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Lebanon UN SC Month Ends With Felafel & Palestine, Of Turks & Jerks & Giuliani

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 27 -- With three days left in Lebanon's presidency of the UN Security Council, Ambassador Nawaf Salam threw an end of presidency bash in his huge Madison Avenue apartment on Tuesday night.

  One longtime Deputy Permanent Representative marveled that there was no one burning issue of the evening, but rather discussions of Palestine, Libya, the Turkish fight with UN Security and holding up the rear Sudan, in that order.

The floors were lacquered red, the walls wood paneled and the felafel was hot. The Permanent Representatives of China, Portugal, Germany, South African, Nigeria, India, Bosnia, Brazil and more moved through the crowd, talking sanctions and GA intrigue, winding down from the UN's highest week.

  Without attributing the sentiment to anyone in particular, there seemed to be a consensus that nothing will move fast on Palestine's application for full UN membership. The Ad Hoc comment might have to report, but the full Council can sit on it.

  One European diplomat told Inner City Press it is impossible that any of the four EU members of the Council would vote "yes" for Palestine in the Council. The candidates for the next Council - Romania and Hungary, Morocco and Mauritania, for example -- might now be grilled on their views of Palestine.

Salam & his able  political coordinator with then PGA Treki, superceded

Otherwise the interest was in the Turkish UN fight -- most people saying Ban Ki-moon, who did not appear, should never have apologized so quickly. Ban officials Patricia O'Brien and Kiyotaka Akasaka were in the house, as well as some from Security Council Affairs. Ban's scheduled had him going to Indonesia, but that was true of many Ambassadors.

What has to be said of Nawaf Salam is that despite being in a sense awkward, he was and is essentially decent, endeavoring to answer questions, in three languages, under constraints. Like Bosnia, Beirut's moment to moment politics do not make voting easy. By his heavy loaded bookshelves Inner City Press posited what an absent journalist had said, that Salam was a Maoist. An aide did not disagree.

Another joked, Giuliani lives across the hall -- some location for a Maoist. But Salam is an intellectual, as previously noted, an author and editor of books. More of this is needed at the UN. Hats off. Shukran -- with three days left. Watch this site.

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As Lebanon Heads UNSC, Salam Riffs on Palestine, Doesn't Defer to NATO

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 2 -- With the UN Security Council presidency being taken over by Lebanese Permanent Representative Nawaf Salam for September, the month of the General Debate and when Palestine might ask the Council to join the UN, many of wondered if Lebanon's complex politics might impact the Council's plumbing, if not its ultimate decisions.

  Lebanon, for example, blocked the first proposed Press Statement on Syria, then disassociated itself from the Presidential Statement adopted on August 3.

  While the two dueling Syria resolutions now pending in the Council may pose a problem for Salam -- on Friday he said his "good offices" to mediate haven't been requested -- an issue he clearly feels passionate about is Palestine.

  During his press conference on Friday, his longest answer concerned the questions of Palestinian statehood. He recalled that Palestine declared itself a state in 1988. He cited the 1933 Montevideo Convention and said that Palestine has all the attributes of a state.

  On the question of undefined borders, he compared it with South Sudan, which is still in a dispute with Khartoum for Abyei, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States.

  Palestine is not, however, listed on the Council's program of work for September, even in the footnotes. Inner City Press asked Salam about Kordofan and Blue Nile. He said they could be addressed at the September 8 consultations on Sudan and South Sudan, and said he would come speak to the press after those consultations.

  On Libya, Inner City Press asked Salam about a statement by French president Nicolas Sarkozy on September 1, that the so-called "Group of Friends of Libya" had decided that NATO can keep bombing.

 The same is implied in the UN Secretariat's Libya plan written by Ian Martin, which Inner City Press exclusively obtained and published. Inner City Press asked Salam, but isn't that the Security Council's decision?

  Salam said that yes, the Council can consider and decide on NATO's mission, at its Libya consultations scheduled for September 26. That seems late, but at least Salam said it's not just up to NATO.

Salam is an intellectual, having for example edited and written a chapter in the 2003 book "Lebanon in Limbo." His review copy inscription says, "Best wishes from a region (and not only my country) in limbo."

  We will be reviewing the book during his month; we'll see where he comes out between the mere three media stakeouts held in May by French Ambassador Gerard Araud, and the eight full blown stakeouts conducted by Hardeep Singh Puri of India in August. Watch this site.

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