Sunday, October 28, 2012

Guatemala Ambassador for Israel in U.N. Security CouncilGert Rosenthal, Argentina,Cayman Islands NML Capital hedge fund and Genesisintermedia Adnan Kashoggi money launderer Paul Singer

 Guatemalan- Israeli U.N. Security Council Ambassador ,Gert Rosenthal, Argentina,Cayman Islands
NML Capital hedge fund and Genesisintermedia Adnan Kashoggi money launderer Paul Singer

 Guatemala Ambassador for Israel in U.N. Security CouncilGert Rosenthal, Argentina,Cayman Islands NML Capital hedge fund and Genesisintermedia Adnan Kashoggi money launderer Paul Singer

Note below that Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez has called upon Guatemala's U.N. Ambassador,
(Amsterdam born), Gert Rosenthal, who represents Israel and the U.S. with his vote on the U.N.Security Council, rather than Guatemalans whether they be Spanish  or Mayan speakers,to intervene as head of the Security Council to advocate for the return Argentina's naval ship embargoed by Paul Singer's hedge fund, back to Argentine control.Note that Gert Rosenthal is very aware of Paul Singer's involvement with Saudi arms dealer Adnan Kashoggi in the penny stock fraud and money launderingf operation that collapsed coincidentally on 9/11/01.But then again he like the lying US.UN Amabassador Susan Rice and UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon know all too well these Zionist securities and security threats who are allowed to use the U.S.stock marker for all their international financial terrorism activities at te expense of mainly American stock investors who help refill their coffers.Just as all UN 'insiders' with their NATO and EU and international governments connections,that Israeli 'intelligence' in control of Logan Airport Boston on 9/11/01 in the form of Menchem Atzmon,(and thus the Israeli government's !)ICTS International  in control who are responsible for allowing the Egyptian Mohamed Attat and his 15 or so Saudi Arabian accomplises to board
at Logan to supposedly crash into the New York WTC the mornong of 9/1/01 in the first place !

In effect Gert Rosenthal has like Susan Rice and Ban Ki Moon,also come the UN with an agenda to serve international masters and not to represent the people of Guatemala.He also refuses to intervene or take a stand on the Argentia frigate held hostage by his fellow Jewish Zionist Paul Singer in Ghana using not only offsjore acounts such as Cayman Islands to fund his dirty deeds but operating openly in plain viw under the nose of Zionist Mayor Bloomberg whose silence is also an endorsement by him of operating an international  government shakedown operations by known financial criminals such as Paul Singer,using NY City as a base,is alright ! Gert Rosenthal should resign and a Mayan or a Hispanic Guatemalan who can really represent Guatemala 's population rather than the Israel's the U.S.'s or even the EU's would be better for Guatemala and the world.Guatemala has no reason to be deciding to go to war with Syria or any other country particularly in light of its own bloody past that Israel and the U.S. both played a big role in and from which Israel profited financially.

Below brief quote and link tpo an article I wrote about Paul Singer and his Vulture Funds frauds and international shake downs of entire nations such as Peru as well as economic colonies in war torn and resource raped countries of Africa.:

 California Scheming:Rudy Giuliani,Paul Singer,Vulture Funds Africa, GenesisIntermedia, Adnan Khashoggi,W Bush
In many ways it is Adnan Khashoggi as well as Paul Singer who are financing the campaign of Rudy Giuliani through money they made in the GenesisIntermedia pump and dump penny stock scam that collapsed around 9/11/01as well as money stolen from U.S. taxpayers and impoverished countries in Africa as well as Peru who were ripped off by the W Bush-Paul Singer 'Vulture Funds' fraud in which W Bush put U.S. funds in accounts directed at 3rd world debt only to have Mr. Singer come along and empty those accounts for his and the Republican Party's personal cash cow that was used to attempt changing California electoral voting system in favor of Rudy Giuliani and the Republican Party !.............


Gert Rosenthal can't possibly do anything for Guatemalans by placing it on the U.N. Security Council to vote for Israel's and U.S.and NATO wars in the Middle East.And his Zionist pro-Israel bias and brotherhood with international criminals and money launderers such as Paul Singer and his associates such as Adnan Kashoggi and ex NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani who has made a big business of aiding and abetting some of the worst 'securities' and stock fraud criminals on the east coast,makes it highly unlikely he will intervene to solve an international hedge fund's terrorist highjacking of sovereign vessels in international ports.I wonder what Gert Rosenthal's deceased brother who was a maritmie attorney in San Fancisco would think of this mess?
Would he put Israeli American money launderer Paul Singer's interest before international justice that would demand Paul Singer himself go to jail for his financial and stock crimes against Americans or would he be an advocate against Paul Singer's hedge fund using using money made from securities fraud to threaten a sovereign nation seeking refuge uin a foreign port !? 

Upfront: Killing in a small town - Pacific Sun
5 Nov 2010 – A year later, the murder of Tiburon's Joan Rosenthal remains a mystery ... agencies, knew Joan Rosenthal and her husband, Ken, for more than 30 years. ... A retired attorney who specialized in admiralty and maritime personal-injury ... His brother, Gert Rosenthal, serves as the permanent representative of ...

Cristina Fernandez: They can stay with the ship, but not sovereignty Argentina

They’ve, pursued the country’s assets around the globe, attempting to seize the presidential plane and menacing the Argentine booth at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Now they have a big and bizarre fish on the hook: an Argentine naval vessel. NML Capital, a subsidiary of U.S. billionaire Paul Singer’s Elliott Capital, this week won an injunction in Ghanaian superior court to hold the ARA Libertad in the port city of Tema, on the outskirts of the African nation’s capital.......-from forbes with link and further quote below.:

 The Real Story Of How A Hedge Fund Detained A Vessel In Ghana And Even Went For Argentina's 'Air Force One'

Caracas, 22 Oct. AVN. - On Monday the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez, said that "vulture funds" have violated all international laws in reference to the retention of the frigate Libertad in Ghana port while said "will stay with the ship but not the freedom and sovereignty of the nation.''
The president, who led a ceremony at the Casa Rosada, have emphasized that the "crooked vultures" who "violated all the rules of international law, to seize our frigate Libertad in an African port, believing it will pressure or blackmail the country ", as quoted by the website of Telesur.
The Liberty was immobilized Frigate in the port of Tema (south) on 2 October by port authorities in Ghana, following an appeal from NML Capital hedge fund based in the Cayman Islands, claiming payment of $ 370 million by Argentina.
The ship sailed on June 2 from the port of Buenos Aires (capital of Argentina) to meet their annual training trip and played, among other ports of Brazil, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Portugal, Spain, Morocco and Senegal.
Fernandez confirmed the defense of sovereignty and in that sense Argentina said:'' While I am president, it will be with the frigate, but no vulture fund will stay the sovereignty and dignity of this country. "
"I will not give up any of my beliefs, I believe in what I do, the day I stop being president is no longer my responsibility ',' he said.
On Saturday the nation Argentina raised a warning to Ghana expressing their intention to continue to uphold the rights enshrined in international law and taking responsibility in retaining the frigate Libertad, who has immunities set out in various international conventions, as such emphasized that this is an illegal situation.
Through a Foreign Ministry statement said Ghana Argentina is a signatory to international treaties such as the Convention of the United Nations (UN) on the law of the sea.
So Chancellor Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, delivered Monday at the United Nations (UN) a document to 'know the action from the international point against frigate is illegal. "
"We have asked the Ambassador Gert Rosenthal (President of the Security Council of the UN) to circulate a dossier brought Argentina to the other members of the organization are aware of the action from the international spot against frigate is illegal," he said.
AVN 10/22/2012 23:33


 Elliot Associates | Hedge Fund Notes

 The following is our Hedge Fund Tracker profile for Elliot Associates.

Resource #1: (6.8.09) He is hardly your average movie investor. He cultivates his privacy, and he heads a $13 billion hedge fund that, unlike those run by Carl Icahn and others, rarely mounts a proxy fight. But while most Hollywood bankers have turned off the money spigot, billionaire Paul Singer's Elliott Associates appears to be stepping up its investments. Last year the firm lent money to film investor Ryan Kavanaugh, who is providing financing for as much as 75% of Universal Studio's films through 2011. In recent days movie moguls have been buzzing that the hedge fund could be eyeing a play for the debt-hobbled MGM studio by buying up a small piece of the iconic film company's nearly $4 billion in debt.

It would be easy to pass off Singer as another well-heeled investor who has trooped into Hollywood since the days of Howard Hughes only to be sent packing after getting skinned by an industry where profits are sometimes as illusionary as the stuff they put on screen. source

Resource #2: Elliott Management Corporation manages the Elliott Associates, L.P. hedge fund and its offshore equivalent the Elliott International, LTD hedge fund. The firm uses an opportunistic approach and invests in different types of vehicles depending on market conditions including common and preferred stocks.
The firm tends to focus on distressed opportunities in industrial stocks, real estate, emerging markets debt, and private placement convertibles. The firm often takes an active role in its investments, seeking to unlock shareholder value. Elliott uses relatively little leverage.
On May 24, Elliott Associates disclosed a 6.3% stake in Packeteer (PKTR) in a SC 13D filing. Elliott believes the PKTR Board should be directing its attention to a prompt sale of the Issuer. Here is an excerpt from the filing:

Shareholders of New York-based Bioenvision (NASDAQ: BIVN) have yet to vote on Genzyme’s (NASDAQ: GENZ) much-maligned $5.60-per-share offer for the firm, but one of them is making its intentions clear now. In a scathing letter to the Bioenvision board dated yesterday, Hedge fund Elliott Associates wrote that it is “extremely dissatisfied with the proposed Genzyme transaction” and will not vote for it.

In the letter, Elliott said that it and its sister fund, Elliott International, own approximately 6.7 percent of Bioenvision’s common stock. In fact, a recent SEC filing shows that Elliott has been squirreling away Bioenvision shares throughout the summer—with significant purchases after Genzyme announced its takeover bid.

The practices of 'vulture funds' which buy up cheap soveriegn debt on the secondary markets, and then sue for full-repayment plus interest, came to international attention this week. The spotlight is on a New York based hedge fund called Elliott Associates L.P. who sued the Peruvian government to make a $47 million profit on debt bought for just $11 million. In the process, the hedge fund nearly caused the Peruvian government to default on their Brady bond payments. Jubilee 2000, who are campaigning for a fair and transparent process of debt cancellation so that debtors and creditors get equal treatment, said that the recent developments in Peru were clear evidence that new controls are needed. source

Resource #3: Hedge Fund Elliot Associates reduced its offer for Epicor Software, a leading provider of business software solutions, to US$7.50 per share on November 4. This came hot on the heels of Epicor's board of directors' unanimously rejection of Elliot's first offer of US$9.50 per share on October 28. Tom Kelly, president and CEO of Epicor, said that 'the offer made by Elliott Associates is highly conditional and opportunistic and would deprive stockholders from benefiting from the value associated with Epicor's current and planned retail and ERP (enterprise resource planning) business software.'source

Resource #4: In many ways it is Adnan Khashoggi as well as Paul Singer who are financing the campaign of Rudy Giuliani through money they made in the GenesisIntermedia pump and dump penny stock scam that collapsed around 9/11/01as well as money stolen from U.S. taxpayers and impoverished countries in Africa as well as Peru who were ripped off by the W Bush-Paul Singer 'Vulture Funds' fraud in which W Bush put U.S. funds in accounts directed at 3rd world debt only to have Mr. Singer come along and empty those accounts for his and the Republican Party's personal cash cow that was used to attempt changing California electoral voting system in favor of Rudy Giuliani and the Republican Party ! source

Resource #5: SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Elliot Associates LP, a hedge fund with an activist bent, said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday that it has a 9.9% stake in Puerto Rican bank R&G Financial Corp.

New York-based Elliott said it owns warrants that can be exchanged for 3,249,323 shares of R&G
Elliott has a history of trying to influence the management and strategies of the companies in which it invests. The fund recently joined Carl Icahn to criticize Lexar Media's LEXR: agreement to be acquired by Micron Technology MU. source


Argentine defense chief takes blame for warship seizure
Xinhua | 2012-10-26 13:20:23 
Argentine Defense Minister Arturo Puricelli Thursday accepted the blame for an impounded warship fiasco that has caused the dismissal of several top government officials and strained the country's ties with Ghana.

He issued a statement shortly after 279 sailors on the ship landed in Buenos Aires early Thursday, saying he was ultimately responsible for putting the naval training ship Libertad on the path to being impounded at Ghana's Tema Port on October 2 by approving the itinerary.

The warship, along with its crew and marine trainees, was seized by a Ghananian court, acting on a claim by a US investment fund that Argentina owed billions of dollars on expired government bonds after the economic collapse about 10 years ago which led the nation to default on its debt.

While most of the sailors have arrived in Buenos Aires, chartering an Air France flight, the ship is still trapped at the port in Ghana, and a skeleton crew of about 40 people remained on board to operate and maintain the vessel.

So far, four senior defense ministry officials have been dismissed over the ship's seizure. Puricelli had presented his resignation to President Cristina Fernandez, but it was rejected.

The New York-based investment fund NML Capital Limited had filed its suit with a Ghana court to demand 102 billion dollars, plus interest, from the Argentinean government.

In several official statements, the Argentine government said it refused to negotiate "with vulture funds" or to pay a 20-million-dollar deposit and demanded the ship's return, saying Ghana was breaking international laws.

President Fernandez criticized the investment funds on Monday, saying they could take the ship, but not the country's sovereignty.

"As long as I am president, they can take the warship, but they cannot take the nation's liberty, sovereignty and dignity," said Fernandez.

Foreign Minister Hector Timerman even took the case to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's and the Security Council, though Guatemalan Ambassador Gert Rosenthal, current president of the Security Council, explained the council has no jurisdiction over the matter.

Puricelli absolved Argentina's Foreign Ministry of any responsibility in the matter, saying "I am the one who approves the schedule" of the ship.

He added the "strategic" decision to include Ghana in the ship's route was intended to promote "closer ties between Argentina and Africa."

 Argentina reclama liberación de su fragata en Ghana
El canciller argentino Héctor Timerman llegó este lunes a la sede de la ONU en Nueva York para reclamar al Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas y a su secretario general Ban Ki-moon la liberación de la fragata "Libertad", retenida en Ghana por un embargo judicial. (AFP)
 Timerman se reunió a primera hora con el presidente del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU, el embajador guatemalteco Gert Rosenthal, para informar a ese órgano del incidente, antes de sostener encuentros con Ban Ki-moon y el presidente de la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas, Vuk Jeremic.

"Hemos solicitado al embajador Rosenthal que, como presidente del Consejo de Seguridad, haga circular entre sus miembros una documentación que trajo la República Argentina para que los demás miembros del Consejo de Seguridad conozcan la situación en la que se encuentra una acción que desde el punto de vista del derecho internacional es completamente ilegal", dijo Timerman.

"El embargo de un buque de guerra que está amparado por las inmunidades del tratado del derecho del mar implica un grave riesgo para todas las naves militares que están navegando hoy en día por los océanos del mundo (...). Ghana estaría destrozando un derecho que garantiza el normal funcionamiento de la navegación militar", advirtió.
 El buque escuela argentino "Libertad" fue retenido el pasado 2 de octubre en el puerto de Tema, en Ghana, tras la demanda del fondo especulativo NML, con sede en las Islas Caimán, que reclama más de 370 millones de dólares a Buenos Aires por el "default" de su deuda en 2001.

Para Argentina, la decisión del juez de retener el navío constituye un acto violatorio de los tratados internacionales y por ello Timerman fue enviado por la presidenta Cristina Kirchner a la ONU.

El gobierno argentino reclama la aplicación de un principio que data de 1926 y según el cual "los buques de guerra tiene un carácter de inmunidad frente a todo tipo de demandas entre particulares, o un particular y un Estado o entre Estados", recordó Timerman.

De su lado, Gert Rosenthal explicó que el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU no puede ocuparse de la cuestión, aunque afirmó que el problema afecta el "derecho internacional".

"Tuvimos una conversación sobre este incidente. Yo le explicaba al canciller y él también lo sabe que el Consejo de Seguridad se ocupa del mantenimiento de la paz y la seguridad mundiales y que este caso no precisamente amenaza la paz mundial", sostuvo el representante guatemalteco.

"Dicho eso, sí hay de por medio el respeto del derecho internacional y eso es un tema que nos preocupa mucho, no tanto como consejo de Seguridad solo sino como país miembro de Naciones Unidas. Claramente aquí hay un problema de derecho internacional que afecta no solo a la República Argentina sino a todos los países del planeta", agregó.

Rosenthal indicó que "Naciones Unidas está del lado del cumplimiento del derecho internacional" y que "el derecho de mar claramente libera las naves del Ministerio de Defensa o naval de los gobiernos miembros, les da estatus diplomático".

Guatemala ocupa hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2013 una de las dos bancas rotativas de América Latina en el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU. Colombia tiene la otra, que pasará justamente a manos de Argentina el próximo 1 de enero.

El fondo NML Capital, que logró la resolución judicial en Ghana, se negó a entrar en el canje con importantes quitas que Argentina realizó entre 2005 y 2010 para unos 100.000 millones de dólares de deuda en "default", y al que se plegó el 93% de los acreedores.

Mientras tanto, y en medio de todo este despliegue diplomático, la tripulación del "Libertad" esperaba su evacuación, anunciada el sábado por la presidenta Kirchner.

La tripulación está compuesta por 326 personas, en su mayoría argentinos, pero también cuenta con ocho marinos de Uruguay, 15 de Chile, y otros procedentes de Brasil, Paraguay, Ecuador, Sudáfrica y Venezuela.

Guatemala UN Security Council Ambassador Gert Rosenthal,Israel and General Rios Montt

  Guatemala UN  Security Council Ambassador Gert Rosenthal,Israel and General Rios Montt

Zionist UN Ambassador of Guatemala and Israeli Gert Rosenthal and Maya,Christian and Islamic
Palestinian Holocausts

In 1982, Ríos Montt told ABC News that his success was due to the fact that "our soldiers were trained by Israelis."  

Apparently with all of  Guatemala's or more so Israel's  'Permanent Ambassador' to the U.N.,Gert Rosenthal's,conflict of interest in placing Guatemala or himself,as head of the U.N. Security Council and lecturing Syria's government for NATO,the U.S.and Israel and their Islamo-fascist allies in Saudi Arabia who aided 9/11 about how not to behave,he himself  has ignored the centuries old ongoing struggle of the Guatemala Maya people who deserve representaion on the U.N. Security Council to say 'never again' to Israel and its military-industrial complex for having been targeted by Israeli military complex and falsely accused of being followers of the Israeli's own historic member of the Jewish brootherhood,Carl Marx !
In light of the recent shooting of indigenous Guatelaman Maya people in Totonicapan it is more urgent than ever that Guatemala has a U.N. Ambassador whose interests lie more in making peace in Guatemala and protecting Mayan and hispanic Guatemalan's human and environmental rights than being a yes man for U.S. and Israeli war interests on the other side of the planet.A UN Ambassador to Guatemala who persues and fights arms trafficking in Guatemala rather than covering up U.S.Israeli and Saudi and Kuwaiti arms trafficking and Al Qaeda arming in Syria,Iraq,Libya,etc..! And a U.N. Ambassador to Guatemala who will help complete the investigation begun but never completed by Catholic Archbishop Gerardi and his Truth Commission into the truth about the holocaust perpetraited against the Maya that included the complicity of Israel as well as certain Christian protestant 'missionaries' with probable CIA connections,who were allowed to 'prosyletize' in the very same areas where General Effrain Rios-Montt had selected for Mayan communities ond people for extermination ! If Gert Rosenthal is willing to cover up the Israeli and thus Jewish holocaust against the Maya then he is certainly not fit to represent Guatemalans and only proves that the far right Israeli elite ,the Rothschild-ean Zionist UK elite,the U.S.elite and their Islamo-fascist allies in Libya,Saudi Arabia,Dubai ,and NATO are his true masters and he is a false representative of Guatemala before  the UN ! ).

Efraín Ríos Montt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaín_Ríos_MonttCached - Similar
In 1982, Ríos Montt told ABC News that his success was due to the fact that "our soldiers were trained by Israelis." There was not much outcry in Israel at the time ... ..........................................

Guatemala's Foreign Minister and close Bush administration ally, Gert
Rosenthal. Guatemala has among the worst human rights records in Latin
America and its government is rife with evangelical fundamentalist
Christians and Opus Dei Catholics. Its security services possess the
latest in population surveillance technology thanks to Israeli
companies like Tadiran.

Take your choice of Gert Rosenthal's or Gert Rosenthal Koenigsberger biographies.He was born in 'Guatemala  on 11 September 1935' according to the U.N. at link below and in Amsterdam on on 24 of September  1935 in the spanish version and born in Holland,presumably Amsterdam,I suppose.
Gert Rosenthal was born in the Republic of Guatemala on 11 September 1935. He graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economic Sciences from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala, and went on to post-graduate studies in economics at the University of Berkeley, California, where he finished his MBA in 1958.

Jimbo Wales fraudulent Wikipedia 'encyclopedia' even provides two diffent versions,one in english and the other in spanish.In the english version his mother is Guatemalan and in the spanish version both are 'German Jews''.The english wikipedia version returns his birth date to that of the U.N. document's date of  11 September 1935.In the spanish version it is '24 de septiembre de 1935'.

Gert Rosenthal Koenigsberger (born 11 September 1935) is a Guatemalan diplomat.
He was born in Amsterdam to a German father and Guatemalan mother and came to Guatemala at the age of three. After secondary education in Guatemala, he studied in the United States and received a BA and an MA in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He then pursued further studies in economics at San Carlos University in Guatemala City.

wikpedia spanish versioin.:

 Gert Rosenthal Königsberger (24 de septiembre de 1935 - ), es un
político y diplomático guatemalteco de origen judío-alemán, nació en
Holanda. Sus padres, ambos alemanes, emigraron a Guatemala, país que
ha representado en diversos organismos e instituciones

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  • Palestinian bid for statehood faces rocky road as new UN Security council members announced

    Azerbaijan joins Morocco, Pakistan, Guatemala, and Togo as non-permanent members, in what is shaping to be a more U.S.-friendly UNSC.

    By Shlomo Shamir Tags: Palestinian state Middle East peace UN
    After 16 rounds voting, going back to last weekend, Azerbaijan was voted in as the fifth non-permanent Security Council member on Tuesday, ahead of key UN discussions of a Palestinian bid for statehood.
    Azerbaijan's gambit was all but assured after Slovenia announced it had withdrawn its bid for non-permanent UNSC member.
    The central-Asia nation joins the four other non-permanent members due to take their seat come January 2012, Morocco, Pakistan, Guatemala, and Togo.
    Elections for new UNSC members drew much attention this time around, over an expected vote in the Security Council over whether or not to accept the Palestinian bid for full UN membership.
    The newly elected non-permanent states seems to be more accommodating to U.S. policy, which opposes the Palestinian bid as unilateral, and less promising from the Palestinian point of view.
    This is especially true as result of the inclusion of Guatemala and Togo, who are considered pro western countries, and more supportive of U.S. moves than outgoing members Brazil and Nigeria.
    While Azerbaijan is a Muslim republic, it still operates very much under American influence, and receives aid from Washington. The United States, in turn, maintains a massive military base in the country, serving American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.


    En declaraciones al diario Prensa Libre, Rosenthal, a quien no debería regateársele su meritoria gestión, afirmó: “Aunque el impacto inmediato sobre el ciudadano de (a) pie no es discernible, nuestra economía es muy dependiente de las relaciones internacionales, de manera que si fortalecemos la presencia del país en el mundo, a través de un mayor protagonismo en el ámbito político, al menos existe el potencial de fortalecer nuestro protagonismo en el ámbito económico y financiero”. - El Periodico


    In statements to Prensa Libre, Rosenthal, who should not regateársele his outstanding management, said: "Although the immediate impact on the citizens of (a) foot is not discernible, our economy is very dependent on international relations, so that if we strengthen the country's presence in the world, through a greater role in the political arena, at least there is the potential to strengthen our role in the economic and financial field ".


    This,(Guatemala's new Gert Rosenthal controlled vote in the U.N. Security Council),is not
    a vote for Guatemala or the people of Guatemala and even less for indigenous Mayan people
    of Guatemala.This  is a vote for Israel using the name of Guatemala and controlled by the Zionist Gert Rosenthal, a friend of war criminal George W Bush  and racists and fascists in control of Israel or Palestine and fascist elites of Europe and the United States,NATO and the Rothschild family and other banking and military industrial and drug trafficking elites .
    While many know about  of culpability of the United States and the CIA in the the massacres of Guatemala military against their own people, few know the role of Israeli government fascists,( white people who lie about being  'Semitic' in order to justify taking land illegally from Palestinians using  a system of   religious 'apartheid' justify it),in Central America's anti-communist witch hunts,war crimes and arms and drug trafficking and their Iran Contra and Emmanuel Noriega connections..
    When will Guatemala have a representative  who is Guatemalan or even perhaps better,a Mayan, to represent Guatemala in the United Nations? If Mr. Gert Rosenthal was sincere about just representation for Guatemalan in the United Nations and had  an awareness of the  historic shameful role of of his Israeli  coreligionists in Central American arms trafficking and drug trafficking ,(which he must), he should send his immediate resignation to the government of Guatemala and  advocate for the first Maya representative to the United Nations since its formation.In fact it is not even clear that Mr.Gert Rosenthal was even born in Guatemala in the first place.Some sources state that Amsterdam was really his place of birth.
    Maybe if  not for the death of Catholic Father Juan José Gerardi Conedera,which put an end to his Truth Commission as well,the true history of Israeli as well as U.S.government and CIA role in drug and arms trafficking may have seen  the light of day.I believe the Ambassador of Guatemala or rather Israel to the United Nations Security Council, Gert Rosenthal, could tell us many more details about his coreligionists and  its partners and Israelis involvement in Iran-Contra as well as Guatemala but just as with the case of Bancafe he does not want to do ..
    Gert Rosenthal who admitted,(in Prensa Libre quote above),that the only advantage to Guatemala as a
    Security Council member was the ability to receive bribes for its Security Council vote, only wants to prostitute Guatemala for the purpose of right-wing elites of Israel and the United States and Europe or NATO.If on the other hand  the United States and Israel were forced to compensate for their war crimes  in Guatemala and Central America in the recent decades  this amount would exceed many times the bribes Rosenthal hopes to give some  Guatemala politicians to vote for the endless wars of Israel and the United States and NATO using  the United Nations as the tool .
    Gert Rosenthal is not ethically or culturally qualified to represent the true interests of the people of Guatemala and the CIA's Barack Obama, is not representing the interests of the United  States citizens and even less African-American citizens who are victimized by the same elites that Rosenthal is representing as Guatemala's Ambassador to the UN.Barack Obama is a cowardly and greedy prostitute of the CIA, Mossad and the interests of international bancaros and corrupt Zionistas including Goldman Sachs who are among his greatest contributors.Both Barack Obama and his corrupt Rhodes Scholar black Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, remain silent about the mistreatment of Ethiopian Jews in Israel who are victims of white racist  Zionists of European and NOT Semitic origen who are in control of both Israel amd Palestine as well !
    The notorious death squad leader, Major Roberto D'Aubuisson,
    was trained in Israel. D'Aubuisson and Mossad ordered the assassination of Archbishop
    Oscar Romero and thousands of other organizations the right D'Aubuisson
    Alliance Party Republicana.D Aubuisson sent his son to study in Israel.

     Death squad leader, Major Roberto D'Aubuisson, WAS Trained
    in Israel. I ordered the Mossad and assassination of El Salvador's
    archbishop, plus Thousands of Others. Later the D'Aubuisson Organized
    right-wing National Republican Alliance Party (ARENA). D'Aubuisson
    Sent to study historical are in Israel.

    In 1971, President Carlos Arana said: "If it is necessary to
    convert Guatemala into a cemetery in order to pacify, not
    hesitate to do so. "Mossad built a munitions factory
    Guatemala for Galil rifles manufactuer. Mossad also provides
    Arava armored vehicles and aircraft. In the ensuing war,
    200,000 Indians were killed and entire towns razed Indians.
    "The guerrilla is the fish resistance. If you can not catch the
    fish, you should empty the sea, "said the president of Guatemala, Rios
    Montt in 1982 ............ ~ virtualtruth / guatemal.htm
     1977, as a result of international publicity became
    thepattern revealed the torture and murder, president of
    U.S. Jimmy Carter suspended military aid open. However,
    money and weapons has yet to Guatemala through the CIA.
    Argentina and Chile also helped the Army of Guatemala. "Israel has
    played an important role in Guatemala since 1977, providing
    weapons, building munitions factories, and
    training of soldiers. "

    Israel and Guatemala



    ... The history of Israel's relations with Guatemala roughly parallels that of its ties with El Salvador except the Guatemalan military was so unswervingly bloody that Congress never permitted the ... Reagan Administration to undo the military aid cutoff implemented during the Carter years.

    Weaponry for the Guatemalan military is the very least of what Israel has delivered. Israel not only provided the technology necessary for a reign of terror, it helped in the organization and commission of the horrors perpetrated by the Guatemalan military and police. And even beyond that: to ensure that the profitable relationship would continue, Israel and its agents worked actively to maintain Israeli influence in Guatemala.

    Throughout the years of untrammeled slaughter that left at least 45,000 dead, and, by early 1983, one million in internal exile - mostly indigenous Mayan Indians, who comprise a majority of Guatemala's eight million people - and thousands more in exile abroad, Israel stood by the Guatemalan military. Three successive military governments and three brutal and sweeping campaigns against the Mayan population, described by a U.S. diplomat as Guatemala's "genocide against the Indians," had the benefit of Israeli techniques and experience, as well as hardware.


    Israel began selling Guatemala weapons in 1974 and since then is known to have delivered 17 Arava aircraft. In 1977 at the annual industrial fair, Interfer, Israel's main attraction was the Arava. "An operative Arava is to be parked outside the IAI pavilion for public inspection, although its silhouette in flight is a common sight over the capital and countryside."'

    Referring to the Aravas, Benedicto Lucas Garcia, chief of staff during the rule of his brother Romeo Lucas Garcia (1978-1982) said, "Israel helped us in regard to planes and transportation-which we desperately needed because we've had problems in transferring ground forces from one place to another. By 1982, at least nine of the Aravas had been mounted with gun pods.

    Among the other weapons sold by Israel were 10 RBY armored personnel carriers, three Dabur class patrol boats armed with Gabriel missiles, light cannons, machine guns and at least 15,000 Galil assault rifles. The Galil became Guatemala's standard rifle and Uzis were widely seen as well.

    According to Victor Perera, "Uzis and the larger Galil assault rifles used by Guatemala's special counterinsurgency forces accounted for at least half of the estimated 45,000 Guatemalan Indians killed by the military since 1978"


    When the Reagan Administration took office it was determined to do everything it could for Guatemala. It had promised as much during the election campaign. Never had Ronald Reagan seen a rightist dictatorship he didn't like; during his 1980 campaign he met with a representative of the right-wing business lobby Los Amigos del Pais, and, referring to the Carter Administration's aid cutoff, told him, "Don't give up. Stay there and fight. I'll help you as soon as I get in."

    The Guatemalan far-right apparently helped Reagan get in.

    Guatemalan business leaders reportedly pumped large illegal contributions into the Reagan campaign coffers. Their tentacles reached right into the core of the new administration through the lobbying activities of the Hannaford-Deaver law firm of White House troika member Michael Deaver. Within three days of the Republican victory on 7 November 1980, Hannaford-Deaver were busy arranging a Capitol Hill briefing for Amigos del Pais.

    Congress, however, did not change its attitude about Guatemala, and as late as 1985 remained adamant about denying it military aid. In 1981, Reagan's Secretary of State Alexander Haig "urged Israel to help Guatemala." In July 1985 Israel helped the administration move a shipment of 40 assault rifles with advanced night sights and 1,000 grenade launchers from Israel to Guatemala on a KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) flight.

    In late 1983, the Guerrilla Army of the Poor (EGP) issued a communiqué saying that the previous May a munitions factory producing bullets for Galil rifles and Uzi submachine guns had begun operation in Alta Verapaz. Subsequently the director of Army Public Relations confirmed that the military was producing Galil rifle parts, had begun armor plating its vehicles at the factory, and that the facility would soon be capable of building grenade launchers. The following year the factory began manufacturing entire Galil rifles under license from Israel.

    Israeli advisers set up the factory and then trained the Guatemalans to run it, said Gen. Benedicto Lucas Garcia, who had headed the army at the time. "The factory is now being run by Guatemalans," he added. There are hopes in Guatemala that 30 percent of the plant's output can be sold to Honduras and El Salvador.

    The EGP said in 1983 that there were 300 Israeli advisers in Guatemala, working "in the security structures and in the army." Other reports were less specific as to numbers, but suggested that these Israeli advisers, "some official, others private," performed a variety of functions. Israelis "helped Guatemalan internal security agents hunt underground rebel groups."

    Gen. Lucas said Israeli advisers had come to teach the use of Israeli equipment purchased by Guatemala. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s the Guatemalan police agencies had had extensive U.S. training in "riot control training and related phases of coping with civil disturbances in a humane and effective manner," a euphemism for the terror campaigns in which these forces participated that in 1967-1968 took 7,000 lives while ostensibly fighting a guerrilla force that never numbered more than 450. When Congress forbade U.S. forces to train the internal police forces of other countries-passed in 1974, this law was supplanted in 1985 by legislation that put the U.S. back in the police-guidance business - the Israelis stepped in and "set up their intelligence network, tried and tested on the West Bank and Gaza."

    Israeli noncommissioned officers were also said to have been hired by big landowners to train their private security details. (Under Marcos, Israel did the same in the Philippines. These private squads, together with "off-duty military officers formed the fearsome 'death squads' which later spread to neighboring El Salvador, where they have been responsible for an estimated 20,000-30,000 murders of left-wing dissidents."

    Not only did the Israelis share their experiences and their tactics, they bestowed upon Guatemala the technology needed by a modern police state. During the period Guatemala was under U.S. tutelage, the insurgency spread from the urban bourgeoisie to the indigenous population in the rural highlands; with Israeli guidance the military succeeded in suppressing ... the drive for land and political liberation. The Guatemalan military is very conscious of that achievement, even proud of it. Some officers argue that with the help of the U.S. they could not have quelled the insurgency, as Congress would not have tolerated their ruthless tactics.

    In 1979, the Guatemalan interior minister paid a "secret and confidential" visit to Israel, where he met with the manufacturers of "sophisticated police equipment." In March of the following year Interior Minister Donaldo Alvarez Ruiz was in Israel to conclude an agreement for police training. Following the overthrow of Lucas Garcia, the home of Interior Minister Alvarez was raided, "uncovering underground jail cells, stolen vehicles...[and] scores of gold graduation rings, wrenched from the fingers of police torture victims."

    Israeli advisers have worked with the feared G-2 police intelligence unit. overseen by the army general staff, the G-2 is the intelligence agency - sections charged with "the elimination of individuals" are stationed at every army base - which has been largely responsible for the death squad killings over the last decade. The present civilian government has dissolved the DIT, a civilian organization subordinate to G-2, but not G-2 itself.

    In 1981, the Army's School of Transmissions and Electronics, a school designed and financed by the Israeli company Tadiran to teach such subjects as encoding, radio jamming and monitoring, and the use of Israeli equipment was opened in Guatemala City. According to the colonel directing the school, everything in it came from Israel: the "teaching methods, the teaching teams, the technical instruments, books, and even the custom furniture...designed and built by the Israeli company DEGEM Systems."

    At the opening ceremony the Israeli ambassador was thanked by Chief of Staff Gen. Benedicto Lucas Garcia for "the advice and transfer of electronic technology" which, Lucas said, had brought Guatemala up to date. Calling Guatemala "one of our best friends" the ambassador promised that further technology transfers were in the works.

    Perhaps the most sinister of all the equipment supplied by Israel to Guatemala were two computers. One was in an old military academy and became, as Benedicto Lucas called it, "the nerve center of the armed forces, which deals with the movements of units in the field and so on." The other computer was located in an annex of the National Palace. The G-2 have a control center there, and, since the days of Romeo Lucas Garcia, meetings have been held in that annex to select assassination victims. According to a senior Guatemalan army official, the complex contains "an archive and computer file on journalists, students, leaders, people of the left, politicians, and so on. " This material is combined with current intelligence reports and mulled over during weekly sessions that have included, in their respective times, both Romeo Lucas and Oscar Mejia Victores.

    The bureaucratic procedures for approving the killing of a dissident are well-established. "A local military commander has someone they think is a problem," the officer explains. "So they speak with G-2, and G-2 consults its own archives and information from its agents and the police and, if all coincide, it passes along a direct proposition to the minister of defense. They say, 'We have analyzed the case of such and such a person in depth and this person is responsible for the following acts and we recommend that we execute them."


    Control of the Rural Population

    The aspect of Israeli cooperation with Guatemala with the most serious implications is the role played by Israeli personnel in the universally condemned rural "pacification" program. Extreme maldistribution of land-exacerbated by encroachment on indigenous land-was a major cause of the present rebellion. After trying several different approaches, the military, under Rios Montt, embarked on a resolution of the problem, substituting forced relocation and suppression for equitable land distribution.

    In 1982 Israeli military advisers helped develop and carry out 'Plan Victoria' the devastating scorched earth campaign which Rios Montt .unleashed on the highland population. In June 1983, the Guatemalan embassy in Washington confirmed that "personnel sent by the Israeli government were participating in the repopulation and readjustment programs for those displaced." Rios Montt himself told the Washington Times that the Israeli government was giving his administration help with the counterinsurgency plan called "Techo, tortilla y trabajo" (shelter, food and work). The "three T's" followed an earlier Rios program called Fusiles y Fridoles, or beans and bullets, where wholesale slaughter was combined with the provision of life's necessities to those willing to cooperate with the military.

    The success of the government's initially savage but sophisticated campaign against the rebels has come without significant U.S. military assistance, and top field commanders say that none is necessary now to finish the guerrillas.

    "We declared a state of siege so we could kill legally," Rios Montt told a group of politicians. The Roman Catholic Conference of Bishops called what Rios was doing "genocide." Following Rios' overthrow, his successor Mejia Victores continued the program, proclaiming that model villages would be extended throughout the country.

    As the army bombed, strafed and burned village after village, an estimated 100,000 peasants escaped across the border to Mexico or to the mountainous territory controlled by the guerrillas. Others were captured by the military. Many of those who went to the guerrillas were later forced by hunger to surrender themselves to the military. Their fate was confinement in model villages, what were called strategic hamlets during the U.S. assault on Vietnam.


    One of the most oppressive features of Guatemala's pacification program is the "civilian self-defense patrols" whose ranks are filled by coercion, with most joining out of fear of being called subversive, and thus marked for torture or execution.

    Those who do serve in the patrols must "turn in their quota of 'subversives."' Otherwise, "they will be forced to denounce their own neighbors and to execute them with clubs and fists in the village plaza."'

    The patrols are believed by most analysts to have been suggested by Israelis. They have had a profound effect on Mayan society, both psychologically, "a permanent violation of our values or a new negative vision," as the country's Catholic bishops charged, and practically, as long shifts on patrol prevent fulfillment of family and economic obligations

    In 1983 the Guatemalan government estimated that 850 villages in the highlands had "self defense" units. The following year the U.S. embassy inGuatemala estimated that 700,000 men had been enrolled in the units, armed with Israeli assistance. Currently 900,000 men are organized into the civil patrols.


    It is no accident that the Guatemalans looked to the Israelis for assistance in organizing their campaign against the Indians, and having followed their mentors' advice, wound up with something that looks quite a bit like the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza strip. As the Israelis wrecked the local economy and turned the occupied territories into a captive market and a cheap labor pool, the Guatemalan military has made economic activity in the occupied highlands all but impossible.

    As it is openly acknowledged in the Israeli media that the Palestinian population must not be allowed to exceed the Jewish population, it is common knowledge that the Guatemalan military would like to reduce the Mayan population to a minority.

    But most of all there is the unyielding violence of the suppression. The occupation regime Israel has maintained since 1967 over the Palestinians (and its occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights, the Egyptian Sinai and Southern Lebanon) has trained "an entire generation of impose Israeli rule over subject peoples." "The Israeli soldier is a model and an example to us," Gen. Benedicto Lucas said in 1981.

    It was in the coercive resettlement program that Israel's activities in Guatemala intersected most directly with those of the Christian right surrounding the Reagan Administration. This was particularly true during the reign of Rios Montt. Montt was a so-called "born-again Christian," a member ("elder") of the Arcata, California based Church of the Word, a branch of Evangelical Gospel Outreach.

    In Guatemala, the Christian right was interested in converts by the end of 1982 reactionary Protestants had succeeded in recruiting 22 percent of the population to their theology of blind obedience and anti-communism. They were particularly hostile to Catholicism, especially "Liberation Theology," which many of the Guatemalan military deemed responsible for the insurgency.

    Right-wing Christian organizations seemed to be especially drawn to the harsh social control being exerted on the highland Mayans. During the Rios Montt period, foreign fundamentalists were permitted access to military operational zones, while Catholics were turned away-or attacked. During this period "many Catholic rectories and churches in Quiche [a highland province] [were] turned into Army barracks. In late 1983, the Vatican itself protested the murder of a Franciscan priest in Guatemala and the (exiled) Guatemalan Human Rights Commission (CDHG) charged that in the space of several months 500 catechists had been disappeared. In October the police caught and tortured some religious workers.

    Meanwhile, Rios Montt surrounded himself with advisers, both North American and Guatemalan, from his Verbo church, and what appeared to be a loose coalition of right-wing fundamentalist organizations, most notably Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, began an extensive fundraising drive and also started sending volunteers to Ixil Triangle villages under military control. Rios Montt chose Love Lift International, the "relief arm" of Gospel Outreach, Verbo's parent church, to carry the food and supplies purchased with the money raised. Verbo representatives, along with an older evangelical outfit, the Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT/SIL, the latter initials for the Summer Institute of Linguistics, an organization whose CIA connections are long and impeccable and which has often been charged with involvement in massacres of indigenous peoples throughout the Americas), arranged with the government "to take charge of all medical work in the Ixil Triangle, and for all education in Indian areas up to the third grade to be taught in Indian languages with WBT/SIL assistance," through the Behrhorst Clinic. WBT/SIL and the Clinic's parent, the Behrhorst Foundation, incorporated with Verbo Church into the Foundation for Aid to the Indian People (FUNDAPI), whose stated purpose was to channel international Christian donations to refugees and which coordinated volunteers from U.S. right-wing religious organizations.

    Although nothing has yet emerged which definitively ties Israeli activities in Guatemala to those of the religious right, it is reasonable to assume there is contact. Since the late 1970s the government of Israel has devoted considerable energy to befriending such political luminaries of rightist evangelism as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, having turned to these groups after the National Council of Churches passed some mildly reproving resolutions about the Middle East. The Christian extremists tell Israel what it wants to hear. Jerry Falwell found justification in the Bible for an Israelencompassing parts of "lraq, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan and all of Lebanon, Jordan, and Kuwait. Pat Robertson praised the Reagan Administration's veto of a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's invasion of Lebanon with some gobbledygook tying the invasion to the fundamentalist superstition that Israel will be the site of the last battle, Armageddon: "Israel has lit the fuse, and it is a fast burning fuse, and I don't think that the fuse is going to be quenched until that region explodes in flames. That is my personal feeling from the Bible." Robertson urged his viewers to call the White House and voice their support for the Israeli invasion.

    Untroubled by the scene in Armageddon when all the Jews will be converted (or damned), Israel welcomed the "Christian Voice of Hope" radio station and its companion "Star of Hope" television to Southern Lebanon, and, even though proselytizing is illegal in Israel, provided the stations with Israeli government newscasts. Supported by donations from U.S. right-wing evangelicals, and in particular by Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, the stations were "used as a military tool" by the Israeli proxy South Lebanon Army.

    Aside from the religious right and their secular allies, the Guatemalan model villages have been universally condemned. Until 1985 a bipartisan majority opposed the granting of any U.S. aid that would strengthen the development poles. This, of course, stopped short of undercutting support for the "pacification" program, as funds received from U.S. AID and other foreign sources freed up government funds for use on the model villages. In 1984, U.S. AID granted Guatemala $1 million which was used for constructing infrastructure for the model villages. Americas Watch Vice Chairman Aryeh Neier pointed out that humanitarian assistance from the U.S. has "played an essential role in the Guatemalan Army's counterinsurgency programs," enabling the army to distribute (or withhold) food to exact compliance with its resettlement program.


    Abdication of Responsibility

    ... When the U.S. intervened in Guatemala and overthrew its liberal, democratically elected government in 1954, it effectively transferred rule to the country's military, which has held power ever since. Even the civilian presidency of Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro was (with U.S. acquiescence) immediately subjugated by the military. To cite only one example of the continuity that makes the last three tragic decades of Guatemala a U.S. responsibility: the dossiers that formed the basis of the intelligence unit G-2's death squad selection process also date back to 1954. After the fall of the government of Jacobo Arbenz, the army confiscated the membership lists of the many organizations which had blossomed during the all-too-short hiatus between repressive regimes- Guatemala was ruled by the oppressive dictator Jorge Ubico until 1945, when he was bloodlessly replaced by a popular government under Dr. Juan Jose Arevalo-and from these lists culled 70,000 "communists." These files were updated during the 1960s and used for assassinations during a U.S.-supported counterinsurgency. In the 1970s Israel stepped in and helped with the computerization of the whole bloody system.

    It does not take convoluted reasoning to conclude that "both the U.S. and Israel bear rather serious moral responsibility" for Guatemala.



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    I, as an American defrauded in a money laundering operation in shares of a company called
    Endovasc in 2001, was surprised in 2004 by the collapse of Bancafe to discover that Bancafe was Connected to Refco with links to an Austrian bank BAWAG called. Bawag was used for many years by Refco in their illegal operations, but Protected by the corrupt U.S. SEC or Securities and Exchange Commission and international criminal influence and power in Washington, DC and also
    with Israelis as the Grin brothers and the thousand Austro-Jewish millionaire Martin Schlaff.
    This bank was bought by hedge fund Cerberus Group a little after the tragedy of Bancafe and then
    the CIA and the Department of Treasury of the United States was spying Financial transcaciones
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    after this financial intelligence.
    Too bad that the former President of Guatemala who want to write threatens and know the truth about Bancafe and
    Gert Rosenthal hablar.Mi so little does not suspect is that Mr. Juan Carlos Maldonado went to Austria no
    only to visit her sister for many years but also because of the linkages between BAWAG and Refco
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    by Tony Ryals Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 at 9:14 PM


    H.E. Mr. Gert Rosenthal, Chairman of the Delegation

    28 September, 2010

    Statement Summary

    GERT ROSENTHAL (Guatemala) said the financial and economic crisis had had a strong impact on his country’s economic performance. Its national income grew less than one per cent in 2009 due to reduced exports, a contraction in remittances and the collapse of direct foreign investment. That had impacted tax receipts despite multiple initiatives by the Government to increase the tax ratio to deal with increasing demand for social services and public security. Although there had been a modest recovery this year, the intensity of that recovery would depend to a high degree on the uncertain evolution of the international economy.

    Also, during the last decade, a raft of illicit activities related to organized crime had taken root in Guatemala, he continued. Trafficking in persons, arms and drugs, as well as money laundering, had expanded in a manner that was quite worrisome, under the double banner born from organized crime’s capacity to co-opt and intimidate. Drug trafficking, in particular, had weakened democratic institutions. In response to that challenge, the Government had associated itself with the United Nations and friendly countries through bilateral and multilateral cooperation. A visible expression of that cooperation was the establishment of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala. In addition, the country had joined its neighbours in Central America and Mexico in combating regional criminal networks, as reflected in the decisions adopted during and intersectoral meeting of the region’s senior Foreign Relations Ministers, Attorneys-General and police officials, held in Antigua, Guatemala, only a few days ago.

    Continuing, he said Guatemala had been the victim of natural disasters with an unusual frequency, he stated. That reflected the country’s extreme vulnerability to the effects of climate change, given its location in a tropical isthmus. While not fully recovered from the effects of tropical storm Stan which hit at the end of 2005, it was affected by grave drought in 2009 and, in the last few months, the eruption of the Pacaya Volcano, which had caused extensive damage to agricultural production, and tropical storm Agatha in June, affecting 330,000 people and killing 100 people while causing damages estimated at close to a billion dollars.

    Guatemala had employed all the resources within its means to address those challenges but had also appealed for international cooperation. The United Nations had been among the first to respond to its call for assistance. Up till now, the focus had been on the emergency phase of those challenges, but it was imperative to also address the reconstruction and transformation phases as soon as possible. The Government had prepared a detailed plan to take on that task. It had convened an international conference of donors, to be held in Antigua, Guatemala, on 11 an 12 October, to introduce that plan. Finally, he said Guatemala harboured the hope that there would be tangible progress this year in the long-delayed reform of the Security Council. Such progress was crucial in order to provide greater legitimacy to the General Assembly. It would also benefit all the main organs of the United Nations and the Organization in its entirety. He then announced Guatemala’s candidature for Security Council membership for the biennium 2012-2013 in the hope of contributing to the work of the Council.