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Two Days After Mali Coup, UNSC to Consult on Unchanged Draft, Opaque

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 12 -- With North Korea's launch taking over the UN Security Council's attention on Wednesday, the draft resolution to authorize an ECOWAS force to Mali was set to be unveiled in consultations of the 15 members in the afternoon.

  Until now, the draft has been held only by the Permanent Five members. A non Permanent member, complaining to Inner City Press, said "France hasn't even changed the draft to reflect the second coup."

 Inner City Press has pointed out the deposed Prime Minister's Microsoft and UN connections, here. Ban Ki-moon's meeting with the deposed foreign minister, which had been set for Tuesday 10:40 am, did not take place, Ban's spokesman told Inner City Press.

  French Ambassador Gerard Araud, speaking to the press outside the Council about North Korea then on Mali, alluded to the events in Bamako in recent days. He said a new Prime Minister has been appointed.

  Araud downplayed the split about "one or two resolutions," saying it is really a question of how the Security Council can best monitor the force it authorizes. There is also, of course, the question of how the force will be paid for: from assessed contributions by all members, or only voluntary.

  Then even more after the second coup, there is the question of the UN's claimed Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, which Assistant Secretary General Ivan Simonovic told Inner City Press will apply in Mali.

  The main implementer, or blocker, of the policy is top UN Peacekeeper Herve Ladsous. But he has refused all Press questions about how the policy is implemented, which military units his DPKO works with, what it knows of their abuses.

  France is the one which named Ladsous to fill "its" position atop UN Peacekeping -- they might want to ask him to stop undermining or concealing this claimed Human Rights Due Diligence Policy. Watch this site.

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