Darfur, China Bristles at Misquote, Sudan Blames the West for Rebels'
Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
UNITED NATIONS, July
26 -- Since the UN is the House of Words, a perceived misquotation or partial
quotation can create an international incident, and slow or stop the diplomatic
the pending Security Council resolution to authorize the so-called hybrid force
to be send into Darfur, it was
"China's U.N. ambassador Wang Guangya said the new draft was a 'good
at the Security Council stakeout, Amb. Wang told the half-dozen reporters there
that "the other day I got a misquotation," adding that on the draft "China...
and the African were not happy." Video
service reporter at the stakeout was quick to gesture, "it wasn't me."
(Previously, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin had dressed down this wire, or a
translation of it into Russian.)
Thursday, the Chinese mission's spokeswoman nodded -- it was the other
wire. After answering Inner City Press' question about the Council's back-room
process of the Abkhazia, Georgia and Russia issues, Amb. Wang said it again:
"there is always misquoting of me." Video
correspondent noted said that Amb. Wang speaks in code, one has to understand
it. Another opined that Khartoum must have complained to China about the quote.
A third muttered, Watch, now he's going to cut us all off.
peacekeepers in Sudan (the South), wearing the blues
stakeout, Inner City Press asked Sudan's Ambassador Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem
Mohamad if, to the August 3 meeting in Arusha to unify the Darfur rebels, Abdel
Wahid Nour will be attending. "He says he is not going," was the response. "The
reason is the mixed signals from the international community." How? "They
receive them in their capitals as if they are heads of state, they are very
lenient with them -- now they take their time." And then he was gone, off to
speak with Arabic television.
there was the stalled Presidential Statement on "the humanitarian situation on
the Occupied Palestinian Territories." A Council diplomat told Inner City Press
that one of the hold-up is the inclusion of the word "Israel" rather than "the
parties." Only at the UN. Amb. Wang told reporters, if they are ready, I am
ready. As of Thursday night, there are no Council consultations scheduled for
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