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As Yemeni Laureate Calls SC Resolution "Bad, Worse," Ban Meeting at UN

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 19, updated -- As Yemeni Nobel laureate Tawkol Karman entered the UN at 5:05 pm a rainy Wednesday, Inner City Press asked her if she'd seen the draft Security Council resolution.

  "Yes," she said, "I've seen it and it's bad. It's worse that the first."

  Karman was on her way up to meet Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Some of the journalists trying to cover the meeting complained that normal e-mail notice of the meeting and photo opportunity were not sent. "It's like they don't want us to cover it," one said.

Karman on Oct 18, (c) MRLee

  Even after the meeting with Ban Ki-moon, while reporters were told Karman was up on the second floor being interviewed by the UN's own radio station UN Radio, she was not there, nor on the first floor. Ban's spokesman said that Karman did not hand any letter to Ban, and promised a read-out.

Update of 6:04 pm -- here is the read out the UN put out:

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with Ms. Tawakkul Karman, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, on 19 October 2011

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Ms. Tawakkul Karman, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate from Yemen. The Secretary-General congratulated Ms. Karman on her award of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and paid tribute to her efforts to promote, peace, justice and human rights for all in Yemen.

The Secretary-General appreciated hearing her views about the current situation in Yemen and shared her concern that the protracted political stalemate had led to a deterioration of the economic and humanitarian situation as well as an escalation of violence causing great suffering for the Yemeni people. The Secretary-General reassured Ms. Karman that the United Nations was doing everything possible to help the Yemeni people resolve the current political standoff and to promote an orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process. He emphasized that the United Nations had a clear stance against impunity for gross human rights violations.

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