UN condemns comments by Annan's chief of staff
UNITED NATIONS: The UN Staff Council criticized Secretary-General Kofi Annan's chief of staff for making "misleading and divisive comments" about employees at U.N. headquarters in New York and demanded an apology, according to a resolution. The resolution circulated Friday cited Mark Malloch Brown's comments in a BBC interview on March 8 when he said U.N. staff in New York on tax-free salaries "are actually now a privileged tenured minority." Malloch Brown, who will become the U.N.'s deputy secretary-general on April 1 when Louise Frechette steps down, went on to say that "the real U.N. workers are out in difficult peacekeeping missions around the world on short-term contracts without much security." The resolution, which was adopted unanimously on Thursday, asked Rosemarie Waters, president of the UN Staff Union which represents over 5,000 staff at UN headquarters, to send a letter to Malloch Brown "condemning his misleading and divisive comments to the press."
Posted by: Fred 2006-03-19