The United Nations will not be taking part in a conference in Bahrain to present the economic aspects of a US peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians, a spokesman said Thursday.
"At this stage, I'm not aware that we will have anyone present," said UN spokesman Farhan Haq when asked about UN attendance at the conference.
The spokesman initially said that the UN's Middle East coordinator, Nickolay Mladenov, had been invited to the June 25-26 conference in Manama, but would not be attending.
He later corrected his statement to say that Mladenov had not been invited.
So, was Mladenov invited or not?
I can see why Greenblatt and Kushner might not want the UN to attend. The UN has nothing to contribute to peace, period. Its actions have made things far worse than they would be if it didn't exist.
On the other hand, Mladenov has been a far better Middle East coordinator than previous UN officials. He might have been invited. If there was an invitation and it was spurned, it just proves the point that the UN isn't interested in peace or in helping Palestinians on the ground.