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On Syria, UN's "Ladsous Sits on Houla Report," SC Members Complaint

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 30 -- The UN told Inner City Press on June 21 that its report on the killing at Houla in Syria had been given to the Secretariat and would soon pass to the Security Council.

  But more than a week later, on June 29 several Council members complained to Inner City Press that the report was being withheld. "Ladsous has had it for three days," a Security Council member told Inner City Press on the night of June 29, referring to the chief of UN Peacekeeping Herve Ladsous. "He's sitting on it - why? Does it not sufficiently blame the government?"

  It certainly seems strange.

 (In new-found fairness to Ladsous, it may be that Ban Ki-moon is really the party to be blamed.)

And so, while in Geneva the "final declaration" of Joint Special Envoy Kofi was moved back from 7 am New York time to 8 am and still hadn't happened 20 minutes after that, Inner City Press asked Annan's spokesman Ahmad Fawzi:

what is your understanding of why the UNSMIS report on the Houla killings has still not be given to the Security Council members? Has the JSE seen it? If so, what does he think of it?

can you provide a comment on why the JSE's final declaration didn't happen at 7 am NY time, nor at the new time on UN TV schedule, 8 am? When do you think it will happen?

Can you comment on several Security Council members yesterday telling Inner City Press they've been informed UNSMIS will be converted to a political mission and General Mood will leave? July 20 or July 23?

   Back on June 16, Fawzi rather than answer Inner City Press' questions about its exclusive on Ladsous' notice to the Security Council that UNSMIS has limited its mobile operations on 6 pm on June 15 said, you've already asked the UN in New York. This time, we haven't. Watch this site.

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