My god or better my Buddha …he woke up! UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will not attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, an aide has said. The decision was due to “schedule issues” and had been made months ago, said UN spokeswoman, Marie Mukabe.
Meanwhile, Buenos Aires is braced for Friday’s Olympic torch relay after anti-China protests in other cities. Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai has withdrawn from the torch relay’s Tanzanian leg, due to concerns over human rights in China.
The BBC’s Laura Trevelyan said the UN was anxious not to give the impression that Mr. Ban’s absence was a boycott of the Games. Ms Mukabe said Mr. Ban “had conveyed to the [Chinese] government some months ago that he may not be in a position to accept the invitation to attend this important event due to schedule issues”.
This means the decision was made before violent anti-Beijing protests in and around Tibet last month that were suppressed by a heavy security presence.
Late as always to everything I have to admit Ki-moon surprised me with this decision even though I would expect him to be more …UN and say why he really doesn’t go, emphasize that whatever UN stands for there is one country member of the security council that ignores and violates them!