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World Bank staff continue to insist that their president resigns. Dutch Development Minister (and former chair of the Parliamentarians Network on the World Bank) Bert Koenders told Reuters last night: "it has become clear ... that there is also a lack of trust at the moment in the leadership and in the management. A bank without a motivated staff cannot work on poverty eradication".

World Bank Staff Association chair Alison Cave made it abundantly clear in a new memo late yesterday (in full below) that the association is not satisfied with the results of this weekend. They insist Wolfowitz has not responded to the main charges and "must resign".


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Telephone (202) 473-9000, Fax (202) 522-2025, sassociation@worldbank.org

Statement of World Bank Group Staff Association Chair Alison Cave

April 15, 2007

“World Bank Group staff appreciate the concern shown by the Board of Governors in the Development Committee communiqué. We fully expect that the Board will continue to show the same careful deliberation in its decision on the next steps.”

“The Staff Association has not seen any indication of how Mr. Wolfowitz intends to address the concerns we expressed in our April 12 statement.”

“Mr. Wolfowitz has not addressed the issues at hand. He has apologized but he does not say how he would rectify the situation. Mr. Wolfowitz must act honourably and resign.”

The Development Committee emphasised yesterday the need for this issue not to jeopardise the Bank's work, but this seems inevitable if this affair is allowed to drag on.

Alex Wilks ~ April 16, 2007

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