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Pakistan's UNSC Month Praised Behind Closed Doors, DPRK Grumbles

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 31 -- When the Security Council held its first month-end wrap up session since 2005 on Thursday morning, one expected to be able to see what the ten elected members of the Council thought of decision making.

   But the session was closed. UN member states which are not on the Council were allowed to attend but not to speak.

  Inner City Press, in the stakeout area beside the Council doors, spoke with those going in and out, most of whom requested anonymity, perhaps to run for the Council themselves in the future.

  The picture that emerged contains not insubstantial praise for the presidency of Pakistan's Masood Khan, for being well organized and having good "concept notes" for the debates on counter-terrorism and "multi-dimensional" peacekeeping.

  The criticism was of the way the North Korea resolution was negotiated, essentially between the US and China without involvement of the elected ten.

  Inner City Press asked Masood Khan this question at his end of the month press conference, and also why the session had been closed.

  Khan said it was "prudent" to have it closed, that the wrap up was being revived, that it had been interactive. He also called "prudent" the bilateral negotiations of the DPRK text between the US and China. But what of the criticism?

As Inner City Press thanked Khan for on behalf of the Free UN Coalition for Access, he held a number of Q&A stakeouts after closed door consultations, and was willing to answer questions beyond that had just been discussed in the Council. Video here, from Minute 7:27 and 31:30.

   It was as Khan as projected back on January 3 -- when he also said there were different views in the Security Council on the UN using drones, an issue we continue to follow.

   As Pakistan moved out its tea maker and South Korean moved in its on Thursday afternoon, here's hoping that incoming president Kim Sook is consonant with Khan in taking and answering questions. Watch this site.

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