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On Syria, Brahimi to Russia, UK's Hague Meets Saudi's Jarba, Race for Relevance

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 5 -- To work the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Russia trying desperately to save the long-promised Geneva Two talks on Syria, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is on his way to St. Petersburg.

Brahimi when last seen, other than through a dubious Twitter account, was saying more clearly than Ban had or has that military action on Syria must go through the UN Security Council. (Click here for Inner City Press story on that.) Will that be his message to the US and France at the G20 meeting?

Saudi-sponsored Syria rebel boss Jarba has been calling for air strikes, disappointed to even wait for process in the US Congress, where the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted "Yes," 10-7, on September 4.

In the UK, where such action on Syria was roundly voted down, Foreign Secretary William Hague meets today with Jarba. Why not just talk with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal? After losing in the House of Commons, the David Cameron - Nick Clegg government is in its own Race for Relevance.

  Jarba when last seen in New York was in a faux "UN briefing" publicized only to those who paid money, held in a third floor room the UN gives to its UN Correspondents Association (now under Pamela Falk of CBS known as the UN Censorship Alliance, yesterday trying to block or exclude a question that rebels may have used chemical weapons in Syria, click here.) Also this (Reuters as spy) story, audio, document.

  Inner City Press has repeatedly asked the UN whether this for-pay session by Jarba (a/k/a Jarbucks) could legitimately be called a "UN briefing" -- still without any answer. In its Race for Relevance, this UN will do almost anything. Watch this site.


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