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Vitaly Churkin Jibed Power As Mother Theresa, Israel & Palestine Condole Back to Back, Stakeout

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 20 – Vitaly Churkin, long time Russian Ambassador to the UN, died on Monday while working, the day before his 65th birthday.

  UN President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson told the press that there will be a GA session to commemorate Churkin, whom he said stood out in his willingness to meet with smaller countries.

  Then while a Russian TV crew waited for quotes from this speaker about Churkin, staff whisked him upstairs to Al Jazeera, which asked among other things about Churkin blocking action on Syria.

  Online condolences poured in, back from the UK's Mark Lyall Grant (and Samantha Power), from Israel and Palestine, back to back. Periscope here.

  Churkin's advocacy in the UN Security Council ranged from deriding US Ambassador Samantha Power as a Mother Theresa wannabe, back to asking if then US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad's earpiece was working, during a late night Council meeting about Abhazia, South Ossetia and Georgia.

 Here's video of Churkin on December 30, 2016, Inner City Press asking him about Syria and Libya.

  On Africa, for example, Churkin told Inner City Press that there shouldn't be a vote on Eritrea sanctions until that country's president was allowed to address the Security Council. Churkin spoke at length with Inner City Press, recounting that "we had some people working on the sanctions resolution, on and off... All of the sudden last night we were told the sponsors were moving the resolution in blue, voting... today."

As Inner City Press exclusively reported [then] US Ambassador Susan Rice said the vote should take place Wednesday since Gabon, Nigeria and the regional IGAD group want the sanctions.

  Churkin disagreed, saying "there is a 48 hour rule.. but at least 24 hours" between putting a text into blue and voting on it. He also noted that "more than a month ago, the president of Eritrea asked to address the Security Council. We believe it is his right under the UN Charter."

 Here is Periscope video of Churkin speaking, about Syria, on the steps outside the UN Security Council earlier this year.

  That was Churkin, rest in peace. Watch this site.


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