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On Syria Draft Without 7b, Araud Claims There's Still "Transfer of Power"

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, February 2 -- Minutes after Inner City Press published the UN Security Council's new Syria draft, which omits Paragraph 7(b) about "delegation by the President of Syria of his full authority to his Deputy," French Ambassador Gerard Araud came out of the Council.

Inner City Press asked Araud, if you agreed to take out delegation of power by Assad, how can you claim it is still in the draft?

Araud said, "We didn't drop the transfer of power."

But Paragraph 7b is gone, Inner City Press pointed out.

"But 7a also, and 7c also," Araud said. "We are supporting the plan, and in the plan you have the transfer of power."

Another Western diplomat on the Council argued to Inner City Press that Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby talked about a delegation by Assad to his deputy, implying it would be temporary.

A non-Western, BRICS diplomat scoffed to Inner City Press that "only one or two members of the Council will claim that the delegation of power is called for by this resolution -- it is not."

(c) UN Photo
Araud being questions at stakeout previously, 7b not seen

So it seems that around a single text, there are ALREADY divergent interpretations. The BRICS diplomat continue, "This time Russia will hold them to it." Watch this site.

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