At UN, Libya's Naming of Hamas Had Latin Roots,
Cracks in EU
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: Exclusive
January 8 -- The Security Council's
non-permanent members played a larger role than usual in the amendments
released Thursday to the Libyan introduced draft resolution on Gaza,
Press has learned. A Latin American member submitted changes, including
naming of Hamas, to Libya at noon on Wednesday.
At six, two
Arab Group members
told the Latins that the amendments were rejected. But a subsequent
call to the
Libyan Ambassador revealed the the proposed amendments hadn't even been
presented to the Arab Group yet. By 8:30 pm on Wednesday, the
accepted, including the naming of Hamas.
Permanent Representative of the country submitting the amendment told
Inner City Press that to explain for
domestic consumption possibly siding
with "Libya, China et al," he needs to point to something achieved
thereby: the naming of Hamas in the resolution.
UN's Ban with flag of Mexico, Gaza resolution scuttlebutt not shown
sudden acceptance of the amendments is designed to garner support of
non-permanent Council members -- not only the two Latin America
Mexico and Costa Rica, but even Austria, which is said to be eager to
out of the European Union straight-jacket."
UK and France are
promoting themselves, while expecting the entire EU to follow them.
basement of the UN, the call goes out, where are the Czechs, the EU
To be continued.
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