Rejected II

28 10 2014

On 22 October, PPT posted on junta-run Thailand’s rejection at the U.N. when it foolishly tried for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. A reader points out that we missed a revealing story at The Nation, the day after, providing the slippery response from the slithering Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow.

Sihasak mumbled about “Thailand respects the decision of UN members who voted to fill vacant seats in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) after it failed to gain enough votes to win a seat.”

Failed PresidentThe unscrupulous and disingenuous Sihasak tuen spinmeister, making the failure a limited victory: “We lost the competition but the support we obtained accounted for about 70-80 per cent of UN members, meaning many countries still trust and believe in us.”

It must be just peachy knowing that up to a third of the world’s governments don’t trust or have confidence in Thailand run by the military dictatorship.

What must be even more galling for Sihasak is that the rejection is personal. The last time “Thailand won the rights council seat for the first time in 2010-2013 and was represented by Sihasak, then ambassador and permanent representative of Thailand to the UN Office in Geneva. He was also voted the council’s president.”

Clearly, his performance was so bad that almost a third of U.N. members rejected him and Thailand.


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