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After Ban Speaks on Bulgaria Bomb, SC Wonders, Why Yet Not Syria? And Then It Came

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 18, updated twice -- Amid the Syria resolution standoff on Wednesday afternoon, a Security Council member came out and asked Inner City Press, rhetorically it seemed, why it was that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hadn't yet issued any kind of statement about the deadly bomb in Damascus.

The Council member, decidedly non-Western, said that Ban routinely comments on killings or even attempted killings of government officials, as well as other matters. Why not here?

  While one can imagine answers -- the Red Cross has called it a civil war, the Defense Minister was killed -- Inner City Press put in the question to Ban's top three spokespeople, as well as one about another bombing, in Bulgaria, explicitly "without analogy"

A question has arisen here at (even, in) the Security Council, so I'm asking you:

is the Secretary General going to be issuing a statement on the bombing in Damascus killing government officials? If so, when? If not, why not? And, without making any analogy, same questions on the bombing in Bulgaria. On deadline on the above. Separately and not yet on deadline [2 other questions.]

  While no Syria statement has been issued, nor the question answered, this was then put out, before 6 pm --

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General: Attack in Bulgaria

The Secretary–General condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s deadly bombing attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists outside of the Burgas airport in Bulgaria. The explosion reportedly killed at least seven and injured more than 30 people, some critically. The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the victims and their families, to the Governments and people of Bulgaria and Israel. New York, 18 July 2012

  Even before Inner City Press put the questions to Ban's spokesperson's office, another Security Council member told Inner City Press, Ban "has to issue a statement on Damascus bombing... at least condolences." Are those limited to civilians? Watch this site.

Update of 6:40 pm -- on the Bulgarian bombing Germany is drafting a Security Council press statement, the Presidency told Inner City Press, at Bulgaria's request. And on Syria?

Update of 6:49 pm - and then, a Ban Ki-moon statement on Syria came out:

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