Would you shake hands with someone reviled?
15-Aug-2011 (one comment)

Ambassadors and envoys often talk to people they see as tyrants or terrorists. But why do they do it, and do they always shake hands?

When former UN Humanitarian Envoy Jan Egeland met Joseph Kony, the feared and reclusive leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, he made a point of not smiling.

He knew photographers were lurking, even in the remote camp.

"An image can haunt one for many years," he explains. "I was very aware that this was a mass murderer.

"He was known to kidnap thousands of children and kill even more. The relatives would see this image, everybody would see this image."

Meeting people like Kony is a fact of life for many career statesmen.

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I would ;0))

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