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As ICP Asks Egypt of Sanctions, Haftar in Libya & S Sudan Arms, Cogent Answers, No Akhbar al Yom

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 2 – When Egypt's Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, President of the UN Security Council for August, held a press conference on August 2, Inner City Press asked him about Egypt's draft resolution to provide more oversight of UN sanctions teams, about South Sudan and Libya. On sanctions he cited countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (he could have said Eritrea); on South Sudan, he noted that there is no arms embargo to violate. UN experts asserted Egyptian military sales to South Sudan, as Inner City Press first reported. On Libya, he praised Haftar's presence at President Macron's meeting and said that new UN envoy Salame, with whom it met, will soon visit Tripoli, Cairo and Italy (which was left out of Macron's and Salame's show). We note that Egypt state media Akhbar al Yom, to whose emeritus correspondent Saana Youssef the UN is trying to give Inner City Press' long time office and leave it restricted from covering the General Assembly without a minder, wasn't even present. We'll have more on this. The day before on August 1 when new Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia emerged from Egypt's Security Council Program of Work meeting, Inner City Press asked him about the incoming President of the Council's proposals on sanctions, and he answered. Inner City Press: Egypt had a proposal about sanctions to have a working group to look at the impact of sanctions. What does Russia think of the proposal?

Nebenzia: We are discussing the resolution on that which is still in the Council. It has not been agreed upon yet. We have ideas about sanctions. You know that we are victims of illegitimate sanctions. Of course, any sanctions that the Security Council adopts – this is the limit of it. The Security Council is the only legitimate international body at all to come up with sanctions. We do not want to see extra sanctions on top of those adopted by the Security Council.

   Inner City Press streamed Periscope of the interchange, and the Russian Mission included it in its transcript, unlike most recently the UK which censored Inner City Press' questions - and Ambassador Rycroft's answer -- on Cyprus, here. We'll have more on this.


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