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At UN on US - Pakistan Attack, "No Line," No Resolution, No Comment

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 28 -- After a US attack in Pakistan killed more than 20 Pakistani soldiers, Inner City Press on Monday asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Deputy Spokesman Eduardo del Buey what the UN had to say about it, if it thought greater care should be taken.

"We're aware of the reports," del Buey said, "we'll see if we get a line on that." Video here, from Minute 25:42.

  This appears to mean that the Office of the Spokesperson will wait to see if Ban or his team -- Ban's on his way to South Korea -- comes up with a short statement about this cross-border attack. A member of Ban's team told Inner City Press that such a statement is unlikely.

  When del Buey was pressed, he said that "to the best of my knowledge, neither the Security Council nor General Assembly has passed a resolution on the situation." That, of course, is another question. Ban's office puts on statements on less deathly incidents that are less of a threat to international peace and security. Why not this one?

(c) UN Photo
Ban in Pakistan, comment on killing of 28 soliders not shown

  A Permanent Representative serving on the Security Council told Inner City Press no one had raised it Monday morning in the Council, and that Inner City Press should seek out Pakistan's ambassador Haroon. Pakistan is joining the Security Council on January 1. Watch this site.

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