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At UN, South Africa Wants to Hear from Tony Blair, Saharan Christopher

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, September 3 -- In Gaza, the sister in law of the UN's Envoy to the Quartet, Tony Blair, is trapped by Israel's blockade. In the UN Security Council, the question has again arisen, raised by South Africa: who does Tony Blair represent? South African Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo told Inner City Press that his request that Blair provide a briefing to the Council had run into opposition. For Blair to appear, the opponents say, the other three members of the Quarter will have to agree. Both the U.S. and Russia are said to be opposed.  The views of JPMorgan Chase, which pays Blair $1 million a year, are not known at this time.

   As the Council met Wednesday morning over breakfast about its program for the month, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative Alejandro Wolff confirmed that the Blair issue's been raised, "by South Africa," he said. He said it was not yet clear if Blair will brief the Council.  Another participant in the morning's closed door debate told Inner City Press that it had been "surreal."

   Blair is described as the UN representative on the Quarter -- but which UN?

Blair ready to brief -- but not the Security Council, maybe JPMorgan

 The General Assembly? Only Ban Ki-moon? As one non-Permanent Council diplomat told Inner City Press, Ban cannot operate on his own without a mandate. Ban unilaterally imposed a form of sanctions on Hamas without any direction from the Council, the diplomat continued.  Perhaps the issue of Blair's many side employments, including with JPMorgan Chase, will arise. Tellingly, when Inner City Press has asked Ban's Spokesperson what safeguards are in place given Blair's multiple employers, the answer has been "Ask Tony Blair." But it is a UN question, isn't it?

   The secondary issue in Wednesday's Council consolations was when Javier Solana should provide his briefing. At the margins, questions arose about who will replace Peter Van Walsum as the UN's mediator on Western Sahara. Three sources tell Inner City Press that the frontrunner is none other than Warren Christopher. We'll see.

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