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 The sanctioning of political interference is putting the independence of international organisations under threat. So, why is the New Zealand Government not up in arms?
The controversial decision came out of the blue. It was on April 22, 2002, that the Conference of the States Parties of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) voted to terminate the appointment of its director-general, Jose Bustani of Brazil. The political initiative came from the US, which earlier that year had suddenly alleged gross mismanagement. Bustani countered, claiming that the US wanted to eliminate him because he had encouraged Iraq to become an OPCW member state, and to open itself to OPCW inspections. This might, he contended, …