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At UN, Syria Tells ICP "Mood Is Good," Was Made to Read Out Ladsous' Edict

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 19, updated -- With General Robert Mood already in New York, still Tuesday morning in front of the Security Council there were widely differing summaries of what Mood has done and his Mission is doing.

  French Ambassador Gerard Araud kicked off the morning by declaring that Mood "has decided to stop" the "regular function" of the mission. Araud emphasized that the mission "lost several vehicles."

  But less than an hour later Inner City Press asked Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong, has the UN Mission in Syria stopped? No, he told Inner City Press exclusively. They can still work with the two parties.

  In fact even after on Friday the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations led by its fourth Frenchman in a row Herve Ladsous on Friday notified the Security Council UNSMIS was limiting mobile activities -- Inner City Press obtained and at 10 pm Friday exclusive reported and published the DPKO memo -- on Sunday Mood said the mission could go and witness the release of civilians.

  UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told Inner City Press "they can still react," but said there's talk of reducing the number of outlying outpost. We'll hear from General Mood this afternoon, he said.

  The Syrian side Monday morning told Inner City Press that "Mood is good," that's why their response to Mood "having to read out" on Saturday Ladsous' Friday edict was that they understood. "It's Ladsous," they said.

Another source in the region, no fan of Bashar al Assad, told Inner City Press that France WANTS the Mission to stop, but they haven't been able to bring it out. It is suggested that Mood's briefing later today will again be nuanced and balance, "not enough" to justify stopping the Mission. "Ladsous will be more negative."

  Ultimately, absent Security Council agreement, it will be up to Kofi Annan to pull the plug, the analysis continued, and he will not do so that this time. Watch this site.

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