The US late Wednesday hinted it would not allow Libyan leader Muammar Al-Gaddafi’s choice – Nicaraguan former Foreign Minister Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann – to represent the Libyan regime at the UN.
US Ambassador Susan Rice told reporters in answer to questions that Brockmann, 78, “has not been nominated by anybody who even can claim to represent the Libyan Government at this point,” in an indirect reference to Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa who nominated Brockmann on Tuesday and defected to the UK of Wednesday.
“So, his nomination is already in question,” she insisted.
Moreover, she added, Brockmann, who was born in the US but later renounced his US citizenship, recently entered the US on a tourist visa.
A tourist visa, she explained, does not allow anybody to represent any country at the UN.
“So, in order for him to even be considered, he has to leave the country (US) and apply for a G1 visa (for diplomats).”
Diplomats speculate that if he does, it is almost certain that the US will not grant him a visa, just like it denied it to Gaddafi’s first choice – Ali Treiki.
In the meantime, the UN announced that the press conference Brockmann had scheduled at the UN for today (Thursday) has been cancelled.
It must have been realized that he does not even have a UN pass to enter the UN building, since he does not represent any government. UN Conference rooms are booked by governments only.
Rice said “I do think it’s curious to say the least that somebody who represents seemingly nobody is holding a press conference in a UN facility, “He’s clearly not claiming to represent Nicaragua. So I’m not sure what he’s doing here under that guise tomorrow (Thursday).” Libyan Ambassador Abderrahman Shalgham and his deputy Ibrahim Dabbashi, who broke with the Libyan regime in early March but continue to work from the Libyan Mission for the Transitional National Council, said “Gaddafi first hired mercenaries as soldiers. Now, he is hiring them as diplomats.”