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At UN on Syria, Sanctions, ICC & Freedom of Religion Spell Resolution Trouble

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 28 -- As the European members of the UN Security Council on Wednesday said they were getting Russia and others on board with their resolution on Syria, another Council member told Inner City Press that the disagreements go beyond including or not including a paragraph threatening sanctions in 15 days.

  "There's also the International Criminal Court," the source told Inner City Press, "freedom of religion and how to encourage the opposition to negotiate with the government."

  The Europeans were to circulate a new draft on Wednesday night, for consultations at the expert level on Thursday afternoon.

  Inner City Press asked Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari about his foreign minister's meeting with Ban Ki-moon, and about the position of Turkey.

Ja'afari at UN, fruitful Ban & distant Turkey not shown

  Of the Ban meeting, Ja'afari told Inner City Press, "the meeting was good, it was fruitful - tense but fruitful, like everything in diplomacy."

  Of Turkey, Ja'afari told Inner City Press, "They have their own agenda, we have our own. The gap is getting distant between the two agendas."

  Given the dust up in which the Turkish security of prime minister Erdogan beat up UN Security, some found irony in Syria's Ambassador praising Ban and criticizing the Turks. But so it goes at the UN.

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