Council, March Agenda Omits
Sri Lanka, UK Did Not Even Request, Libya Implies
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, March 3 --
"Sri Lanka is not an issue on the agenda of the Security Council, we
met the request of the Secretariat to brief the Council," the Libyan president of the Council for March
Ibrahim Dabbashi told the Press on Tuesday. At the monthly briefing on
Council's program of work, Inner City Press asked Ambassador Dabbashi
would be any follow-up on the UN's
John Holmes February 27 presentation to the
Council. Video here,
from Minute 12:18.
Initially, Dabbashi tried not to answer
the question at all. When Inner City Press asked it again, Dabbashi
"we are always ready when there is a necessity of getting
information." Video here,
from Minute 14:20.
Later, however, Dabbashi grew more combative. "The
majority of the
members don't feel the need to put it on the agenda," he said. "Sri
Lanka, I have already replied, I am not going to comment any more."
The majority of the questions directed at Dabbashi,
three of the first
five, concerned the expected indictment of Sudanese president Omar
for war crimes on March 4, and why Libya would like to suspend the
That is the position of the African Union and the League of Arab
replied. He called the conflict in Darfur one about resources, which
unfortunately has become internationalized.
Inner City Press asked if the reference in footnotes
to the month's
program of work called "Peace and Security in Africa" refers to
Zimbabwe or to Eritrea and Djibouti. Dabbashi confirmed it is the
said that "the Leader" Gaddafi had been in Eritrea a few days ago,
and that the UN's top politico Lynn Pascoe is "trying to do
something." Therefore an overdue meeting on Eritrea has been postponed.
One wonders what knowledge The Leader may have of the UN envoy taken
Niger, Robert Fowler, and whether that will finally make the Council's
Tony Blair, the UN-affilaited Quartet's envoy, is
again listed in the
footnotes for the month. Since November, he has refused to brief the
despite showing up in Washington to speak at prayer breakfasts and the
said noted the outstanding request of South Africa, no longer on the
So Blair outlasted Dumisani Kumalo, the South African Ambassador,
wag. But Kumalo will be back, as South Africa's envoy to the Great
maybe for the UN. Ban has been told, by the General Assembly, to get
new Special Advisor on Africa. We'll see.
Libya in the Council, Sri Lanka civilian casualties
It is not difficult to get an issue placed in the
footnotes at the
beginning of a Council month of work. The UK and US, for example, got
and Myanmar included even while their resolutions on the topics faced
threats, and on Zimbabwe received a double veto. That Sri Lanka is not
the footnotes calls into question things UK minister David Miliband
London, that the UK would be doing at the Council in New York. These
are yet to be answered.
at the risk of again
being called, by supporters of Sri Lanka's government, an agent of
must report that Dabbashi called the "1500 dead" in Gaza a genocide,
while saying that Sri Lanka with its over 2000 civilians killed so far
year is not on the agenda of the Council. Dabbashi
was asked if the Council has that
morning considered the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket players in
No, he said. Similarly, on March 2 Inner City Press asked
Question: in Sri Lanka there is this report of the
Government giving the UN system 300 acres for a camp for people leaving
conflict zone. As Mr. Holmes had said on
Friday, there is some dispute about whether the army will be near these
people will be able to leave the camps.
Are these camps going to be entirely… are the rules
going to be set by
the UN who people are treated there? Or
is the UN administering the camp for the Government?
Spokesperson Marie Okabe: We’ll have to
follow up with Mr. Holmes if you already asked him the question.
Press: On Friday he said this was somehow implied and there is a story
saying that in fact 300 acres had been…
Spokesperson Okabe: So, we’ll follow up
with Mr. Holmes.
And we're still waiting...
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