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At UN, Colonial Lineup on Mali and Somalia, US on Sudans, Outside PSC Confab

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 13, updated 11:47 am -- The UN Security Council's meeting with the African Union Peace & Security Council would seem like a big deal. But it was not listed in the UN Security Council's program or the UN Journal, and a total of four reporters wanly waited outside.

Inside, Inner City Press has learned, of the five issues on the agenda, each one has a UN Security Council "lead" to begin the discussion. For Sudan and South Sudan, the lead is the United States.

For Mali, the lead is former colonial master France. For Somalia, it is the UK.

This is similar to the Security Council's recent trip to West Africa, where the UK co-led on Sierra Leone, the US co-led on Liberia and France co-led on Cote d'Ivoire -- as it invited its head of UN Peacekeeping Herve Ladsous to give a "newsless" briefing on an attack on Nigerois peacekeepers, after which Ladsous refused to answer Inner City Press' question of if one or more Ivorian security forces were also killed. Tuesday night Inner City Press heard from Ivorian sources that between one and three were killed.

Not all colonial powers are equal. On June 12 for Guinea Bissau, it is not Portugal: the co-leads are Togo and Morocco. South Africa handles UN - AU relations.

As the meeting started, Inner City Press asked Libyan representative Ibrahim Dabbashi if and why he was attended. Libya is a member of the PSC. A representative of Djibouti, too, went in, presumably for the Somalia discussion.

Mali, as Inner City Press reported yesterday, will also be the subject of a meeting between the Security Council and ECOWAS on Friday. Watch this site.

Update of 11:48 am - As leads on the PSC side, which Inner City Press asked for quasi officially then after denial reported out, on Somalia it is Kenya, on Sudans it is Guinea, and on Mali it's Cameroon.

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