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On Syria Press Elements, UNSC Prez from Rwanda Animated by 1994 Genocide

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 18 -- When UN Security Council experts re-convened Thursday afternoon on draft Syria humanitarian “press elements,” some thought the odds of agreement were low.

  After all, the Security Council hasn't agreed much on Syria, not only two vetoed resolutions but even draft press statements about terrorist attacks.

  "Press elements” -- which were all that non-permanent member Australia proposed -- are a form of Security Council action even below a press statement. It is an agreed summary of a meeting, which is neither translated nor put on the Council's web site.

  Still, Inner City Press showed that the UN Television camera, on which such press elements would be read, was disassembled.

But as Council members' experts met, breaking at 4:30 for some to make phone calls about the draft, things got closer. And the camera went back up: Tweeted photo here.

  Just after six pm the Security Council president for April, Eugene Richard Gasana, emerged and told Inner City Press that there would be elements to the press, in about an hour's time.

  He exclusively told Inner City Press that, with Rwanda's experience of the genocide of 1994, it would be unacceptable to preside over a Security Council in April which could not agree to at least something on Syria.

  Will more be possible during what remains of the month? What will Lakhdar Brahimi announce? Watch this site.

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