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At UN, Council to Hear of South Sudan If Not Syria, Zuma Coming to Town

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 3, updated -- As South Africa took over the presidency of the UN Security Council and met with other Council members Tuesday morning, violence in South Sudan was a major topic.

  "We'll be getting a briefing on that," a Deputy Permanent Representative told Inner City Press as he emerged the chamber. [The Permanent Representatives of the US and UK told Inner City Press the same and more, click here for that story.] "Somalia too."

  Another confirmed that a letter was received from Sudan "on December 30" about the death of Justice & Equality Movement rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim and JEM allegedly entering South Sudan.

  Syria, of course, is among the elephants in the room. The resolution drafted by December's president Russia remains on the table, much to the consternation of Western Council members.

  Meanwhile one of the Council's and UN's claimed successes of 2011, Yemen, lurches backward with Ali Saleh saying he will stay in the country and "not allow the collapse of state institutions." What will the Council do now?

  South African president Jacob Zuma, Inner City Press learned, will come to the Security Council while in New York for the last meeting of the Global Sustainability Panel, along with co-chair Tarja Halonen of Finland. Zuma will preside over the Security Council debate on January 12.

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Global Sustainability Panel with Zuma, Halonen, Rudd et al. - see you January

  The first working day of every month, the incoming Security Council president meet bilaterally with other members, usually all 14 other members. But the list obtained by Inner City Press of Tuesday's initial meetings does not mention, for example, France, nor next month's president, Togo. [At 1 pm after the UK and US left, Inner City Press was told that France and at least one other will be in the afternoon.]

  The Permanent Representative of another new member, Morocco, entered the Council at 11 am, his cell phone pressed to his ear. A new cabinet was just announced in Rabat. On his way out at 11:30, he genially called the bilaterals "normal."

  Over the holiday, Inner City Press has learned, in the course of the Capital Master Plan construction project wires were cut, leaving no connection between the UN Television control room and the UN Dag Hammarskajold Library auditorium, where a briefing about South Sudan was scheduled for noon.

  Likewise, the ID card locks for the engineers' booths in the Security Council weren't working. And so it goes at the UN.

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