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As UN SC Moves to Cote d'Ivoire, of France & Duekoue, ECOWAS Tests

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 -- When the UN Security Council trip began in Liberia, some thought it relatively newsless, even as one wag put it, a "victory tour for former colonial powers," led by the UK in Sierra Leone, the US in Liberia and France in Cote d'Ivoire.

  But then, from two Germany blogs, it seemed that French Permanent Representative Gerard Araud didn't even deign to go on the Liberia leg of the trip.

  Permanent Representative Wittig, to his credit blogging, described watching Chelsea - Munich with Mark Lyall Grant of the UK, but then referred regarding Firestone versus Michelin only to his "French colleague." So where is Gerard Araud?

  With the Council away, new French foreign minister Laurent Fabius snuck in to New York to see Ban Ki-moon, who then flew to the NATO summit in Chicago and met Turkish president Gul. The UN read out summarized talks on Syria and Cyprus but only mentioned in one work Afghanistan, which is the UN's nexus with NATO.

  That Ban and the UN were not invited to US President Obama's G8 session about food security in Africa "says it all about Ban, and Obama," as one long-time Security Council source told Inner City Press on Sunday.

  Now the Security Council has migrated to Cote d'Ivoire. They will meet with ECOWAS, and what each member thinks of rewarding Guinea Bissaus' coup leaders with 12 months should be made clear.

  More to the point, their commitment to justice as opposed to only victor's justice will be tested on how they address the massacre in Duekoue, committed by supporters of president Ouattara. Watch this site.

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