RMI Has Yet Not Yet Been Frank And Open On Aborted UNESCO Nomination  Bottom

  • Sure by now most have seen this http://pidp.eas…y/02-14-12.htm or other articles on the nomination of Lebanese General Jamil El Sayed (with apparent close ties to Hezbollah) as the Marshall Islands Ambassador to UNESCO.

    The MI Journal reports one key fact not noted in the on-line reports I found - the nominating letter was signed by RMI Minster Of Foreign Affairs Phillip Muller.

    Tony DeBrum is quoted as saying the Marshall Islands Government is “being open and frank about what we know.” I respectfully suggest the Marshall Islands Government is NOT being open or frank because, to date, the RMI Government has not answered the key question - why did the RMI Minister of Foreign Affairs sign this nomination?.

    Tony also states he anticipates there will be repercussions over the nomination. I respectfully suggest the way for the Marshall Islands Government to lessen or completely forestall those repercussions is to reveal why this nomination was made.



    Edited by pettittm on Feb 14, 2014 - 03:27 AM.

    “I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
    US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
  • This should be alarming and disturbing to any citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. If this was done without the rest of the Cabinet's knowledge as reported, clearly repercussions are in order. The Marshall Islands constitution clearly outlines the Cabinet's role as to the Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
  • The nomination is alarming and disturbing and demands an explanation. Presumably, the representatives of General Jamil El Sayed offered an inducement, either for Minister Muller personally or for the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, that Minister Muller felt made it worth his while to sign the nomination. If there is a different explanation, I am sure all would like to hear.

    My gosh - the representatives of General Jamil El Sayed traveled to Palau from Lebanon to make initial contact with the RMI. That should have raised immediate alarms - why would these representatives travel all the way to Palau? Clearly, they could not find a nation closer to Lebanon that showed any interest in assisting. Could the reason be that, regardless, of what these representatives were offering for such a nomination, every other nation viewed the potential repercussions from European nations and the United States as greatly exceeding whatever inducement was offered?

    So far, if President Loeak disagrees with Minister Muller's action, he has not made it known. Only three reasons come to mind - the President knew about the nomination before Minister Muller signed it and he concurred in him signing; the President is a figurehead only and takes no action without specific prompting and direction from an inner circle of Ministers and advisors; or the President just does not care, either because he does not view the action by Minister Muller as having an real significance and / or he is convinced there will be no repercussions, from the United States or elsewhere.

    And what, if anything, has been the US Government reaction? Presumably Ambassador Armbruster and his POL/MIL Officer were caught completely by surprise by this nomination. Now that they and the world are aware, will there be a US Government response or will public silence be maintained?

    I agree with Yasiwo that this aborted nomination should be a concern to all Marshallese. To be blunt, it makes it appear your Government appointments to international representative positions and similar are for sale to any individual or organization that comes across with the right inducement, regardless of character or reputation or past actions.



    Edited by pettittm on Feb 18, 2014 - 12:46 AM.

    “I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
    US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
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