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At UN, Kosovo Meeting Still August 24, Yemen & Sudan on Tap, Syria in Shadows

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 2, updated -- The August program of work of the UN Security Council is light, according to a draft Inner City Press obtained from a member state on Monday morning. At least as of August 2, the briefing on Kosovo has not been moved forward. It remains listed for August 24, despite the tensions on the border with Serbia.

(Update: Hardeep Singh Puri later at his briefing said that Serbia itself asked for further delay, to August 29, to accommodate the schedule of its foreign minister, Vuk Jeremic.)

There is a Sudan consultation on August 11, and two "Department of Political Affairs" briefings on August 9 and 23, at least one of which sources say will be about Yemen.

(Update: Hardeep Singh Puri later at his briefing said it's August 9 that is about Yemen.)

The Indian presidency's thematic debate is on August 26, about UN peacekeeping operations. The Middle East debate is the day before on August 25. Libya is the topic on August 30. And Syria? Well, who knows. Until now it has depended on actions in Libya. Click here for Inner City Press' Syria story of Monday morning.

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At UN on Syria, Brazil "Elements" Based on IBSA Considered, Vehicle Deferred

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 2 -- As the Syria "drafting session" of the UN Security Council took a break late Tuesday morning, various Council members said there's an attempt to bridge the European's draft resolution and a set of "elements" put forward by Brazil, also on behalf of India and South Africa.

South African Permanent Representative Baso Sangqu told Inner City Press that the form or format is not yet set -- resolution or statement -- but that the Brazil elements represent IBSA. This was clarified: it is a Brazilian proposal based on IBSA's position.

The danger, a well placed IBSA source told Inner City Press, is that even if the sides agree on substance, they have not and may well not agree on the "vehicle" - that is, if it's a resolution.

Amb. Viotti of Brazil, with Hardeep of India and Churkin: elements not shown

  Meanwhile a western spokesman tried to tell the press to make sure to confront Russian Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin with the reported comments of his foreign minister Lavrov, that Russia is not necessarily opposed to a Council resolution.

One assumes that Churkin, even just back from a trip to Tibet and Mongolia, is well in touch and in synch with his capital. But we will ask. Watch this site.

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Click here for a Reuters AlertNet piece by this correspondent about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click here for an earlier Reuters AlertNet piece about the Somali National Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an undefined trust fund.  Video Analysis here

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