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On Libya, UN's Martin to Doha As His "Post-Conflict" Post Called Misnomer

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 22 -- Hour after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was sending to Doha his envoys Al Khatib and Ian Martin, in charge of "post-conflict planning" in Libya, Inner City Press asked Martin when he would go, and asked the Council on Foreign Relations' experts about the UN's performance.

  CFR's Robert Danin told Inner City Press that there's been planning in European capitals "but not at UN headquarters, since the UN has to be driven by a strong force to take action.

  Inner City Press put the same question to Daniel Serwer of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, who said that European planning, at least by the UK, was on the "civilian side," not policing or peacekeeping. He took issue with Libya being characterized as "post conflict," calling it a "misnomer" when Libya is not yet even fully "post Gaddafi."

  Ian Martin, to the surprise of some, was still in New York on Monday afternoon. Inner City Press told him what Serwer had said, contesting his "post-conflict" job title. Martin nodded, and was non-committal in response to repeated press requests that he give a briefing or answer questions.

  Others tell Inner City Press that Martin heads Monday night to Doha, and then will see where that will lead. Ban Ki-moon's call Monday morning for a new Security Council mandate won't bear fruit, this people say, for "a week or ten days," after a series of consultations.

Ban & Ian Martin, who's yet to brief the press: "post conflict"?

Footnote: Earlier on Monday, US President Barack Obama said he's told his UN Ambassador Susan Rice to ask Ban to "use next month's General Assembly to support this important transition" in Libya. While the first step would seem to be to re-credential Ibrahim Dabbashi as Libya's UN Ambassador, some cynics later Monday mused that to get the General Debate to focus on Libya rather than the moves for Palestinian statehood scheduled for September 20 might be one of Obama's motives. Watch this site.

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On Syria, Ban Ki-moon Belatedly Tells Press Assad "Has Not Kept His Word," Harder Crackdown Predicted After Libya

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 22 -- "It is troubling that [Assad] has not kept his word" about stopping military operations, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told Inner City Press on Monday, five days after Ban quoted Assad on August 17 that "military operations had stopped."

  Inner City Press twice last week asked Ban's acting deputy spokesman Farhan Haq if Ban believed Assad's statement, despite what was seen even on television. Haq said Ban thought an investigation should take place.

  On August 22, even High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that at least 39 people have been killed by Assad's forces since Ban's quote of him. And so at the end of a Ban Ki-moon media stakeout Monday morning about Lybia, with Haq trying to end the session without the question being posed, Inner City Press asked:

Inner City Press: On Syria, you had said that President Assad said that military and police operations, when you spoke with him. Since then, according to Navi Pillay, 39 more people have been killed. Did you ever believe that statement? Do you believe it now and what should be done?

SG Ban: This is what he clearly told me when I had the telephone talk with him and he assured me that the humanitarian assistance assessment team will be able to visit different places. And, as you know, our team is already in Syria - they are now assessing the situation. It is troubling that he has not kept his word. Many world leaders have been speaking to him to halt immediately military operations that are killing his own people, and he assured me [he would] do that and military operations have already stopped. Now he has seen and he has heard all these serious and urgent calls to him, and I sincerely hope that he heeds the international community’s appeal and call. (Video here, from Minute 9:25).

  Meanwhile the UN humanitarian assessment team fled Hom under fire.

Ban & Assad, previously, who called who on Aug 17 not shown

A Ban Ki-moon administration official on Monday predicted to Inner City Press that events in Tripoli would make Assad "crack down harder" to avoid Gaddafi's fate. Another told Inner City Press that it was Assad who called Ban, and not the other way around -- Assad called Ban looking for ground cover.

  Given the invisibility at the crucial moment of Ban's two Libya envoys / advisers Ian Martin and Al Khatib, the question of whether Ban will try to appoint an envoy to Syria "is moot," one said -- it wouldn't make any difference. Watch this site.

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