Gaddafi Selects Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann to Represent Libya at UN
The quick summary is that Libyan honcho Gaddafi has selected former Nicaraguan Foreign Minister and former UN president Miguel d'Escoto to represent Libya at the UN. But, there is a lot more to the story. What is here is pieced together from various press information, most of which seem to leave out various parts of what is happening.
First, Gaddafi's first choice for their new representative to the UN was Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki but the US government refused to grant him a visa. As he is a former General Assembly president, this appears to be the US government using its visa process to control the representation of another country at a world body that just happens to be located inside the US.
Based on this and the need to get representation in place quickly along with the fact that d'Escoto is in the US and had recently served as UN president, the choice sounds fairly logical. But, the Jerusalem Post reports that the US government has said that d'Escoto must leave the US and re-apply for a new visa.
Assuming this information all fits together, it seems time to cry foul. Whether you support the position of Moammar Gaddafi or not, the process of denying him representation is not how diplomatic games are played.
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