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After UNIFIL Peacekeeper Killed, Differing Reports on UNSC, Spanish PR

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 28 -- After a UN Peacekeeper from Spain was killed in Lebanon, UN Peacekeeping deputy Edmond Mulet briefed the UN Security Council. Afterward, at least until 9 pm, the only output was "elements to the press," followed by Spanish Permanent Representative Roman Oyurzun Marchesi's first stakeout since joining the Security Council four weeks ago.

  Will an internal UN investigation be enough for Spain? The question was not taken or answered, yet.

  His answer that it came from the Israeli side, in response to Hezbollah, was widely reported as Spain blaming Israel. But Reuters and France 24, for example, said France asked for the meeting, when the Security Council's president said the request was from the UK.

  Reuters said Herve Ladsous would be the briefing - but he was not, rather it was Edmond Mulet.

 Mulet told the Press that a UNIFIL "Board of Inquiry" will look into the death, and that its report will be public.

  Inner City Press asked Mulet how long it would taken. Mulet said UNIFIL has been asked to expedite the Board of Inquiry.

  We note that UNlike the head of UN Peacekeeping, Herve Ladsous, who refuses to answer Press questions (most recent video here) Mulet did his job, answering factual questions about UN Peacekeeping. Maybe he should be in charge. We'll haver more on this.


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