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On Syria, Ban Slams Assad Banning Kidwa, But Declined to Confirm, Censored

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNdislosed Location, June 7 -- Four speakers against Syria's Assad government were scheduled to start the UN General Assembly's 10 am session dubbed "Syria Superbowl II." Things started late, with the Qatari President of the General Assembly saying the UN's credibility is at stake.

He is the one who decided for a previous high profile Syria session to turn of UN Television as Syria's Permanent Representative Bashar Ja'afari began to speak.

Beyond Syria, he killed of the Security Council reform proposal of the so-called Small Five, by soliciting a slam-dunk letter from Ban Ki-moon's lawyer Patricia O'Brien, using but never releasing it, until the proposal was withdrawn.

Ban Ki-moon spoke and criticized the Assad government for not letting in Annan's Arab League nominated deputy Kidwa. But when Inner City Press first reported on and asked about this blockage, the UN wouldn't confirm it (instead, it demanded the censorship of an Inner City Press, sourced to Ambassadors at the UN, of a trip to Syria by one of the Deputy's and Ban's Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous.

After that trip, Ladsous refused on camera to answer any questions from Inner City Press, about the UN taking cholera to Haiti and accepting alleged war criminal Sri Lanka general Shavenda Silva as a UN adviser, saying "Well, Mister, I will start answering your questions when you stop insulting me and making malicious and insulting insinuations." Video here, at Minute 28:10.

  When Syria's Bashar Ja'afari spoke -- after a notably blackout by UN Television --he questioned how Ban could so quickly judge who killed who in Houla.
  Notably, Ban still blurs who killed 40,000 people in Sri Lanka in 2009; in his UN, raising the question leads to attacks and threats of expulsion, non-acceditation.

Arab League Araby started with a shout-out to the PGA, saying it was his first speech in the GA since the Qatari was elected. One wondered if Araby will return to the GA under the next PGA to be elected tomorrow: Serbia foreign minister Vuk Jeremic or the lower profile Lithuanian Permanent Representative. Watch this site.

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