Banning Access of Kosovo, Unlike Serbia &
July 29 -- When the UN Security Council met on July 28 about
clashes inside Kosovo, Serbian foreign
minister Vuk Jeremic spoke to
the Press just outside the Council, and went inside after 6 pm to
meet with outgoing Council president Peter Wittig of Germany.
City Press heard that Kosovo's delegation, including its minister
Enver Hoxhaj, were refused even entrance into the UN compound, being
told that if they did not have a formal appointment, they could not
made a statement on UN TV outside the
Council, the Kosovars were nowhere to be seen.
e-mailed the top two Spokespeople for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
told that the Kosovo delegation 'could not get into the UN' this
afternoon, since it had no official business in/with the UN today.
Please confirm or deny that the Kosovo delegation requested passes to
enter the UN, and separately, that these were denied, and if so why.
Thanks, on deadline. Also: can you confirm it was Yakoblev? And
Controller Yamazaki's leaving, when? Thanks.”
received on July 28, nor on the morning of July 29. So at Friday's
noon briefing Inner City Press again asked if Kosovo had been denied
access to the UN compound.
spokesman Martin Nesirky said
way it works is, non-member states, other entities, do require an
official engagement or appointment at the UN to come in. This was the
case yesterday. Originally the Kosovo representative and Serbia had
been looking at the possibility of being invited to closed
consultation of the Security Council... Neither was invited. Serbia
is a member state and therefore had access.”
asked why Kosovo couldn't enter the UN, if other non-state parties to
conflicts like the Frente Polisario of Western Sahara and the Turkish
Cypriots -- and the Palestinian Authority -- are allowed in every
Vuk Jeremic previously in UNSC, Kosovo Banned from
“let's not mix things up here, you know the UN status position.”
ridiculous for the Kosovars to not even be able to enter the UN
building? Later on July 28 a large group from Senegal entered for an
event about Ahmadou Bamba. They were searched with an electronic
wand, but were allowed to enter. And not the Kosovars? We'll have
more on this.
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Serbia Denied TV & Meeting, France Says Russia Didn't Ask,
Chides on Syria
July 28, updated -- The Kosovo
compromise reached past 6 pm on
Thursday involved Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic being offered
a meeting not with the full Security Council but only its outgoing
president, Peter Wittig of Germany.
asked for an emergency meeting on the clashes on its border with
Kosovo. But this was not granted.
the Council at 6:27 pm, and came out a mere 13 minutes later. He
strode to the Security Council stakeout position, but found that the
UN TV camera was being disassembled. “Talk about a diss,” one wag
three minutes without UNTV, with Inner City Press filming -- click here for video on YouTube.
Inner City asked a question, but Jeremic did not answer it.
Later UNTV said it would re-set up its camera. But most of the
remaining media left.)
Gerard Araud as he came out of the Security Council told the Press
that there would have been a meeting if a Security Council member had
asked for one. “Russia pleaded for a meeting,” Araud said, “but
didn't ask for it.”
said, as he took over the Council presidency for May, that Russia had
not raised the issue of how to investigate alleged organ trafficking
by Kosovo's highest officials. It was in Russia's speech that month,
and since then Russia has proffered a draft resolution on the topic.)
told Inner City Press that inside Araud said by contrast, there are
2000 people killed in Syria. This was an implied dig at Russia's
opposition to a resolution on Syria, and shows how Security Council
issues are connected.
Representative Cabral, who proposed the first compromise of
Thursday's closed consultation, told Inner City Press that this deal
was more nuanced, with the UNMIK report being moved up - to August 5,
Inner City Press is told - and then a moved-up meeting.
asked, but is it true the UNMIK report doesn't cover the time period
of the border clash? Cabral said that the UN Department of
Peacekeeping Operations could supplement the report. We'll see.
Update of 7:15 pm -
at 7:10, Jeremic came out and spoke on the re-set up UN TV, saying "we
got shut out." But when Inner City Press asked question, he walked
away. Shut out indeed. Until August, then...
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Meeting on Serbia Set at UN, Russian Argument Lost
27 -- Serbia's letter asking for a emergency meeting of
the UN Security Council on Kosovo's “seizure” of a border
crossing in which at least one policeman was killed caused
controversy in the Council Wednesday morning.
Council members said they didn't have enough
information, and opposed an open meeting at which, they said, Serbian
foreign minister Vuk Jeremic could “use” the incident.
which Portuguese Permanent Representative Cabral described to Inner
City Press, is to hold a closed door consultation on Thursday
morning, with a briefing by UN Peacekeeping, probably by outgoing
chief Alain Le Roy. (Former UNMIK chief Lamberto Zannier has left to
head the OECD and has not been replaced.)
the closed door session might lead to an open meeting, another
Western delegation said that an open meeting, at least on Thursday,
was “highly unlikely,” expressing concern that the buzz about
Jeremic flying to New York was an attempt to “force” an open
meeting. “He can talk to you, the Press, out here if he want to,”
the Western Council member said.
the Security Council went further, saying that in Wednesday's
consultations about whether to have a meeting the Russian
representative “made two mistakes -- first calling it a 'minor
incident' then referring to two states.”
asked the Russian delegation about this; they say that the UN
mistranslated part of the statement from Russian. “Of course we
wouldn't call it two states.” Neither Serbia nor Russia nor the UN
recognizes Kosovo as a state.
Permanent Representative of a country in the middle -- let's called
them Non Aligned -- told Inner City Press that Russia at first called
it a “small” incident, then corrected that and that nearly all
other delegations agreed it was serious.
reference was apparently, according to the non aligned source, an
argument that as with the Thailand Cambodia border dispute, any
dispute between two states can trigger a Security Council meeting.
Western members consider Kosovo a state, how can they
oppose a meeting on this issue? And isn't their argument that an
open meeting could inflame things precisely the argument others make,
cynically they say, about places like Southern Kordofan in Sudan?
Watch this site.
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Africa Move Toward Joint Communique on Syria, European Members
Grumble at UN
-- As the crackdown has intensified in Syria, the
so-called IBSA countries -- India, Brazil and South Africa -- have
been under increasing pressure to “do something about Assad.”
Araud, for example, wrote an opinion piece in the
Brazilian press urging Brazil to support the long pending draft
Security Council resolution on Syria circulated by the European
members of the Council.
sources have for
some time been telling Inner City Press that IBSA has been moving
toward taking action.
Now on July 26
several European members
complained to Inner City Press that the action the IBSA countries are
moving toward is
not through the Council but rather a communication, or demarche,
directly to Syria.
not unexpected. As the Council's two resolutions on
Libya have been cited after the fact as authorizing not only
airstrikes but even the parachuting of weapons into the Nafusa
mountains by France, opposition to a Syria Council resolution has
and South Africa, each for its own reasons, wants to take some action
on Syria. Internally, each of the three government faces pressures
from some groups to do more about human rights in Syria, and from
others not to allow “another Libya.”
to Brazil, on a
recent Council on Foreign Relations conference call Inner City Press
asked, “what do you make of Brazil's position on Syria being
portrayed as... obstructionist?”
Brazil Donna Hrinak responded that the
congress certainly is playing more of a role. Itamaraty at one time
had, you know, virtual monopoly on foreign policy making. Civil
society is a lot more vibrant in Brazil in also speaking out on
foreign policy. You could do quite well by looking at what players
are active in U.S. foreign policy and seeing those same groups
reflected in Brazil.”
would an op-ed
by a French diplomat seeking to impact US foreign policy play out?
Brazil's PR Viotti, India's (3d from
left), Araud behind Susan Rice in shades, IBSA letter not shown
America director Julia Sweig also replied:
respect to Syria, there was a great deal of conflict with France over
that, but there were a couple of resolutions, I believe, that passed
in the Brazilian congress, which is becoming more and more active in
weighing in on foreign policy, condemning 1973, that resolution [on
Libya], and also a great deal of resistance on the Syria front that I
believe Itamaraty is increasingly sensitive to, as our foreign-policy
operatives are themselves when they conduct foreign policy. So in
foreign policy, domestic politics and voices will impinge.”
different in India and South Africa. So for the three to act together
is not unexpected, despite the grumbling from European members of the
Security Council. Watch this site.
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