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Secret Agreement Between UN and NATO


Translated by  Current Concerns

Only very few media reported very shortly on a secret agreement beteween UN and NATO at the end of September and beginning of October this year, which was allegedly signed by General Secretaries Ban Ki-Moon (UN) and  Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (NATO).

According to the 26 September issue of the newspaper «Financial Times Deutschland» both sides had agreed to observe strict secrecy, the agreementwas meant to «simplify co-operation in critical situations such as situations in Afghanistan or Kosovo».

The article states that the agreementhad been discussed controversally within the UN up to the very end, last not least due to NATO’s partisan approach to the war in Georgia, among other reasons. Finally Ban Ki-Moon had been pressured into signing the agreementby France, the USA and the UK.  

Later, on 9 October, it could be read in the English edition of RIA Novosti that Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergej Lavrov was shocked about the contract. It had been negotiated and signed in silence, without consulting all UN member states. When rumours about plans of such a UN-NATO-agreementspread, the Russian Foreign affairs minister asked the General Secretary, formally,  but couldn’t get more than vague answers. 

Current Concerns is now in possession of the agreementtext (see below). It shows the date 23 September and is signed by Ban Ki-Moon and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Indeed the UN and NATO General Secretaries have not only stressed their previous «co-operation», for instance on the Balkans or in Afghanistan, they have also agreed on continuation and further extension of this «co-operation».

A special «spirit» of the 2005 UN summit declaration is claimed as the basis of this «co-operation». That was the UN summit which proposed the possibility of worldwide UN military interventions beyond the hitherto existing UN Charter, under the title «Responsibility to Protect», thereby following a 2001 paper to a large extent which had been compiled with major imput from warmongers such as Gerath Evans (Australia) or Klaus Naumann (Germany). (See also Zeit-Fragen 26 May issue).

As early as one month before the UN Summit, in September 2005, NATO General Secretary de Hoop Scheffer had come forward with proposals for a co-operation treaty between UN and NATO. This was reported in an analysis and strategy paper (Janka Oertel: «The United Nations and Nato») of June 2008, which also supports the suggestion of a closer «co-operation» between UN and NATO and which was, by the way compiled in Germany. 

So it turns out that the deep suspicions of people criticizing the concept «Responsibility to Protect» who regarded this concept as nothing else than a rephrased version of NATO’s «Humanitarian Intervention» concept, were actually justified - a concept, by which NATO tried to vindicate their war against Yugoslawia - illegal according to international law-, a war that was in fact waged for imperial reasons, that killed thousands of people, destroyed the civilian infrastructure of the country for decades to come and contaminated wide areas  of its territory with radioactive waste for ever.

The timing for signing this treaty right now is eye-opening. It fits in with the presidential change in the USA, for which international switchblades were obviously turned in advance. Unlike the current president Bush and his ideologues in the background, who were striving for a world power USA independent of the UN, the advisory team of the new president Obama plans for active involvement of the UN into their world domination concepts, therefore creating a grotesque version of the «coalition of the willing» concept. Obama himself voiced this rhetoric in his speech in front of the Berlin victory column at July 24th: „ Now is the time to build new bridges across the globe as strong as the one that bound us across the Atlantic. Now is the time to join together, through constant co-operation, strong institutions, shared sacrifice, and a global commitment to progress, to meet the challenges of the 21st century.»

It is very likely that the actual goal is the maintenance of the totally unjust hegemony of the West and especially of the US by all means; a dominance which is said to be at stake  - according to the recent US intelligence study «Global Trends 2025» –, respectively to be lost for good (see. Spiegel-Online  21st November issue).

How they intend to react to this threat becomes apparent in acclaiming statements of former German Foreign Affairs Minister Fischer about Obama’s intentions, quoted by the news magazine Focus of 13 August as follows: “His speech in Berlin was straight talk!” This is what Obama had told the Europeans on the occasion: “In future decisions will be taken together with me, next we will fight together and if necessary die together.”

Obama’s advisory team includes «Humanitarian Intervention» ideologues such as Samantha Power (see. Analysis by Jürgen Wagner: «Obama: beware of too great hopes», IMI-Analysis 2008/37 of 5 November). Christian Democratic (CDU) member of parliament Willy Wimmer even wrote in a letter to the German Minister of Foreign Affairs Steinmeier on 17 November, that the personnel around Obama looks like «duplicates of those who drove us into the Yugoslav war».

That Ban Ki-Moon caves in to the pressure of the intervention powers USA, UK and Sarcocy’s France, confirms the fears of all those who assumed the new general secretary to depend on the US.

But this cannot be the last word of the United Nations. It is bound to international law by its Charter: bound to equal rights of all nations, the right of the peoples’ self-determination, the prohibition of intervention and especially the imperative of peace. Military attacks and imperial hegemonic ambitions are crimes according to international law. Despite voicing the opposite NATO left these fundamentals for the first time with its strategic concept of 1991, which already went beyond the legally acceptable right of self-defense, worsening matters with their strategic concepts of 1999 and the strategic agreements of NATO summits 2004, 2006 and 2008 and is now heading for the «epitome» of this hubris with a new strategic concept next year. 

NATO has incurred guilt of crimes against this Charter many times already and is continuing to do so on a daily basis in de facto occupied Afghanistan and elsewhere under the framework of OEF and the declaration of alliance status which hasn’t been withdrawn since 11 September 2001. Considering this, all responsible NATO representatives should appear before an international law tribunal. The UN General Secretary agreeing on closer «co-operation» with NATO is a slap in the face of justice and must not stay on.

Many times since the Cold War ended both the UN Security Council and the world organization’s General Secretary let themselves be used by the US. With Obama as President this danger has even become greater. The world community has to stand guard to not let this happen again.

Hamid Karzai, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Ban Ki  Moon at the NATO-Summit in Bucharest, on 3/4/2008. Photo  Reuters Pictures

Bucharest, 3/4/2008. Photo AFP/Getty Images


 Violation of UN-Charter

by Alfred de Zayas

In case the text of the common statement about co-operation between UN and NATO turns out to be correct, it is a real scandal; for it is directed against the spirit and wording of the UN Charter, and it exceeds the authority of the UN General Secretary. The UN has to remain independent and must never side with a military allience. It is obvious that this agreement is an affront against China and Russia as well as against all the non-aligned countries (118 states).
When my former head of office Sergio Viera de Mello and other UN colleagues were killed in an assault in August 2003 in Baghdad, I explained in an interview that this was partly due to the fact that the Iraquis had regarded the UN as an imperialistic branch of NATO and probably continue to do so even today. That is why my good colleagues became a target of the assault.
We must not forget that NATO used to participate in illegal wars, such as the 2003 war in Iraq (violating article 2.4 of the UN Charter, as the then UN General Secretary Kofi Annan frequently stated). Moreover, NATO is to be blamed for war crimes on the Balkans, in Irak and in Afghanistan. The use of DU weapons must be called crimes against humanity as well.
The General Assembly must deal with this UN-NATO agreement by all means, and state its unlawfullness.

Prof Dr iur et phil Alfred de Zayas, retired UN offical, former Secretary of the UN  Human Rights Committee


    Joint Declaration on UN/NATO Secretariat Cooperation

The Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, welcoming over a decade of cooperation between the United Nations and NATO in support of the work of the United Nations in maintaining international peace and security, and desiring, in the spirit of the 2005 World Summit Outcome, to provide a framework for expanded consultation and cooperation between their respective Secretariats, have agreed to the following:

1. We, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, reaffirm our commitment to the maintenance of international peace and security.

2. Our shared experiences have demonstrated the value of effective and efficient coordination between our Organizations. We have developed operational cooperation, for example, in peacekeeping in the Balkans and Afghanistan, where UN-authorized NATO-led operations work alongside UN peace operations. We have also worked together and collectively with other partners in support of regional and sub-regional organizations. In addition, NATO provided assets and personnel to Pakistan in support of UN disaster relief operations in 2005. Our cooperation is guided by the UN Charter, internationally recognized humanitarian principles and guidelines, and consultation with national authorities.

3. Further cooperation will significantly contribute to addressing the threats and challenges to which the international community is called upon to respond. We therefore underscore the importance of establishing a framework  for consultation and dialogue and cooperation, including, as appropriate, through regular exchanges and dialogue at senior and working levels on political and operational issues. We also reaffirm our willingness to provide, within our respective mandates and capabilities, assistance to regional and sub-regional organizations, as requested and as appropriate.

4. Understanding that this framework should be flexible and evolving over time, we agree to further develop the cooperation between our organizations on issues of common interest, in, but not limited to, communication and information-sharing, including on issues pertaining to the protection of civilian populations; capacity-building, training and exercises; lessons learned, planning and support for contingencies; and operational coordination and support.

5. Our cooperation will continue to develop in a practical fashion, taking into account each Organizations specific mandate, expertise, procedures and capabilities, so as to contribute to improving international coordination in response to global challenges.

Done in New York on 23 September 2008

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer                                 BAN Ki-Moon

Secretary General of the                               Secretary-General

North Atlantic Treaty Oranization                    of the United Nations

Source: Geheimabkommen zwischen Uno und Nato kann nicht im Sinne der Weltgemeinschaft sein (Zeit-Fragen) and Tlaxcala

Original article published on 24/11/2008

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