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As Mikati Meets Ban, Feltman Not Ladsous or Kane There, & IPI Roed-Larsen

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 3, updated -- On very little notice, five minutes' notice to the Press, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met Thursday afternoon with Lebanon's caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati.

It was after 3:30 pm when Ban's spokesperson's office squawked the 4:15 meeting. One has to show up for security screen at least 30 minutes in advance, so only two journalists went up: a wire service photographer and Inner City Press.

In the waiting room there were big bags of potato chips, waiting for a party. Thirty eight stories below UN Security officers were taking down the flags for the day: Pakistan, Palau, Panama. Inner City Press tweeted photo here. Then the door to the meeting room opened.

  Mikati, tall like say Paul Volcker, stooped to sign Ban's book. He was accompanied by Lebanese Permanent Representative and author Nawaf Salam: it was a two person delegation. Inner City Press tweeted photo here.

  The UN on the other hand, or side of the table, had Edmond Mulet for UN Peacekeeping (instead of Herve Ladsous), Valerie Amos on aid, former US official Jeffrey Feltman on politics, and part time UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, also the head of the International Peace Institute which, among other things, opened an office in Bahrain. Tweeted photos here and here.

Angela Kane of UN Disarmament, who attended yesterday's UN meeting with Iranian foreign minister Zarif, was not present.

Mikati has given his "personal assurance" no chemical weapons entered Lebanon. At the day's noon briefing, Ban's spokesperson Martin Nesirky declined to answer Inner City Press' question about why the UN team under Ake Sellstrom had not gone to Khan al Assal, saying it was in the transcript. But Inner City Press did not find it there.

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Update: after publication of the above, Ban's Spokesperson's Office sent this:

Subject: Your question at the Noon Briefing
From: UN Spokesperson - Do Not Reply [at]
Date: Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM
To: Matthew.Lee [at]

In reference to your question at the [October 3] Noon Briefing, the Spokesperson said the following at the Noon briefing on 30 September 2013:

Question: Thank you, Martin. Just had a quick question about Dr. Sellström’s mission: Does that mean he won’t go back to Syria now, now that he is finalizing the report and they didn’t go to Khan al-Assal in the end?

Spokesperson: They are now heading out of Syria with the aim of finalizing their report. And I will be able to provide details on where they have been, but not right at this moment. They have not visited Khan al-Assal to my knowledge. But that does not mean that they have not been able to collect a large body of information, which they had been doing in any case in the lead up to their initial visit and then to their return. And so, if I have any more details, I will let you know. And I know also that they will now be seeking to marshal all of the information that they do have with the aim of putting that report together by the end of October, as we just said.

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