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Xavier Coll latest to join blue ribbon campaign. As announced here yesterday, Bank staff have been distributing blue ribbons as a symbol for their "continuing struggle for improved governance in the World Bank Group" - latest to join the campaign according to a Bank insider is senior human resources officer Xavier Coll.

Coll you'll remember is in the middle of this mess - at question is what role he played in approving the conditions of Shaha Riza's re-assignment and whether or not he was consulted on the terms offered to Wolfowitz acolytes Robin Cleveland and Kevin Kellems.

On Thursday afternoon the staff association was handing out blue ribbons inside the Bank. In walked Xavier Coll with another VP.

"Would you like one?", asked the Bank staffer.

"What are they for?", responded Coll.

"They're to show your support for governance."

Xavier continued, and then turned around, and said, "what the hell" and took one and put it on.

A few minutes later, Robin Cleveland walked in. She was offered a ribbon. She said "is this a staff association thing?" and was told it was. She replied "well, I guess you know my position on this" and declined the ribbon.

The staff then went and put it on the wrist of the statue of the blind man in the atrium. River blindness statue. No reports on whether it's still there today.

Jeff Powell ~ April 20, 2007

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