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On Yemen, Sources Quote Guterres That “Saudis Won't Talk To Me Anymore,” Feltman Ax?

By Matthew Russell Lee, Periscope; Video

UNITED NATIONS, October 4 – On Yemen, sources close to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres saying, "the Saudis won't even talk to me anymore," in connection with the current plan of including the Saudi-led Coalition in the Children and Armed Conflict annex in a section for those child killers who "have put in place measures during the reporting period to improve the protection of children." The sources also focus on the UN Department of Political Affairs holdover chief Jeffrey Feltman, who last time conveyed the fatwa threat to then Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. This time, Inner City Press is informed, Feltman faces a move to belatedly replace him, coming (the request, now yet the execution) this week. We'll have more on this. When a Yemen meeting during the UN General Assembly week was held at 8 am on September 22, new UN Relief Chief Mark Lowcock introduced as speakers the foreign ministers of Sweden and the Netherlands, representatives of Japan and the UAE, and the UN's envoy Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed. While billed as a humanitarian meeting, the UAE spoke without irony about outside interference. (Yemen's representative spoke in Arabic; Inner City Press streamed Periscope video). On September 28, Inner City Press asked Lowcock whether he thought the meeting had a sufficiently humanitarian character. He pointed to his concluding statements, which Inner City Press had not heard (see below), saying that the focus should be on humanitarian access, and later lamenting the continuing failure to deploy cranes. The reason Inner City Press was unable to get these views, and others, on September 22 is, in a phrase, UN censorship. To get to the meeting, held in UN Conference Room 5, Inner City Press unlike other no-show reporters like Egypt's Akhbar al Yom was required to get a UN escort or minder, who told Inner City Press it could not ask questions or speak with anyone. This despite UN OCHA staff telling Inner City Press it could wait outside and speak to people as they left. So the UN's retaliatory eviction of Inner City Press 19 months ago for covering the now conflicted UN corruption by Macau based businessman Ng Lap Seng through then PGA John Ashe now results in it, unlike the Saudi and pro-Saudi media in the meeting, being unable to speak to the participants. This has been raised, so far without any response, to Lowcock's fellow Brit, the head of DPI Alison Smale, here. This is today's UN. We hope to report more on Lowcock's views, including hoping that OCHA releases transcripts of what Lowcock says. While Canada join