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On Syria Meeting, "Hillary Blocked Iran," Sources Say, Pillay to July 2

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, June 27 -- After Kofi Annan's invitation to meeting on Syria in Geneva on June 30 did not include Iran, Inner City Press asked a range of Security Council Ambassadors why not.

  A well placed non-Western Council diplomat said the US made clear that "if Iran goes, the Madame will not," referring to Hillary Clinton. Then, he said, "Saudi Arabia was also blocked, some sort of linkage."

  But given Annan deputy Al Kidwa's "ultimatum" on June 26, first reported by Inner City Press, that if Annan might stop unless there is a meaningful outcome, what can come out of the Geneva meeting?

  The non-Western diplomat laughed and said, "Any written outcome is meaningful to us."

  Meanwhile, while as Inner City Press reported yesterday the format of High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay's briefing to the Security Council has been agreed -- mostly on Syria under the Middle East agenda item, with the understanding she will also address Libya -- it will NOT take place on June 28 as France had requested.

  The non-Western diplomat told Inner City Press, and French Ambassador Gerard Araud then confirmed to Inner City Press outside the Council, that Pillay's briefing is now slated for Monday, July 2. What will Annan have concluded by then about the June 30 meeting?

  Meanwhile, both Annan and his erstwhile successor Ban Ki-moon had publicly said that Iran should participate. How will they explain getting vetoed, in essence, by Hillary Clinton? Watch this site.

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