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At UN, Copts Protest Killings to Egyptian Mission, No Party Time in Giza

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 14 -- A crowd of Egyptic Christians gathered Tuesday in front of the UN, and the the Egyptian Mission on 44th Street, demanding an end to legal and violent targeting in that country.

   Two representatives were allowed into the Egyptian Mission to deliver a “Letter of Demands to Maged Abdelaziz,” the country's Permanent Representative to the UN (who, UN sources say, has been seeking a job from and AT the UN).

  When the UN Security Council issued a statement condemning attacks on Christians in Iraq, Inner City Press asked if the Council had discussed the related situation in Egypt. No, was the answer.

Tuesday in Dag Hammarskjold Park the demonstrators “outside PR” man, Robert Miller of New Jersey based Kessler Communications told Inner City Press that his clients absolutely would like the Council to consider their issues, which include the November 24, 2010 attack on a church in Giza and what he called “Nuremberg like laws” under which “it is a crime to build, repair or renovate a church without a special permit issuedc by the office of the President,” Hosni Mubarek.

An Egyptian expert at the UN told Inner City Press, “those Copts are screwed. No one will support them, because of Mubarak's relations with the West. Obama, for example -- he says nothing.”

Cops and Copts by Egption Mission, Dec 14, 2010 (c) MRLee

While around the UN's margin there has been talk of irregularities in the parliamentary election in Egypt, the UN has made no comment. Meanwhile on the evening of December 10, the Egyptian Mission hosted a much talked about holiday party. One wag on Tuesday suggested that “the Copts should have targeted that.”

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As UN and US Deal with Gbagbo Diplomats, Protesters Hit Angola Link, Council in DC

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 13 -- As in Abidjan Laurent Gbagbo's soldiers had a stand off with UN peacekeeping troops, across from the UN in New York a group of protesters Monday morning demanded that the UN do more to ensure Gbagbo leaves power.

  The UN Security Council members were out of town, down in Washington with US Ambassador Susan Rice. But Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was at UN Headquarters, and was the target of a letter from the demonstrators.

  They called for the full recognition of Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the delayed Ivorian election, and said that “Gbagbo has the lone support of Angola.”

  “They have their families and their money there,” a protest leader told Inner City Press, predicting that in the best case scenario, Gbagbo will go into exile in Angola. Interestingly, Angola's co member of the Lusophone group Portugal is joining the Security Council on January 1.

  Human rights rogue and Lusophone wannabe Equatorial Guinea is also in touch with Gbagbo, as is Benin reportedly.

Anti-Gbagbo protesters at UN Dec 13, UNSC and Gbagbo dips not shown (c) MRLee

  Inner City Press on December 9 asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky if the UN is still dealing with Gbagbo's diplomats:

Inner City Press: after you read out the Security Council’s statement yesterday supporting ECOWAS [Economic Community of West African States], which recognized Mr. Ouattara as the new President of Côte d'Ivoire; I just wondered, what does this mean toward, for the UN treatment of the existing Côte d'Ivoire diplomats who were appointed by no longer President, apparently in the international view, [Laurent] Gbagbo? Are they still, what’s the process, I guess? Do they continue to be viewed by the United Nations as the legitimate representatives of Côte d'Ivoire? The former Ambassador here is now the Foreign Minister under Gbagbo. So, I just wondered.

Spokesperson Nesirky: I think there is a set process; there is a Credentials Committee that handles these matters. And I think that that’s the route — speaking in general terms, not about this specific case. Okay, thank you very much, everyone.

  Even asked again on Monday about the UN's dealings with Gbagbo's diplomats, Ban's spokesman Nesirky dodged the question.

 At US Ambassador Susan Rice's holiday reception on December 9, the acting Permanent Representative of Gbagbo's regime was present. Inner City Press asked Ambassador Rice about it, and she said he wasn't “on the dark side.” So could he represent Ouattara? Watch this site.

 Click here for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters footage, about civilian deaths in Sri Lanka.

Click here for Inner City Press' March 27 UN debate

Click here for Inner City Press March 12 UN (and AIG bailout) debate

Click here for Inner City Press' Feb 26 UN debate

Click here for Feb. 12 debate on Sri Lanka

Click here for Inner City Press' Jan. 16, 2009 debate about Gaza

Click here for Inner City Press' review-of-2008 UN Top Ten debate

Click here for Inner City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger

Click here from Inner City Press' December 12 debate on UN double standards

Click here for Inner City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics

and this October 17 debate, on Security Council and Obama and the UN.

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