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Before Iran Meeting, France Opposes Instrumentalizing Situation from Outside, Biya Echo

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UNITED NATIONS, January 5 – Iran will be the subject of a UN Security Council meeting of some type on January 5 at 3 pm. Before a 2:30 pm pre-meeting, the Ambassadors of France and the UK said they will vote to hold the meeting (though France's Francois Delattre cautioned against any "instrumentalizing" of the situation from outside, a position echoing France's on the crackdown in the Anglophone areas of Cameroon. Delattre wished "bonne annee aux Anglophones"). At the UN noon briefing it emerged that Iran's Permanent Representative went to the UN's 38th floor and met not with Secretary General Antonio Guterres but with his chief of staff. Inner City Press asked why that was, why Guterres' public schedule has been empty (all internal) for the three days he's been back after an 11 day vacation, and if the chief of staff's schedule can be made public. Apparently not. Nor would spokesman Farhan Haq answer with whom Russia's Nebenzia met on January 4 on the 38th floor. Ah, transparency. Kazakhstan is the president of the Security Council for January, and just as they refused on January 2 to take a single Press question about Africa, on January 4 they sent notice initially only to some correspondents. (Notable, given press freedom issues there.) As quickly obtained by Inner City Press from multiple sources, they wrote: "Dear friends, To keep you informed, tomorrow SC meets on Iran at 3.00PM, open format. And a short announcement, our Delegation is delighted to invite you to a Tea and Coffee table with Kazakh national delights, to be served every Tuesday and Thursday, starting from 9 January, 9.30 to 11.30AM, in the UNCA Room, 3d Floor, Secretariat Building." We have and will have more on this. 


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