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On Syria, Russia Will Raise Its Envoy Request in UNSC on Wednesday, Paying Non-Voter in GA Mulls Al Qaeda

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 21 -- In front of the UN Security Council Tuesday morning, the Permanent Representatives of the UK and Morocco were asked about Russia's public statements that it was asking for a UN envoy or representative to Syria, on humanitarian issues. Both said they hadn't heard of it, at least in the Council.

  A Russian diplomat scoffed to Inner City Press that the statement had been put on the Internet and Twitter, and pushed out by ambassadors in Lebanon and elsewhere. We all read these things, he said. But anyway we will raise it tomorrow in consultations, after the piracy briefing.

  A usually well informed diplomat, after attending Brazil's "Responsibility While Protecting" event at the UN Tuesday afternoon, told Inner City Press he at least wasn't aware of Russia's proposal. He added, perhaps joking, that "the Russian who works for OCHA in Geneva" was perhaps the envoy "they have in mind."

Inside the Responsibility while Protecting meeting, Inner City Press asked Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative, "any envoy?" We're working on it, he replied. But Ban Ki-moon was setting off, later that day, on yet another trip, this time for a week including to Zambia and Angola.

Syria's Ja'afari with Brazil PR & FM on Feb 21, (c) MRLee

  The Permanent Representative of one of the countries which chose not to vote on the Syria resolution in the General Assembly on February 16 told Inner City Press his reason: a concerns about the role of Al Qaeda, and who would take control from Bashar al Assad. The country is a US ally. Watch this site.

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