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After 24 Soldiers Killed by US / NATO, Pakistan Writes Letter to UN, Text Here

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 28 -- Pakistan has written to the UN and its Security Council, formalize its protests to the US (and NATO in Brussels), and the request at the US vacate the Shamsi Airbase in 15 days.  Inner City Press just obtained the letter, and is putting it online, here.

  In the wake of the American / NATO attack killing 24 Pakistani soldiers, throughout Monday Inner City Press put questions UN Secretariat and Security Council sources.

  After Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's deputy spokesman told Inner City Press the UN had "no line" or comment on the attack, a Security Council Permanent Representative told Inner City Press to "ask Ambassador Haroon" of Pakistan, "he is back in town."

  Later this same Permanent Representative told Inner City Press that Haroon had submitted a formal letter to Ban and the Council about the attack. The Security Council president for November, Portuguese Ambassador Cabral, told Inner City Press "It has just been received."

  Another Deputy Permanent Representative confirmed to Inner City Press that he had seen it. Following this, Inner City Press asked US Ambassador Susan Rice, but she said she hadn't seen it. Yet.

  Moments later, Inner City Press obtained the letter, and is putting it online, here. It recounts protests with the US (and NATO in Brussels), and the request at the US vacate the Shamsi Airbase in 15 days. We will have more on this, but put the letter online as soon as we obtained it.

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Ban in Pakistan, letter not yet shown or responded to

This is the way the question was dodged at the UN's noon briefing on Monday:

Deputy Spokesperson del Buey: Matthew?

Inner City Press: I want to ask one about this incident that took place between the US and Pakistan in which more than 20 Pakistani soldiers were killed by a US attack. I just wonder, especially since the UN has a mission in Afghanistan, does the UN have any response to that, any comment? Do they think greater care should be taken? What do they make of the incident?

Deputy Spokesperson: Well, we are aware of the reports and we are waiting to see if we get a line on that. I have got nothing on that for you right now.

Question: I was following up, this is an ongoing situation, but Pakistan has been complaining time and again and obviously it is the United States that is involved in it; on drone attacks and attacks which have been taking place for a very long time, and United Nations doesn’t seem to even recognize that as a problem. Is there any particular reason that the Secretary-General chooses to ignore this situation?

Deputy Spokesperson: Well, to the best of my knowledge, thus far, there has been no Security Council resolution or General Assembly resolution on this situation and on the cross-border bombings. And the Secretary-General, if we have something on that, we will let you know.

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