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On Syria, EU Wants Pillay UN June 28, Houla Report with Ban Ki-Moon, Censor

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, June 21 -- On Syria in closed door Security Council consultations on Thursday, Inner City Press has learned, European members proposed that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay brief the Council on June 28.

  The request was not immediately agreed. One non-Western Council member exclusively told Inner City Press afterward, We we want to stop the killing or just keep grandstanding?

  Meanwhile at Thursday UN noon briefing, Inner City Press asked the question it had wanted to direct on Tuesday to Herve Ladsous, who refuses Press questions.

  When will the Department of Peacekeeping and its observer mission in Syria complete the requested investigation into the killings in Al Houla?

  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky, for once, had an answer, even one written from which he read. Video here, from Minute 11:03.

  Nesirky said that the Mission has sent its observations on the Al Houla killings to the Secretary General, who has sent them to the relevent UN bodies monitoring human rights in Syria. When their review is done -- or changes or censorship -- it will be submitted by the Secretary General to the Security Council.

  But where will things be politically by then?

  Also on Thursday in front of the Security Council, where for most of the morning Inner City Press was the only reporter present, Ladsous' deputy Edmond Mulet acknowledged that the notice sent to Security Council members on Friday June 15 has been signed by him.

  This notice, exclusively reported and published at 10 pm June 15 by Inner City Press and first called "consultations" by Ban's Associate Spokesman Farhan Haq, was later re-characterized by Nesirky as mere "informing."

  Inner City Press asked Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong, and Syria's Bashar Ja'afari, questions on this on Tuesday June 19, including about the so called "Third Force" in Syria. This led to others' questions and, according to one non-aligned diplomat, changed the scope of the debate.

  Try to forget they are moving to censor you or throw you out of the UN, the diplomat advised Inner City Press. Just do your job reporting, we send your dispatches and even tweets to the capital -- and it will all work out. Here's hoping. Watch this site.

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