Thursday, September 7, 2017

Putin Not Invited to Trump's Meeting on UN Reform?

Trump making announcement in Oval Office

According to a headline on RT [ the website is unusually slow this morning and the previous RT story about Israel attacking Syria last night has mysteriously been deleted] Trump has not invited Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin to his special meeting of leaders to discuss UN Reform.

Here is the story about the meeting from the Globe and Mail.  Please read and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

Michelle Nichols
United Nations
September 1, 2017September 1, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump, a frequent critic of the United Nations, will seek to gather global support for reforming the world body when he hosts an event at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 18, a day before he formally addresses the 193-member organization.

Countries will be invited to attend Trump's function if they sign on to a U.S.-drafted 10-point political declaration backing efforts by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "to initiate effective, meaningful reform," according to a draft of the political declaration seen by Reuters on Friday.

Trump has complained that the U.S. share of the world body's budget is unfair, pushed to slash funding and described it as a "club for people to get together, talk and have a good time."

Trump, who took office in January, has since described U.S. funding as "peanuts" compared to the important work of the organization.

The United States is the biggest U.N. contributor, providing 22 percent of its $5.4 billion biennial core budget and 28.5 percent of its $7.3 billion peacekeeping budget. The contributions are agreed on by the 193-member General Assembly.

Trump, Guterres, who also took office in January, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley are scheduled to speak at the Sept. 18 event, diplomats said.
The draft political declaration states: "We support the secretary-general in making concrete changes in the United Nations system to better align its work on humanitarian response, development and sustaining peace initiatives."

"We commit to reducing mandate duplication, redundancy and overlap, including among the main organs of the United Nations," the draft declaration reads.

The United States also is reviewing each of the U.N. peacekeeping missions as annual mandates come up for Security Council renewal in a bid to cut costs. The United States is a veto-wielding council member, along with Britain, France, Russia and China.

Haley has said there is "a lot of fat around the edges and some abuses that happen at the U.N. but I do think it is very important that we make the most of it."

Here is the story from RT:

Russian president Vladimir Putin has not been invited to a meeting on reforming the United Nations, reportedly set to be hosted by Donald Trump and due to take place ahead of the General Assembly in New York, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said.

As far as I know, no [he hasn’t],” Ushakov said, responding to a question from a journalist on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok on Thursday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told TASS last week that the Russian leader does not plan taking part in the session of the UN General Assembly this year.

Trump, an outspoken critic of the United Nations, is reportedly determined to gain support for reforming the world body when he hosts an event at UN headquarters on September 18.

Countries will be invited to attend Trump’s meeting only if they sign on to a US-drafted 10-point political declaration backing efforts by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “to initiate effective, meaningful reform,” according to a draft of the political declaration seen by Reuters.

Pushing the world body to reform, Trump has previously described the US contributions to the United Nations as “peanuts compared to the important work.”

When ambassadors to the United Nations Security Council gathered at the White House in late April, the US president described the UN as “an under-performer” albeit one that has “tremendous potential”.  We must also take a close look at the UN budget. Costs have absolutely gone out of control," Trump said.

Donald Trump previously lambasted the UN shortly after the world body voted to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in late December. The then president-elect said on Twitter that the UN had "such great potential", but had grown to become "just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!"

"As to the UN, things will be different after January 20th," Trump warned, referring to his inauguration. The new US leader is set to formally address the 193-member organization for the first time on September 19. According to the preliminary plan for the forum, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is set to deliver his speech at the UN General Assembly on September 21.


Now we know why all the diplomatic harassment of Russia by the US is going on recently.  They want the diplomatic conditions to be so bad between Russia and the US that Putin won't come to the UN General Assembly Meeting this Fall...and Trump can take centre stage...and not be upstaged by the much more popular Putin!

So, from the above it appears that no invitations were sent but that leaders can only attend the Trump meeting if they signed an agenda drafted by the US.  Unless there's something horrific on the agenda (like getting rid of the veto for each member of the UNSC) Lavrov should simply sign the letter and attend the meeting--on behalf of the Rational/Informed 37% of the world's population.

We need a representative at that meeting.  Or, hopefully, Putin will change his mind and show up for the yearly General Assembly meeting after all.  And attend the meeting himself.  LOL.  That would totally disrupt the propaganda agenda...which is the only agenda that the perps are really interested in anyway.

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