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At UN SC on Terror, Assad Blamed for Fueling, Russia Targets Sweden on Web

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 10 -- With terrorism the subject of a UN Security Council session on Thursday morning, Russian Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin told Inner City Press on his way into the chamber that he would be circulating to the Council a draft press statement on the "terrorist attacks" in Damascus, including the death of children.

  Churkin stopped and read out word for word the Council's boilerplate language about terrorism never being justifiable.

  By contrast German Ambassador Peter Wittig on his way in while comdemning the Damascus bombs said that Assad's "failure to comply" had "fueled" this. Is that a justification?

  At 1 pm a Permanent Representative told Inner City Press that Russia's draft "has been circulated." There are previously scheduled afternoon consultations.

  Once inside the Chamber in the open meeting, Churkin took on another subject and target, saying that Sweden has not complied with Paragraph 6 of Resolution 1989 in not shutting down the website "Caucasus Emirates."

Paragraph 6 is read as including Internet hosting as the type of service that cannot be provided to a group on the terrorism list.

 Some wonder if non UN members, or de facto territories like Azawad, are bound by this: can one imagine server farms in Timbuktu?

  There was a long scheduled visit by CTED to three Scandinavian countries set for next month, confirmed to Inner City Press by Ambassador Churkin on his way out of the Council.

   Inner City Press further understands that Russia has asked for a Resolution 1989 expert to go along, specifically on the issue of this website in Sweden. Meanwhile Swedish Jan Eliasson is coming to take over as Ban Ki-moon's Deputy Secretary General. Watch this site.

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