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V.P. Sam-Sumana did not attend U.N. ...And So What?
By Commentary culled from a FACEBOOK update by Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Oct 11, 2013, 17:08
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Just what are all these noisy insults of the Sierra Leone Head of State supposedly on behalf of the Honourable Vice-President Sam-Sumana not being sent to America to address the United Nations? Generally, when a Head of Government decides not to address the U.N. General Assembly, the person sent to represent the country is the Foreign Minister. Fact!! Also, the World Bank event with Black Americans had our President present by video conferencing.

 

Take a look at the official U.N. statistics from the UN General Assembly website. Almost eighty (80) Heads of Governments did not attend the U.N. this year; of which over seventy (70) of them sent their Foreign Ministers or Ambassadors to represent their countries at the U.N. Examine the data and ask yourself what is all the preaching from the pulpit really about?


President Koroma did not go the U.N. last year and he sent his Foreign Minister, J.B. Dauda instead. Hon Sam-V.P. Sumana did not go last year either and there was no noise over this last year. So what is behind the noise this year? Why is a highly respected  and otherwise distinguished reverend of our Methodist Synod, taking to the pulpit to berate the supposed absence of representation by the VP?


The wise old ones amongst the Krios say, Heart No To Bone and so the persistent, unwarranted and very public denigrating of His Excellency the President by the Honourable Vice-Presidents media and public relations handlers will not gladden the heart of the President; no not at all! Our President is only human.It is unfair to be constantly bashing the President over a supposed sidelining of VP Sam-Sumana; HEART NO TO BONE.


Meanwhile, the List of Foreign Ministers who represented their countries at this years U.N. General Assembly are published with this update.

 

EDITORS NOTE: Please see below for the list.


Foreign Ministers representing their States at 2013 U.N. General Assembly


Cameroon
  (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo 

Norway (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Espen Barth Eide 

Cuba  (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla 

Algeria  (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Ramtane Lamamra 

Sierra Leone  (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Samura Kamara

Greece (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Evangelos Venizelos  

Germany (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Guido Westerwelle 

Russia (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr. Sergey Lavrov 

Burundi  (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Laurent Kavakure 

Mexico  (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Jos Antonio Meade Kuribrea 

Benin  (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Nassirou Bako Arifari 

South Korea (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Yun Byung-se 

North Korea (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Pak Kil Yon 

China (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Wang Yi 

Uzbekistan  (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Abdulaziz Kamilov 

Australia (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mrs.  Julie Bishop 

Netherlands (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  F. C. Gerardus Maria Timmermans 

Congo (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Basile Ikouebe 

Sudan  (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Ali Ahmed Karti 

Kazakhstan (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Erlan A. Idrissov 

Indonesia (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Marty Natalegawa 

Afghanistan (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Zalmai Rassoul 

Finland (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Erkki Tuomioja 

Venezuela (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Elas J. Jaua Milano 

Luxembourg (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Jean Asselborn  

Romania (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Titus Corltean 

Belarus (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Vladimir Makei 

Egypt (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Nabil Fahmy 

Kyrgyzstan (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Erlan Abdyldayev 

Azerbaijan (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Elmar Maharram oglu Mammadyarov 

Armenia (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Edward Nalbandyan 

Mauritania (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Ahmed Teguedi 

Canada (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  John Baird 

Yemen (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Abubaker al-Qirbi 

U.A.E. (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan 

Singapore (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  K. Shanmugam 

Bahrain (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa 

Oman (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Yousef Bin Al-Alawi Bin Abdulla 

Iceland  (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson 

Liechtenstein (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mrs.  Aurelia Frick 

Belize (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Wilfred Elrington 

Morocco (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Saad-Eddine El Othmani 

Eritrea (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Osman Mohammed Saleh  

Nicaragua (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Samuel Santos Lpez 

Saint Lucia (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Alva Romanus Baptiste 

Hungary (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Jnos Martonyi 

Guinea (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Franois Lounceny Fall 

Philippines (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Albert F. del Rosario 

Barbados (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mrs.  Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean 

Myanmar (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Wunna Maung Lwin 

Bhutan (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Lyonpo Rinzin Dorje 

Suriname (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Winston G. Lackin 

Grenada (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Nickolas Steele 

Maldives (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mrs.  Mariyam Shakeela 

Botswana (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Phandu T. C. Skelemani 

Holy See (The Vatican) (Minister of External Affairs)

Mr.  Archbishop Dominique Mamberti 

Dominican Rep. (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Mr.  Jose Manuel Trullols

 

Permanent Representatives to the UN who represented their countries at this years U.N. General Debate

Cambodia

Mr.  Kosal Sea 

Dominica

Mr.  Vince Henderson 

Togo

Mr.  Kodjo Menan 

Ecuador

Mr.  Xavier Lasso Mendoza 

Sao Tome and Principe

Mr.  Carlos Filomeno Agostinho Das Neves 

Denmark

Mr.  Ib Petersen


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