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At UN on Kosovo, Muted Talk of Organ Probe, How Statement Was Passed Out

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 12 -- After Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj spoke in the UN Security Council on Thursday, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said his statement should not have been distributed as he was only speaking in his “personal capacity.”

  Afterward Churkin told Inner City Press now that the Council had been “put on notice,” next time he would rip up the Kosovo minister's statement if it was distributed in the same way.

  “Only his own copy, I hope,” a Western diplomat told Inner City Press, commenting that the Kosovo debate had been surprisingly muted, other than disagreements on who should investigate allegations of organ trading by Kosovo's prime minister Thaci and “Distribution-Gate.”

Inner City Press asked both Hoxhaq and UN Kosovo envoy Lamerto Zannier about Distribution-Gate. Hoxhaj wouldn't comment on it and Zannier rolled his eyes. He told the Press that the OSCE top post he has applied for will be decided before the end of June.

Hoxhaq said he was surprised that Serbia would distrust the investigative powers of EULEX of the European Union, while trying to join the EU.

Enver Hoxhaj, response on statement tear-up threat not shown

  Inner City Press asked Hoxhaq to respond to Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic's argument that EULEX does not have justidiction in countries it would need to investigate, for example where the organ were purchased.

EULEX is not only 27 countries, Hoxhaq said. But that is the EU membership.

Jeremic never came to the stakeout to take questions. It is degenerated to this. Watch this site.

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At UN, Araud of France Says Russia Has Not Raised Kosovo Organ Trade

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 3 -- Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said publicly that Russia will support Serbia's request that the UN Security Council take up the reports of organ trafficking in Kosovo, including by Kosovar prime minister Thaci.

  But the Security Council's president for May, Gerard Araud of France, told the press on Tuesday that when he asked member states during his consultations with them on Monday about the issue, none of them said they would pursue it.

  After Araud's briefing, Inner City Press asked another diplomat from the French mission about Lavrov's statement.

  Yes, he said that, the diplomat acknowledged. But Ambassador Araud “said what he said.” We'll see. A Council debate on Kosovo is slated for May 12.

  Also during his beginning of the month briefing, Araud was asked about the first Council action of May, the presidential statement saying that Osama Bin Laden will not be able to commit or organize acts terrorism anymore.

Araud answered about another proposed phrase, he said about “the death of Gaddafi.” He laughed and called this a Freudian slip.

Araud faces press, naivete not shown

He also called Council consultations “boring,” saying that member states simply read speeches. He speculated that journalists don't know this, since they are “naive.” Following what he called France's victory during its last presidency in February 2010, the use of Council members' first names, he said he would push for more interactivity.

Araud was not asked -- yet -- about Cote d'Ivoire and the mandate of the UN mission there.

Footnote: Inner City Press asked Araud questions about Sudan and Sri Lanka, which it will separately report on. Watch this site.

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