ms. Juul draw a picture of Mr. Ban Ki-moon as “irresolute, not engaging and not willing to share the limelight. The UN chief has a mentality that makes it very difficult to work with him.”
Ms. Juul also wrote “Ban routinely has angry outbursts that even levelheaded and experienced co-workers have trouble dealing with“. Ms. Juul added that the mood among Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s staff is “very tense“.
Ms. Juul’s letter is in tandem with many in the Obama Administration already talking about Mr. Ban Ki-moon not getting a new five-year term as Secretary General of the United Nations.
M. Alaadin A. Morsy
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