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Ban accused of Korean nepotism

October 21st, 2007 . by Matt

In the Washington Post

UNITED NATIONS — South Korea’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Choi Young-jin, will travel to Ivory Coast in the coming weeks to run the world body’s peacekeeping efforts, making him the first South Korean diplomat to lead a major U.N. mission in Africa, and the latest compatriot tapped for a significant position by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The appointments have signaled South Korea’s emergence as a rising power on the international diplomatic stage. But they have also fueled resentment among some U.N. employees and delegates who feel that Ban — who became secretary general in January after serving as South Korea’s minister of foreign affairs and trade — is advancing the interests of his home government, which invested financially and politically in Ban’s rise to the top.

Ban and his aides said allegations of favoritism are wrong, and that some of the harshest criticisms smack of racism. He said that the South Korean nationals he has appointed — including Choi, who has served as a high-ranking official in the United Nation’s peacekeeping department — are highly qualified for their positions.

“This is just unfair, just unfair, just unfair,” Ban said in an interview last month, noting that South Korean nationals have been historically underrepresented at the United Nations. “I have intentionally, deliberately tried to distance myself from Korea. You may agree or not agree, but I have been troubled by the perception . . . that I have been relying too much on Koreans.”

Criticize Sec.Gen Ban’s decisions to employ crony co-ethnics, and be accused of racism. It looks like someone wants to shut down discussion of the issue rather than being open and accountable.


30 Responses to “Ban accused of Korean nepotism”

  1. comment number 1 by: General Tiger

    I would believe the accustion if the UN did something for ROK…. Which hasn’t happened.

  2. comment number 2 by: GarlicBreath

    Banki Moon is morally bankrupt. I predict the UN will sink to a new low with Banki Moon at the helm. Putting his yes-men Coreans cronies at any key position is a big mistake. This type of “motherland first” thinking is why I am opposed to people like Banki Moon heading international bodies.

    “This is just unfair, just unfair, just unfair,” Ban said

    What a childish baby.

    noting that South Korean nationals have been historically underrepresented at the United Nations. “

    Coreans have also historicaly made little contribution to the UN. Up until Banki started buying his votes, coreans gave next to nil. This is a country that had its ass saved by the UN and only had about 20 blue hats ever.
    .
    Knowing Coreans as well as I do, I suspect that if the pressure keeps up, banki will start to cry “RACISM!”.

  3. comment number 3 by: GarlicBreath

    I

    would believe the accustion if the UN did something for ROK…. Which hasn’t happened

    The accusation is that Banki Moon is stacking the UN with corean cronies. This is “something for the ROK”. These are jobs that are given to them, even if their are people who are qualified who applied.
    .
    When Coreans have to work their way to the top, they must be competent and diligent. This may explane why there are so few Coreans at the top of (non corean) international orginzations. Banki is shortcutting that, by giving jobs to most likly unqualified coreans.
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  4. comment number 4 by: kjeff

    Gerry,

    Ban and his aides said allegations of favoritism are wrong, and that some of the harshest criticisms smack of racism.

    Fact is you don’t know what they are…so, how do you know whether it is or it is not.
    I surely miss the days of your Dokdo postings. This(the thread) is just bitterness, just bitterness, just bitterness…lol…

  5. comment number 5 by: kteen

    But they have also fueled resentment among some U.N. employees and delegates who feel that Ban — who became secretary general in January after serving as South Korea’s minister of foreign affairs and trade — is advancing the interests of his home government, which invested financially and politically in Ban’s rise to the top

    It seems to me that the employees and some delagates who feel ‘resentment’ against Sec. Ban are the real whimpers…after all, they are the ones who elected Ban as the secretary general in the first place(too bad if they couldn’t see this beforehand).

  6. comment number 6 by: General Tiger

    GarlicBreath:

    When Coreans have to work their way to the top, they must be competent and diligent. This may explane why there are so few Coreans at the top of (non corean) international orginzations. Banki is shortcutting that, by giving jobs to most likly unqualified coreans.

    I suppose you did your research this time. Please show which Koreans were unqualified.
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    Of course, please take into account the worthless buracracy that is filling the UN in the first place.

  7. comment number 7 by: General Tiger

    kjeff:
    BTW, the thread maker is Matt. Stop leaping on to Gerry.

  8. comment number 8 by: kteen

    Garlicbreath,

    When Coreans have to work their way to the top, they must be competent and diligent. This may explane why there are so few Coreans at the top of (non corean) international orginzations

    As far as I know, nationalities don’t matter very much once you become a worker for these ‘international organizations’, though it may be a source of national pride for the people back home.

  9. comment number 9 by: helical

    As far as I know, nationalities don’t matter very much once you become a worker for these ‘international organizations’

    It isn’t supposed to matter, which is why this favoritism is an issue.
    .
    I won’t say the Koreans in those positions right now are unqualified, but assuming an equal chance of having qualified people for all groups, favoring a certain ethnic group over others is plain unfair and must have displaced other more qualified people.
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    noting that South Korean nationals have been historically underrepresented at the United Nations.

    If he is using his powers to “artificially” correct this so-called underrepresentation, then that I still think that falls under abuse of his powers.

  10. comment number 10 by: GarlicBreath

    As far as I know, nationalities don’t matter very much once you become a worker for these ‘international organizations’

    It doesn’t unless you are a corrupt corean cronies of banki moon. Banki is creating a culture of corruption.

    Tigg
    I suppose you did your research this time. Please show which Koreans were unqualified.

    Tigg, if they were qualified, then why are they allowed to:

    bypass the recruiting, interview and evaluation procedures

    Coreans like Kweon Ki-hwan.
    Tigg, what do you want me to do, get a copy of their CV and as well as the qualified applicants and email them to you and debate who is qualified. The bottom line is, if they are qualified then they can go through the regular application process. Banki Moon should follow established protocols instead of having a secret cabnet in the Secretariat.

  11. comment number 11 by: GarlicBreath

    Sheesh, no matter what it is you get the same responce from the nationalists.

    Gerry
    This(the thread) is just bitterness, just bitterness, just bitterness…

    Discussing this is bitterness..? Is the .Washington Post bitter? Are they anti-chosun? Or anti-corean? Is anybody who discusses corea and doesn’t heap on praise full of bitterness?
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    I think its people like you who can’t accept anything short of worship for corea, and go bananas when somebody reports the truth.
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    Oh and if you took the time to look before you attacked Mr Bevers, you would notice that it was Mr Matt that posted this story. Thanks for the sunshine on Banki Moon Mr Matt.
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    Bitterness.. tsk tsk tsk..

  12. comment number 12 by: HanComplex

    kjeff:
    BTW, the thread maker is Matt. Stop leaping on to Gerry.

    LOL Looks like the dishonest one shoots himself on the foot again. Must have an axe to grind with Gerry. Poor thing.

    Banki Moon is morally bankrupt. I predict the UN will sink to a new low with Banki Moon at the helm. Putting his yes-men Coreans cronies at any key position is a big mistake. This type of “motherland first” thinking is why I am opposed to people like Banki Moon heading international bodies.

    You got that right. You can be assured it’s the same DaeHanMinGuk thinking applied on the international level. I was really disappointed when he Secretary General since, being in that position, he’ll be far worse than all the inferiority complex-riddled, ultranationalistic Koreans combined that non-Koreans have to put up with. That alone is bad enough in itself. Just to give you an idea of what kind of guy we’re dealing with, here’s what he’s capable of:
    http://www.hahnsweb.com/en/blog/gangster_culture.htm

  13. comment number 13 by: General Tiger

    GarlicBreath

    Tigg, what do you want me to do, get a copy of their CV and as well as the qualified applicants and email them to you and debate who is qualified.

    No, what you gave right after the quote above is enough. Thanks for the enlightment.
    .
    However, to further go into this discussion: When has the UN been the “honest” organization that the accuser seem to be advocating? I think it ironic that the same corrupt UN buracracy is accusing Ban of being a crony man. Such incidents as the “culture of corruption” you linked has always been going on in the UN.
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    In short: I wouldn’t say Ban is innocent or that he is morally clean, but the Un itself needs to think about what they are doing before aiming against a certain group of people.

  14. comment number 14 by: kteen

    …unless you are a corrupt corean cronies of banki moon. Banki is creating a culture of corruption

    Seems like the employees and delagates of the UN weren’t aware of ‘banki’s’information that is known even by people who post on occidentalism.org. What’s more, they elected him as Secretary General!
    Now someome was talking about qualified personnel…

  15. comment number 15 by: T_K

    I think it ironic that the same corrupt UN buracracy is accusing Ban of being a crony man. Such incidents as the “culture of corruption” you linked has always been going on in the UN.

    I see. It’s okay since someone else has done it before.

  16. comment number 16 by: GarlicBreath

    So much for the new era at the UN that Banki Moon promised:

    But he wants to show that he has no hidden agenda or any person in mind, he just wants to get the best qualified.”

    The definition of “best qualified” is: somebody is corean,and is loyal to Banki moon.

    “From Day 1, he wanted to change the working culture of the United Nations by leading by example,” said Kim Won- soo, a Korean associate regarded at the United Nations as Ban’s most influential adviser.

    “He says, ‘I do it myself and I expect my senior members to do it,'” Kim said. “He’s keen on that.”

    I guess Banki moon expects others to be corrupt too. He is keen on that too.

  17. comment number 17 by: kjeff

    Gerry,
    I screwed up, I’m sorry.
    P.S. Whew…that wasn’t too hard.

  18. comment number 18 by: General Tiger

    T_K:

    I see. It’s okay since someone else has done it before.

    No, I’m saying it’s ironic that the pots are calling the kettle black. Nothing more, nothing less.

  19. comment number 19 by: GarlicBreath

    I saw this comming.

    Key UN post for Ban’s son-in-law

    However Columnist Al Kamen wrote: ”This (appointment of Chatterjee) has greatly upset the UN rank and file, who are fretting that maybe Chatterjee is trying to leapfrog other qualified staff to get the assignment.”

    I see Banki Moon learnd a lot from Kofi.

    Banki Moon. Corrupt.

  20. comment number 20 by: Errol

    Stop stereotyping Koreans! It’s just tradition.

    General Tiger Says:
    October 21st, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Of course, please take into account the worthless bureaucracy that is filling the UN in the first place.

    Privatization and marketization are the keys to enhancing the competitiveness of state-run companies and to return them to the hands of the people. Regrettably, however, they have so far been “booty” to be captured by winning political forces. Executives have been appointed by Cheong Wa Dae and governing parties in accordance with their role in presidential and parliamentary elections. Ill versed in company affairs they have managed the firms in a lax and ineffective manner.

    helical Says:
    October 22nd, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Favoring a certain ethnic group over others is plain unfair and must have displaced other more qualified people.

    What next foreign beef in the mouths of ajummas?

  21. comment number 21 by: General Tiger

    Errol:
    I understand why you posted the first link (although I’m not sure whether it was aimed at my post or helical’s), by can you explain the relations of the second link to the topic?

  22. comment number 22 by: GarlicBreath

    I predict that Banki Moon will fall in the same garbage pit that the Coeran hero Hwang woo suck is wallowing in.
    .
    Banki moon’s promotion of Han Seung-soo (his old boss) as a special envoy on climate change is a prime example of cronyism.

    To get an idea of what a corrupt loser Han seung soo is, take a look here:

    In an unprecedented move against corrupt politics, the South Korean group Citizens’ Coalition for the 2000 General election (CCGE) released a blacklist of 67 “incompetent, corrupt, and lazy”

  23. comment number 23 by: Brian

    ^ And when you’re prediction is wrong? You may look like an idiot. Actually… too late. lol

  24. comment number 24 by: thor56

    I’m not surprised.
    It’s really Koreanistic.
    A Korean manager of my local departmant store was fired because she hired only koreans and she said something racist things against other asian employees.

  25. comment number 25 by: Nakagawa

    Don’t omit Later news article.

    “South Korea joined the United Nations in 1991, and it had been slow to make its presence felt. U.N. records show that South Korea, the organization’s eleventh-largest financial contributor, had 54 South Korean nationals assigned to its mission six months before Ban took over the top U.N. post. By contrast, the Philippines, a much poorer country, had 759 nationals in its mission. ”

    “Others said the complaints are driven by envy. “I think being from South Korea, and people have growing respect for South Korea, that’s a great enhancement for the secretary general,” said Donald P. Gregg, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea. “If he brings along talented people who he knows very well, I think that’s also a plus.”

  26. comment number 26 by: GarlicBreath

    “South Korea joined the United Nations in 1991, and it had been slow to make its presence felt. U.N. records show that South Korea, the organization’s eleventh-largest financial contributor, had 54 South Korean nationals assigned to its mission six months before Ban took over the top U.N. post. By contrast, the Philippines, a much poorer country, had 759 nationals in its mission. ”

    And what is your point?

  27. comment number 27 by: GarlicBreath

    You didn’t answer the question NaKIMgowa.
    .
    I wonder how long before Banki Moon and his cronies start working on Corean pet projects, like officially stealing Takeshima and renaming the sea of japan.
    .
    In the meantime, newsweek has picked up on the corean cronyism at the UN.

    There’s been some criticism that you rely on a Korean network here in the U.N.

    .

    That is very unfair. There are not many Koreans, a total of less than 60, I think, in the U.N. system. I have brought in only two or three, including one secretary. This kind of unfounded criticism may come from jealousy. This is an intergovernmental body, and we respect all differences of cultures and traditions. Those who make this criticism should also try to understand Asian values and cultures.

    What about asian values? He is just changing the subject. Its asians who are pointing out his cronyism. As for the numbers, he is lying.

  28. comment number 28 by: kappako

    Hello.

    I introduce you these about Korean history.

    The Truth of Korean History Ver.1.2.3.

    http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=xOguQsyK08M
    http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=AAr95eQnRCo
    http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=7iDDqOkNJRA

  29. comment number 29 by: GarlicBreath

    kappako Says:
    Hello.

    I introduce you these about Korean history.

    The Truth of Korean History Ver.1.2.3.

    http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=xOguQsyK08M
    http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=AAr95eQnRCo
    http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=7iDDqOkNJRA

    Thanks for the links. Corea owes a lot to Japan. Coreans have no idea about their own history. Its a shame they hate japan so much, yet owe so much to the kind Japanese people.

  30. comment number 30 by: kteen

    Corea owes a lot to Japan. Coreans have no idea about their own history. Its a shame they hate japan so much, yet owe so much to the kind Japanese people.

    Examples, please.