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[casi] The US and coercion..


Ambassador punished

     NEW YORK  The U.N. ambassador of Mauritius, Jagdish Koonjul, was
recalled by his government because he did not openly back Washington's position on
Iraq in the U.N. Security Council, diplomats said.
     The Mauritian foreign minister, Anil Gayan, was quoted as telling reporters
that Mr. Koonjul had not followed instructions and "gave the impression that
Mauritius was against the U.S.-drafted resolution on Iraq," the Pan African News
Agency reported.
     Mr. Koonjul, a favorite of journalists and many diplomats, left for Port
Louis, the Mauritian capital, on Friday, diplomats said. He had not opposed the
draft U.S. resolution openly, but he did not endorse it publicly either.
     Mauritius began its two-year term on the 15-member council in January 2001
after a successful U.S. campaign against the candidacy of Sudan. President Bush is
planning a visit there in January.


Mauritius' U.N. Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul had said, "As long as we do not
have an agreement on a resolution, we feel that there are enough (existing)
resolutions which will allow the inspectors to carry out their work," he said.

That is why the man was punished...


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