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At UN on Syria, Draft Going Blue "Without Prejudging" Assad Delegation: Updated With Text

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 2, updated earliest Feb 3: text -- After hours negotiations Thursday afternoon in the UN Security Council on the third versions of the draft Syria resolution, Ambassadors Susan Rice of the US and Vitaly Churkin of Russia emerged and said almost the same thing to the assembled throng of media. [Update: here exclusively is the blue draft.]

  Rice said, "We have a text, which I expect that the Moroccans will put into blue, could be as soon as tonight, or tomorrow morning. There are still some issue on which our capitals will have to deliberate and provide each of us with instructions."

  Moments later Churkin stopped on the steps up to the street and said, "we had something of a roller coaster today. We'll see what the outcome it going to be. It is going to be put in blue tonight, but it does not prejudge anything. I'll be happy if we have a process which is going to conclude successful. So far it would be hard for me to go that far."

  While many scribbled down or later transcribed this ostensibly off-camera quote, only later after other interviews did one word jump out at Inner City Press: "prejudge."

  While European diplomats told Inner City Press that the phrase "fully support" the Arab League plan will remain in the draft that will be sent to capitals, a non-Western diplomat pointedly told Inner City Press that there will be phrase, as best the diplomat could translate, "without prejudging" or "without prejudgment," as well as a reference to a " Syrian led" political process.

  The key phrase, this non-Western diplomat said, was without prejudging the outcome, which the diplomat said was taken to mean no need for Assad delegating power to his deputy or anyone else to be the outcome.

  The Europeans had left and so couldn't be asked if this is what they would agree to. But they should be asked.

  The process Thursday afternoon was surreal. As closed door talked dragged on, preparations began for a Chinese calligraphy reception in the "Kuwait Boat" lobby area above the Security Council.

Calligraphy reception after Syria meeting, (c) MRLee

  The first Permanent Representative to leave was Hardeep Singh Puri of India. When he was asked how it went, he said "not so well."

  South Africa's Baso Sangqu left, as did China's Li Baodong. But the latter came back, he said, for bilateral meetings.

  The assembled media was crowded into one of the two areas beside the stairs, and there was no UN TV coverage despite the much greater interest for this session that many for which the UN provides a camera.

  "Ban Ki-moon's budget cuts" were blamed for the lack of UN TV coverage. It was the only real mention of the "always absent" Ban Ki-moon all day, on Syria.

  When things finally ended, Morocco's Ambassador Loulichki came out to say he would put a new draft into blue later in the evening. He wouldn't predict when the vote would be called, saying only "as soon as possible," which Rice riffed into "as soon as people have instructions."

  Once these near-identical quotes were issued, the press scrum dissipated. Upstairs, the calligraphy reception got into full swing. Inner City Press went to cover it, and more, and in a phrase that might seem contradictory to some readers was told that the big turn out was because these Chinese "believe UN is very very important." Go figure. And, watch this site.

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