At UN, of Somalia and Sandwiches,
Susan Rice at France's Shindig
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Muse
NATIONS, January 30 -- A
week after Sudan's
mission to the UN invited hundreds of guests to a river-view
reception to celebrate its take-over of the Group of 77 UN voting
mission held a relatively smaller and more exclusive shindig, to mark
of its Security Council presidency. Sudan's event was inside UN
catered by Aramark in the Delegates' Dining Room, complete with lobster
and a Sudanese flag made of ice. France
invited Council Ambassadors and select bureaucrats and journalists to
floor office a block from the UN in 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.
"This is from the best caterer in New York," French
Jean-Maurice Ripert said, gesturing at the macaroons and chiding a
confused them with meringue. Waiters, one of them German, circulated
champagne. The buzz of the evening was the wait for Susan Rice. We have to tell her, Ripert said, that most
Ambassadors leave after the first hour.
Hour three of the reception approached when Susan
Rice showed up.
Jounalists quickly swarmed around her. Her staff had promised Q&A
the Council in the morning, which then never took place. But now the
were personal. One reporter asked if her husband worked at NBC. Ms.
her head. ABC, she said, with George Stephanopoulos.
She noted that she is the only female Permanent Representative on the
Inner City Press
asked about Somalia, the incongruity of the Obama administration being
willing to vote to send UN peacekeepers to that country that Bush in
Ms. Rice asked, why
incongruous? The US has a history in Somalia. And so
does Susan Rice.
Susan Rice with UN's Asha Rose Migiro, UN
peacekeepers to Somalia not shown
When Inner City Press asked about the Somali Transitional
Federal Government's loss of control of Baidoa, Rice said, what is
this, a press conference? She's yet to hold one. We hope to explore
these issue on the record at the stakeout, and not
then at receptions. At this one, Rice jokingly asked for canape
City Press noted again that Zagat's Mark
Kornblau is said to be the pick for the US Mission's spokesman, as
for now in this one and only report.
we can add this tidbit from a
source inside the mission: the Zagats are big donors to the Democratic
Rice's deputy Alejandro Wolff, who also attended
last week's Sudan
event, chatted with UK Permanent Representative John Sawers, then with
in French about the wonders of Los Angeles. Ripert said that during
six months atop the European Union, there were 650 meetings of internal
coordination. "C'est un travail de
fou," he said: it's work for a crazy man. The UN's head of
Angela Kane came and went. Outside the city lights swirled. It felt
like a new
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