Maurice Strong Stepping Aside At UN
Maurice Strong is stepping down from his UN post.
Maurice Strong, a long-time Canadian businessman and currently the top UN envoy for North Korea, will suspend his work for the United Nations while investigators look into his ties to a South Korean businessman accused in the UN oil-for-food scandal in Iraq.
The Sri Lankans would like to talk to him, too.
Even as the association of Canadian Maurice Strong with “Koreagate Man” Tungsun Park was coming under world limelight, Sri Lankans were starting to demand answers about where the $425 million promised by Canada to tsunami victims is.
Four months after the tsunami hit, Sri Lankans still don’t have their money. Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin rushed to the scene for a weeklong photo op. Generous Canadians donated record amounts of money on line.
The Canadian government promised to match dollar for dollar, donations from the public. But the promised mega millions never arrived.
According to veteran newsman Garth Pritchard, in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of last December’s tsunami, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is allegedly holding the $425-million.
Kofi Annan’s special envoy to Korea Maurice Strong, also a senior advisor to Prime Minister Paul Martin, was the founding president of CIDA.
Strong is also known as the “architect” of the Kyoto protocols.