Fishbowl must have heard this wrong, somehow. But the AP says that the UN will report tomorrow that the slaughter in the Sudanese region of Darfur wasn’t genocide. Kofi Annan said that while the tens of thousands of murders, ethnic cleansings and rapes don’t quite qualify, “there is no doubt that serious crimes have been committed.”
When Kofi fired his longtime second-in-command Syed Iqbal Riza (he who made his boss pay special attention to Rwanda, as well) last December, the GS promised to shake things up. And so, after exactly 11 days on the job as the UN’s new official voice to the press, former UNDP head Mark Malloch Brown is about to get his first facial egg sandwich. We don’t think the flacks in the Press & Public Affairs Section have been fired yet. But Mark: After letting your boss go this wrong before the official news is even out, you might want to think about it.