Draft Was Foreshadowed in Congo, Hillary Jumped the Gun
Considers Iran Debate Before Wednesday Vote, Deliberate on
June 7, updated -- With the push on for the Security Council to adopt
nuclear sanctions against Iran, Turkey and Brazil on Monday convened
consultations to ask for a formal debate before the sanctions vote.
Inner City Press asked if the request was for non-Council members,
like Syria for example, to be able to speak. We'll tell you when we
come out, more than one entrant said.
entrants came out at 5 p.m. and predicted to the Press that the Iran
sanctions vote will be Wednesday. While Hillary Clinton is slated to
speak about Iran with her Brazilian counterpart at the Organization
of American States meeting in Peru, the proponents of the sanctions
seemed resigned to non affirmative votes by Turkey, Brazil and
announced that the Council will hold more consultations on Iran, this
time on the resolution itself, on the morning of June 8. The
resolution text is "in blue" but the annexes are not. While
on the previous North Korea nuclear resolution, the annexes were left
for the Sanctions Committee to do, that requires consensus which
would be blocked in this instance by... Turkey, Brazil and perhaps
emerged at 5:34 p.m., wouldn't confirm a Wednesday vote -- whatever
everyone else wants, she said genially -- and ended with "this week."
US' Susan Rice and Alex Wolff, UK's Lyall Grant,
annexes not shown
represented for once by its two top diplomats, Susan Rice and
Alejandro Wolff. Unlike all other Ambassadors they arrived with a
security presence. Reporters lounged around in their designated pen,
where they'd convened in the morning for a meeting on North Korea.
the sinking of
the Cheonan ship, there's a request for another meeting. A
self-described Western diplomat said that the Security Council will
deal with the issue as deliberately as the "multinational"
/ South Korean investigators did. We will continue to live blog what's
left of these
consultations: watch this space.
of 5:50 p.m. -- Council President Heller emerged, declined to go on
camera, said that Tuesday a political discussion but definitely a
vote "this week."
5:50 p.m. -- Council President Heller emerged, declined to go on
camera, said that Tuesday a political discussion but definitely a
vote "this week."
6:27 p.m. -- Brazil's Ambassador came out. We want to have a
political debate, she said. Tomorrow will be a "stage" in
this process. Oh, the theatrics. Why do you want a debate, a reporter
shouted out. Because so far it has been all technical. We do not want
to debate just the resolution, but the wider context. Wednesday vote?
She walked up the stairs.
6:44 p.m. -- Turkey's Ambassador came out, and at least stopped to
speak with the Press. It is all under discussion, though, is what he
said, it would not be appropriate to comment. Inner City Press
switched gears and asked for Turkey's view on the flotilla
investigation proposed by Ban Ki-moon. My understanding is the
Secretary General is proceeding, he said. And then he was gone, the
stakeout and this interim story over. 10-4
* * *
May 20 -- With the US-introduced
now pending in the UN Security Council, some have wondered how and
why it was introduced so quickly after Turkey and Brazil announced
their deal with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At the UN, US Ambassador Susan
Rice convened a briefing for select press on May 18. Inner City Press
is informed that this was supposed to be the US's launch of the
resolution, its announcement of agreement with Russia and China.
forced by the
Turkish and Brazilian deal with Iran, US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton jumped the gun earlier on May 18, testifying on Capitol Hill
that the resolution would be distributed in the UN Security Council
later that day.
scooped, merely read out the text of the resolution to the reporters
selected by her and her spokesman Mark Kornblau. Later on May 18,
after a Security
session outside of which Brazil's Ambassador
announced her country would not "engage" with the US draft,
the text of the resolution was given to again select reporters at a
reception at the Waldorf=Astoria.
resolution, Rice's staff read over the shoulder as a story was being
written, demanding to know how Rice and the resolution were being
next day at an
ostensibly off the record briefing by UK Ambassador Mark Lyell Grant,
UK selected reporters were told that the agreement was reached
Friday, with confirmation from capitals on Monday.
tell Inner City Press, France's Ambassador Gerard Fraud said during some
Council members' trip to Kinsasha over the weekend that the P-5
plus one had agreed, and the resolution would be unveiled to in the
Council to other members on Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice, who goes first on Iran?
a UN reception
for Cameroon's 50th anniversary on May 20, the Permanent
Representative of a major developing country scoffed at the
resolution and its timing. "You will not stop Iran," he told Inner City
Press. He said that "Saudi Arabia doesn't really want a bomb," and it
difficult for Egypt to come out and say Iran should not have a
nuclear bomb if Israel has 200.
asked if he thinks Brazil's Lula da Silva really wants to replaced
Ban Ki-moon as Secretary General of the UN. No, he said, Lula is too
big for the job. The Cameroonian music played.
Cameroon's reception, France's Araud and the UK's Lyall Grant were
in the house, along with a slew of other Ambassadors. The Permanent
Representatives of the US and Russia were not seen, the latter having
the UN excuse of a simultaneous screening of a film classic about
Russia's win in World War II.
Ambassador of Cameroon cut the cake and then the rug: there was
dancing. It was the most successful reception so far in
the "interim" Delegates Dining Room, topping Senegal, but
to Inner City Press an Ivorian diplomat vowed to go it one better.
* * *
Iran, Turkey and Brazil, US Rushes Out Sanctions Resolution Speaking
of Energy- but China Differs
May 18, updated --
As the UN Security Council convened Tuesday at 4
o'clock for the belated distribution to members of the draft Iran
sanctions resolution, whether the U.S. had played its cards right was
the question of the hour. Vice President Joe Biden had said the
resolution would be passed by the end of April. Then other
Administration sources said that, out of respect for the complex
internal politics of Lebanon, the Council's president for May, it
would wait for June.
Brazil's foray to Tehran, and deal about exchanging uranium with
Iran, forced the sanctions proponents' hand. A Turkish diplomat told
Inner City Press on May 17, what's the need for sanctions now? It
seems clear Turkey will not vote for them, and neither will Brazil.
Tuesday morning told the Senate that the draft resolution -- agreed
to by China and Russia she said -- would be distributed to the non
permanent Council members later in the day.
US Mission to
the UN then invited select reporters for a briefing by Ambassador
Susan Rice, saying it was embargoed until 4 p.m.. Major foreign
correspondents, including from the Middle East, were not invited.
Some joked that they must be, in the U.S. view, "non permanent"
UN's Ban and Ahmadinejad, outflanking not shown
if the U.S. got China to agree so quickly, the sanctions must be
extremely weak. The appearance of action is perhaps more important at
this time than action itself. Watch this space.
Update of 4:25 p.m.
-- the new press pen is standing room only, and no TV cameras are
allowed to film the entrance of the Ambassadors. As the French go in,
Deputy de la Riviere mugs for the crowd: oh la la. Brazil's Ambassador
rushes in. There are predictions of between half an hour and an
hour of consultations. The stakeout is ready.
Update of 4:36 p.m.
-- a brief descent into substance: some question why Iran would go
forward with the uranium swap it agreed with Turkey if the Security
Council votes for sanctions at this time. To others this sounds like an
argument made in China.
Update of 4:41 p.m.
-- a diplomat emerging from the Council tells the Press, it's not
really a resolution that they've distributed. Reporters penned in crane
to hear. Inside and out, there are translation problems.
Update of 4:51 p.m.
-- translation issue explained: a P-5 spokesperson emerges to clarify
that the translation equipment did not work. The document (this P-5er
IS calling it a draft resolution) was distributed, and a speech began.
Then the equipment didn't work.
Update of 4:53 p.m.
-- Brazil's Ambassador emerges and says, there is a new situation with
the swap. This is the time for negotiations.
Update of 4:57 p.m.
-- Brazil's Ambassador speaks to Brazilian TV. Others -- CNN, Al
Jazeera -- shout, "to the stakeout please! In English!" But all
politics are local.
Update of 5:11 p.m.
-- suddenly reporters want to know the name of the Ambassador of
Brazil, who's been on the Security Council for five and a half months.
Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, we hardly knew ye!
Update of 5:24 p.m.
- in the lull, there is this
ABC "blog" listing elements, quoting a "senior UN official."
5:57 p.m. -- in serial stakeouts, the Ambassadors of the US,
France, UK, Russia and China spoke. The US's Susan Rice spoke of
language -- "preambular" -- about investing in Iran's
energy sector. She could only two questions, chosen by her spokesman:
Al Jazeera and Canadian Broadcasting Corp (some guessed, to make up
for a lack of internationalism in their afternoon invites). Inner
City Press asked China's Li Baodong if his country would feel
constrained against investing in Iran's energy sector by this
language. He said that the purpose of sanctions is to bring Iran to
the table, not to punish normal people. This apparently means:
Chinese investment in Iran's oil sector would continue. Then Li
Baodong was gone, an exclusive offered to Xinhua News Service. There
will be negotiations "at the expert level" in the coming
days. Watch this site.
6:06 p.m. -- but wait! There's more! Turkey's Ambassador leaves the
chamber, and reporters, mostly for Japanese media, follow him up the
stairs. He pauses, speaks of "CBM." Some scratch their heads:
continental ballistic missiles? No -- it's Confidence Building
Measures! Outside it is raining.