in on Benghazi, at UN France Plays the Blues
16, updated -- We have
put the resolution into blue, French
Ambassador Gerard Araud came out and told the Press on Wednesday
afternoon. Later another French diplomat qualified it, that “we
are in the process of putting it into blue.” He said the request to
put it in blue was to put pressure on the Council to vote.
blue means the UN printing out a final draft in blue ink. By the
rules, a Council member can ask for 24 hours after a draft becomes
final or blue before a vote is called.
The 24 hour waiting period could be waived
- if all Council members agree, which seemed unlikely as Wednesday's
this case, what does putting a non-final draft into blue mean? Apparently, with
Nicolas Sarkozy “all in” on Libya, sending his own letters to the
Council while his new foreign minister Juppe speaks of air strikes,
France wants to show just how committed it is.
at being portrayed as obstructionist. It is like a game of
chicken: neither side wants to be accused of not acting urgently
enough. So they can continue talking about the resolution paragraph
by paragraph, so that the session can be described as “marathon.”
could it be a
fake marathon, and an artificial blue?
France's "blue" claim ludicrous, Inner City Press received some heat,
and explained that using
arcane UNSC rules to show seriousness, if not ludicrous, might not be
But if UNSC
rules, and even what's arcane, are not understood, maybe France's
grandstanding IS effective.
But Russia had its own grandstanding on
Wednesday, offering a ceasefire resolution and then telling the press
that opposition could not be understood. Grandstanding all around,
analysis when time allows. Watch this site.
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Council Slows on Libya, Dabbashi Says “10 Hours, Treki in
16 -- While the UN Security
Council went through its
five page draft resolutions paragraph by paragraph, Libyan diplomat
Ibrahim Dabbashi came out to talk to the Press. He had prepared
talking about, about Gadhafi using mercenaries “who fought in
Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda,” from Niger, Mali (off camera)
and Chad (on camera).
has told Inner City Press that while they may be
“individual Chadians” fighting with Gadhafi, the Deby government
does not choose between him and the rebels.
Dabbashi said a Council resolution authorizing air strikes is needed
“in ten hours.”
do you have?” Inner City Press asked Dabbashi. Enough, he said. He
said the rebels' use of these planes has driven Gadhafi crazy.
questions about timing -- Dabbashi backed off the ten hour figure,
ending up saying the revolutionaries are “not counting” on the
Council -- Inner City Press asked him if the UN Secretariat has
spoken to him about the letter from Gadhafi's government saying he
and Shalgam no longer represent Libya, or if he thought the UN
Secretariat now recognized the rebels as the government,as France
our work with credentials, Dabbashi said.
Where is Shalgam? He is here in New York, Dabbashi said.
asked, “Where is Treki?”
Dabbashi quickly answered.
Benghazi met with Ahmed Gebreel, who worked on Treki's transition
into the Presidency of the GA. There is talk of the UN of Ali Treki,
former President of the General Assembly, seeking to go into exile
rather than come to New York to represent Gadhafi at the UN. But his
family is still in Libya. Has there ever been an Ambassador at the
UN under duress?
Dabbashi earlier at UN: now, only 10 hours? Recognized by UN?
spokesperson emerged from the Council to say that the Council is
going through the resolution paragraph by paragraph, given the
Churkin came out and told press he was angry at being
portrayed as an obstructionist. The buzz is that Russia by asking
questions is seeking to slow things down. “They don't dare veto
it,” a source said, “so they seek to slow it down.” But what
about the US? Watch this site.
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UN Delays, “Not the End of the
World” - But Benghazi?
-- As in Libya the Gadhafi forces say they are
prepared to move on the rebel capital Benghazi, at the UN
Council in New York the Permanent Representative of the UK Mark
Grant told the Press that if there's not a vote on a no fly zone
until tomorrow, it's “not the end of the world.”
could it be the
end of Benghazi? “We don't think it will happen on that time
frame,” he said. He came out to add that Russia, perhaps not
surprisingly, had asked for a postponement of the scheduled
consultations on the no fly zone, from 11 am to noon.
as it did Tuesday evening, if Lebanon had an answer from the
Arab League if its request is for a ban on all or only military
flights. A Western spokesman said his delegation has some answers,
but on that one would have to “ask Lebanon.”
But they have not
Gadhafi over Gillard & Rudd, Downer &
no fly zone not shown, h/t AdelaideNow
seemed resigned to no vote on Wednesday, speaking
instead of “tomorrow night” or even “the end of the week.”
would any of
the other Permanent Five members dare veto such a resolution? Many
asked about the US position, without receiving answers. Watch this
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on Whether All or Only Military Flights Would be
update -- Which flights would a No Fly Zone
over Libya actually
ban? All or only military flights?
after Lebanon distributed a draft resolution that it said based based
on the Arab League's decision, German Permanent Representative Wittig
came out and told the Press that Germany questioned whether a no fly
zone would be inconsistent with the Arab League's opposition to
consultations ended, to be resumed on Wednesday,
Inner City Press at the stakeout asked Lebanon's Ambassador about
Germany's stated concern that a No Fly Zone could be foreign
said no, that
“the Libyan people” and the Arab League asked for it, and if the
UN Security Council authorized it, it could not be intervention.
the course of
further reporting, informed Council sources told Inner City Press
that issue in closed door consultations was that the Arab League, in
Arabic, referred to banning military flights, while the version
introduced at the UN in English would ban ALL flights. Lost in
translation? Watch this site.
Update of 5:20 pm --
French Ambassador Gerard Araud did not echo his foreign minister
Juppe's call to bomb Gadhafi's air fields in Libya, something that
Lebanon's Ambassador seemed to speak against at the stakeout, hoping
that approving a No Fly Zone would obviate the need to bomb. Hey:
Danish Foreign Affairs minister Lene Espersen has said Denmark
with four jets and 90 staff....
Update of 5:44 pm:
India's Permanent Representative Hardeep Puri came out and told the
Press pointedly that the draft would ban ALL flights -- but as Inner
City Press first reported, is that what the Arab League has called for?
also said that India might not have the right kind of assets to enforce
a no fly zone.
Update of 5:59 pm --
when Chinese Permanent Representative Li Baodong, this month's Council
president, came to the stakeout, Inner City Press asked him to confirm
the closed door discussion of Arab League referring to military
flights, not the "all" in the draft resolution. "You're raised a good
question," he replies. So this is one of the issues Lebanon has
to check with the Arab League about overnight...
Update of 6:05 pm --
and now we have asked Lebanon's Mission to the UN, via their Twitter
account, to answer when they can. New era? We'll see.
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Jordan Ahli Bank, Links With Libya
al Khatib as the UN's
envoy on Libya, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon moved quickly --
describe even some close to Ban as an autocracy, al
director not only of Lafarge Jordan Cement Company
but also of Jordan Ahli Bank.
borders. A sample connection: along
Foreign Bank, a fully owned subsidiary of the Central
Bank of Libya, Jordan Ahli Bank
is a top 20 shareholder of Union de
Banques Arabes et Francaises.
UN's Ban administration even consider
Ban & al-Khatib in 2007, directorships not shown: or considered?
previously claimed that 99% of his officials have made
public financial disclosure. But when Inner City Press showed this is
not true -- even Ban's close ally Choi Young-jin, his envoy in Cote
d'Ivoire, declined to make public financial disclosure -- Ban's
spokesman Martin Nesirky said Ban's statement had been
Ban names and
injects al Khatib into a struggle about democracy and free press,
when as Inner City Press noted
defamation suit against weekly newspaper al-Hilal's editor-in-chief
Nasir Qamash and journalist Ahmad Salama. He [al-Khatib] objected to
the content of a January article, and said his tribe had threatened
to beat up Salama if he failed to take action. The case remains in
the courts at this writing."
what process was
al-Khatib vetted and selected? Watch this site.
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