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Pillay July 2 Briefing Not Only Syria & Libya, Also Palestine & Sudans

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, June 28 -- After France requested a Security Council briefing by High Commissioner Navi Pillay about Syria, others said Libya should be included as well.

On June 27 French Ambassador Gerard Araud told Inner City Press that Pillay's briefing would, as before, be on the Middle East (that is, Syria), but she might answer questions about Libya.

But in Council consultations on June 28 things got more complicated. Two additional subjects were added: Palestine, and Sudan / South Sudan. "We will have three separate consultations," a Council member told Inner City Press with a smile, later adding that Libya and Palestine will be Monday afternoon, and the Sudans on Tuesday mornings.

Incoming Council President for July, Colombian Ambassador Nestor Osorio, told Inner City Press these consultations -- he mentioned "miscellaneous" -- would be interspersed with his bilateral meetings with other Council members on Monday July 1 about the Program of Work. That is, Syria at 11 am, Libya and Palestine at 4 pm.

"Let's see if Pillay is prepared on all these topics," joked one Council members. One wag said she might have to "pull an all nighter," perhaps with the help of the excellent coffee Osorio's known to serve in the Council. Then again, some of Pillay's briefings to the Human Rights Council in Geneva are largely based on reading the newspapers. Watch this site.

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