To: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US Pres George W. Bush, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Summary: We the undersigned demand of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Bush Administration, a full, speedy and transparent, investigation regarding the allegations made against former UN Special Envoy for Kosovo, Marti Ahtisaari, that he was paid by the Albanian mafia to produce his recommendations for the future status of Kosovo as an independent entity, with the results of this investigation to made public. Further, we demand to know whether or not the specific German BND report mentioned below does exist and, if so, who else is implicated in this corruption scandal and what the evidence it against them. Finally, we want to know what action has been and will be taken by the UN, should any and all of these allegation prove true.
1. Whereas, on The Finnish News Agency, STT, published on June 26 and June 27, 2007, two articles stating that the UN Special Envoy for Kosovo was "bought" by the Albanian mafia in order to support independence for Kosovo. The STT articles reported that the information was initially published by the Banja Luka (Republica Srpska, Bosnia & Herzegovina) Daily Fokus on June 21, 2007, entitled "The Albanian Mafia Bought Ahtisaari";2. Whereas, on July 10, 2007, Defense and Foreign Affairs Special Analysis, Volume XXV, No. 56, a product of the well-respected Global Information Service, issued a report confirmed the following facts regarding the Ahtisaari Bribery allegations :
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon requested that the German Federal Intelligence Service, BND, inform him in detail on what was happening in Kosovo, and he received a detailed report on Special Envoy Ahtisaari's activities in Kosovo;
- The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was informed that Albanian separatists in Kosovo had paid for Ahtisaari's plan which proposed ultimate independence for the Serbian province;
- The BND secret service team, headed by Brigadier Luke Neiman, who was directly appointed by the German Government to designate part of the German Secret Service apparatus to the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNOSEK: United Nations Office the Special Envoy for Kosovo), discovered the connection between the Albanian mafia and Marti Ahtisaari. Brig. Neiman had recordings of discussions between Ahtisaari and Albanians; how they transferred money; the banks accounts plus codes in Switzerland and Cyprus;
- One of the BDN recordings revealed the transportation of two-million euros from the Swiss Bank based in the city of Visalia, account number 239700-93457-00097, owned by Exhet Boria, which was masked by an offshore account with a code XS52-KOLER to Ahtisaari's bank account in the Bank of Cyprus, account number 3459346699004533, code VOLANND;
- It was also reported was the visit of two men to UNOSEK, in the presence of Ahtisaari on February 12, 2007, at 06:23 hrs (local time) in one black Mercedes four-wheel drive SUV, with license plate PR-443-22CD, which was confirmed to belong to the Albanian Government in Prishtina. The two visitors carried two silver briefcases which were handed to Ahtisaari. A source inside the UNOSEK facilities confirmed that the briefcases contained cash and were delivered to the UN Special Envoy for Kosovo. Twelve days later, at 17:44 hrs (local), the same car, with the license plates removed, visited UNOSEK but this time it was Exhet Boria himself and two bodyguards that entered the building, carrying again two silver briefcases. Exhet Boria is a Kosovo Albanian figure involved in organized crime and heroin trade in Europe and he is the "right hand" of Behgjet Pacolli, the Albanian billionaire mafia boss, living in Switzerland. The BND agents realized that the four briefcases had diplomatic luggage labels, and noted that they finally arrived in Finland without being checked -- because of the diplomatic tagging -- and were delivered at Ahtisaari's house. The briefcase cash totaled 40-million euros;
- The German agents also confirmed that Ahtisaari had many telephone conversations with Behgjet Pacolli. Furthermore, on February 28, 2007, at 23:47 hrs (local), the BND agents noted the arrival of a NATO KFOR (Kosovo Force) four-wheel drive vehicle carrying two women who were followed by Boria's bodyguard. The women stayed in Ahtisaari's quarters until 05:17 hrs next day, and left with the same car;
- The office of the UN Special Envoy for Kosovo responded to STT that "this is a silly story that comes from the press of Serbia (Bosnia & Herzegovina). We have nothing to add", said Remi Dourlot, Ahtisaari's spokesman based in Vienna. According to STT, the accusations where not commented on by the UN or by Ahtisaari himself;
- The President of the National Assembly of Serbia, Oliver Dulic, has made a formal inquiry into the allegations in order to confirm Ahtisaari's involvement with Albanian organized crime;
- The GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs station in south-eastern Europe has conducted research in the Balkans and from secure sources it was revealed that the BND report does indeed exist, and that the information contained is not "Serbian fiction" but a reality;
- The same research also revealed additional secure and confirmed information that the former KLA leader, Hashim Thaci (also known as "the snake" of KLA), had made a plan of "100 days" for Kosovo's independence. The first session of the Kosovo Parliament would, under the plan, then decide and announce Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence (UDI);
- Meanwhile, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs sources confirmed that the BND report also contained extensive additional information on the involvement in corrupt activities of other international community personalities involved in Kosovo;
4. Whereas, "The Ahtisaari Plan for Kosovo" encourages UN member states to violate the charter of the United Nations, violate the precepts of the "Helsinki Final Act" (signed by 35 member states in 1975, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Vatican, and what was Soviet Union and Yugoslavia), and violate UN SC Resolution 1244 which specifically preserves Serbia's territorial integrity.
5. Whereas, the Bush Administration's position on the issue of Kosovo has been in support of "The Ahtisaari Plan", and there is evidence pointing to the Ahtisaari Plan's recommendations having been the result of corruption;
We, the undersigned, demand of UN Secretary Ban Ban Ki-moon and the Bush Administration, a full and transparent investigation of the Ahtisaari corruption allegations in public view. If Mr. Ahtisaari is innocent, he deserves to have his names cleared of such allegations. If not, we want to know the evidence against him. We want to know if the above-mentioned BND report does exist, and if so, what additional information on the involvement in corrupt activities of "other international community personalities involved in Kosovo" this report contains. And if the allegations prove to be substantiated, what action does the UN intend to take to deal with this corruption?
As taxpayers, who tax dollars finance the UN's entire existence, we are entitled to no less than full disclosure of any potential corruption of the UN -- especially when it affects the foreign policies of nations, leading to potential wars and unnecessarily putting the lives of our military men and women at risk!