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Syria Says UN's Ban Got Pressured April 4-5, Calls GA Draft War Declaration

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 30 -- When Syria Permanent Representative Bashar Ja'afari held a press conference Tuesday morning, it went over an hour.

  He took questions, unlike Ban Ki-moon the day before, including from stations like Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera, and Voice of America which is run by the US State Department.

  After those, Inner City Press asked Ja'afari what he thought Secretary General Ban Ki-moon did between April 4, when Ja'afari said he had a deal with the UN's Angela Kane to inspect in Khan al Asal near Aleppo, and April 5 when Ban "went back on the deal."

  Ja'afari mused that either Ban got calls or MADE calls, and then went back on the deal. He called on the UN Secretariat to not be "part of this campaign against Syria."

  While Ban didn't take any question on April 29 -- and when the Free UN Coalition for Access complained, the UN's Stephane Dujarric said press "presence is not mandatory" -- one still wants to know what Ban did between April 4 and April 5.

  Isn't that the purpose of a "public schedule" of the type Ban puts, or purports to put, online? (He did not list his April 26 "private" meeting with Sarkozy.)

First clue: as Inner City Press asked Ja'afari who'd said Ban was in The Hague, Ban was in fact in Madrid for this "Chief Executives Board" meeting.

  Inner City Press also asked Ja'afari about the pending UN General Assembly draft resolution, the fouth revision of which Inner City Press obtained and exclusively published earlier on Tuesday.

You are right there is a Rev 4, Ja'afari said, adding his prediction that they will have to go to a "Rev 10," because it is a declaration of war. He called Qatar, the first sponsor or drafter, a puppet, and said the goal is a follow up resolution to take Syria's UN seat and give it to the external, extremist opposition.

After more than an hour, Ja'afari stopped. Some said he'd started stronger or more logically than he finished with quotes from Winston Churchill about using chemical weapons on "uncivilized tribes" in Iraq, French nuclear tests in Algeria, Italian chemical weapons use in Libya. What about Guantanamo? Watch this site.

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