(AP) – 5 hours ago
UNITED NATIONS — The departing head of the agency that battles corruption in the United Nations has issued a scathing assessment of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's record on accountability.
The memo by Inga-Britt Ahlenius blames Ban and his senior advisers for weakening the U.N. so much it is "falling apart" and "drifting into irrelevance."
The undersecretary-general who stepped down from a five-year term last week says "there is no transparency, there is lack of accountability" under Ban's leadership.
She says Ban caused "damage to the integrity of a core process" at the U.N. by blocking her from filling vacant posts and taking other steps that undermined her tenure as head of the Office of Internal Oversight Services.
U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Tuesday that Ban "would be the first to say this organization has a long way to go to fully implement the changes that are needed."
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