After claiming he received death threats from Georgia, Frank Tetzel, Editor in Chief for Fair-Economics, a leading German publication based in Berlin, today urged delegations attending the UNWTO General Assembly in China next week to vote NO for the UNWTO Secretary-General Elect Pololikashvil confirmation. Frank Tetzel is also an investigative reporter for the German edition of Huffington Post.
Tetzel today issued an open letter addressing all UNWTO delegates. Does his opinion piece make a strong case for not ratifying proposed Secretary-General Elect, Zurab Polikashivil?
Specifically, Tetzel, a citizen of Germany, is addressing the German delegation to the UNWTO General Assembly and German tourism politicians to raise awareness of the insidious election manipulation Georgia is continuing to engage in to ensure their candidate is confirmed next week at the General Assembly in Chengdu.
As part of the German free press, Tetzel has performed extensive due diligence on the Georgia candidate as part of the background for articles related to the UNWTO Secretary-General election. Tetzel has received extraordinary personal attention with multiple threats from individuals in Georgia, hoping to discourage his pursuit to learn more about Polikashivili and his past.
Článek a otevřený dopis společnosti Tetzel byl dnes zveřejněn v časopisech Fair Economics a The Huffington Post. Klikněte zde pro čtení:
Dear Members of the German Economic Ministry of Tourism, and Delegates of the UNWTO Valné shromáždění:
Před koncem aktuálního zasedání německého parlamentu bych rád sdílel znepokojení, které je podle mého názoru naléhavá záležitost, která vyžaduje okamžitou pozornost a opatření.
I would like to ask you to urge our representative at the tourism unit to make the right decision related to the election for the UNWTO Secretary-General and confirmation for Zurab Pololikashvili,. This is not a campaign, but the issue is for Germany to remain believable in a UN agency. Let me explain what has happened.
Mnohokrát mi bylo vyhrožováno prostřednictvím telefonních hovorů s touto zprávou: „Pokud miluješ svou rodinu, raději přestaň s vyšetřováním.“ ID volajícího ukazovalo číslo v zemi Gruzie. Volající před odpojením tento požadavek několikrát zopakoval.
Když jsem se pokusil zavolat na toto číslo, bylo mi řečeno v anglickém a gruzínském jazyce, že toto číslo není v provozu. Podal jsem dvě trestní oznámení na „neznámé“ u berlínské policie a u berlínské prokuratury.
I suggested to German authorities this threat may be in connection with my research on the UNWTO Secretary General election process for Zurab Pololikashvili, during the 105th UNWTO Executive Council in Madrid in last May. I have published a number of articles in Fair Economics and HuffPost to disclose irregularities related to this election. I discussed this issue with politicians and have tried to investigate further.
My research on the designated Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili,, has produced remarkable facts and inconsistencies which have since been documented. For example, on the Internet, there is no evidence of a past of the candidate, almost as if the Internet had been cleansed of the past life of the designated UNWTO Secretary General. Neither his role in the management of TBC Bank, one of the largest Georgian banks, nor his ministerial work or CEO of Dynamo Tiflis, has any trace of this man. In the international digital age, it is very curious, as if the prior life of the nominee from Georgia was erased.
Vypadá to, že jeho vláda odvedla skvělou práci, když skryla svou identitu v kyberprostoru.
Proud UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, brought up a good point when he was holding a press conference after the election on May 12 in Madrid. Rifai said: “Its member states that vote for a candidate.” Left unsaid was qualifications are secondary.
It seems this election is about political deal making. A member of the Georgian delegation in Madrid confirmed the highest priority for Georgian politics (unrelated to tourism) is to get, finally, the Secretary-General position of the UNWTO. For this, the candidate’s government has worked hard. They will continue putting pressure on voting delegates. The support indicated by the expected visit of Giorgi Kwirikaschwili at the General assembly applies, even more, pressure and shows their need for a confirmation to be important.
Of course, every government, including Georgia, has the right to nominate one of their own for the leading job at UNWTO. However, inviting voting delegates during the May election meeting to a sold out to championship football game is not appropriate.
Manipulace v Madridu nejsou nic jiného než skandální a zdá se, že jsou utajeny. Možná, že pozvání na fotbalový zápas od gruzínského velvyslanectví je pro někoho považováno za „arašídy“, ale není etické pozvat k účasti na této hře volební čísla s kandidátem a komplimenty od kandidáta, který lobuje u stejných lidí, aby za něj hlasovali další den. Delegáti by neměli být na seznamu pozvaných hostů. To by se nestalo v Německu a dalších civilizovaných západních zemích.
Fotbal má vysokou úroveň zábavy a účast na této hře nemohla mít souvislost s žádnou obchodní diskusí nebo obchodním jednáním. Protože pozvaní jsou těmi, kdo rozhodují a volí nejlépe, stín „koupě“ a ochoty „prodat“ hlas je transparentní. Pokud by se to dělo v soukromém odvětví, měl by jakýkoli manažer dodržování předpisů vážný problém s tímto problémem.
Different from other UN agencies, UNWTO includes a good number of private stakeholders or associate members. Compliance managers for those associate members may have to urge boards to cancel their membership in UNWTO. Akce UNWTO Executive Council members showed is contrary to the legal understanding of how this organization should function. In private companie, executives would have been fired or prosecuted criminally in far fewer circumstances.
One of the fundamental tasks of UNWTO is the implementation of the Global Ethics Code for Tourism. All members at the UN agency are supporting this. Ethics and getting the authority to function as a Secretary General without such ethics. This question must be asked to the proposed Secretary- General elect Zurab Polikashvili. How could any delegate justify to vote for such a man?
In the past, I have had very few career links with UNWTO. I am a journalist who often reports about sustainability and international cooperation issues. I became interested in UNWTO because of the sustainable year for tourism.
Why would I get involved in the UNWTO election process? First of all, my family and I were threatened. These are criminal acts. Secondly, I, therefore, decided to not only be a chronicler or journalist but one with an opinion.
What I have experienced in the last few weeks has made me doubt UNWTO. The representatives at the General Assembly in Chengdu should decide if they want a “continue like usual” or if they want a new beginning. Without credibility, competence in tourism and a willingness for reform, this agency will no longer be taken seriously in the future.
Proto vás mohu osobně požádat, abyste na Valném shromáždění v čínském Čcheng-tu odpověděl odpovídajícím NON-souhlasným hlasem pro gruzínského kandidáta z naší země (Německo).
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Z editoru eTN: It’s not proven any alleged threats Mr. Tetzel received from Georgia can be linked to the UNWTO nominee or even to Georgia. All other issues raised including the football game had been reported by this publication numerous times. In a survey, 91% of responding WorldTourismWire readers thought attending the football game was equal to receiving a bribe in exchange for a vote.