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New Syria Draft Drops Assad Delegating to Deputy, France Wants Vote

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 2 -- The new Syria draft of the UN Security Council, as obtained by Inner City Press and put online here, omits Paragraph 7(b) about "delegation by the President of Syria of his full authority to his Deputy."

  There are other changes, visible on the text we are putting online, in HTML as a courtesy after push-back about previously publishing track changes.

  It can be analyzed later this morning: the Security Council meeting to discuss the draft has been moved from 10 am to 3 pm on Thursday (ironically, elsewhere in Manhattan at the Ritz Carlton there is a protest against Yemen's Ali Saleh.)

French Ambassador Gerard Araud on his way into the Council at 10 am spoke of putting the text "in blue" on Thursday night, hoping for a vote on Friday.

(c) UN Photo
Araud of France pointing finger, Para 44 of LAS Observer Report not shown

The reference to transfer of power has been dropped; some are sure to insist that it is still in as "subtext." Watch this site.

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