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At UN, Amid Libya & Sudan Fights, Farewell to UK's Quarrey, France Now Dean of UNSC Coordinators

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 21 -- How the UN Security Council functions, and doesn't, was on display Tuesday, amid a farewell to the UK's political coordinator David Quarrey as well as news of who will replace Loraine Sievers in Security Council Affairs.

  It was only in mid-May that Russia's political coordinator Vladimir Safronkov passed on to Quarrey the silver cup meant for the dean of Security Council political coordinators. Click here for Inner City Press' exclusive report.

  Now it will go to France, whose Permanent Representative was in attendance as well, as well as his counterpart from Lebanon. Russia's political coordinator, who just began, joked that he may never get it.

  Without breaching any, or many, diplomatic secrets, we can report that UK Permanent Representative Mark Lyall Grant is a lifelong fan of the West Ham football club -- or at least since the 1970s, where they were “the most violent club” according to one reception attendee.

  Closer to the work of the Council, an attendee at both consultations Tuesday afternoon told Inner City Press that “even the US” knows that recognition of the Libyan rebels in Benghazi will not be in any Council presidential statement, and was “engaging.”

  So too on the Sudan PRST, on which Sudan's Permanent Representative told Inner City Press earlier on Tuesday that “two paragraphs have to go, or the relations between Sudan and the UN will be changed.”

   As a warm roast to Quarrey, it was recalled that his first intervention in the Council was to ask when a certain UN Mission would be discussed. When asked what the mission *was,* Quarrey answered honestly that he didn't not know, his expert had asked him to raise it.

  Norma Chan said she respected that. Her successor, present Tuesday night, said he earlier that day sent out notice of Loraine's replacement, and disagreed with Inner City Press that her successor has being sent notices about July's work before today's announcement. We stand to be corrected -- or not.

   Quarrey is getting promoted to the UK's new version of the US national security apparatus. In light of Tuesday's quote by David Cameron that he wished the generals would fight and he speak, Quarrey and the agency's role seems to be to convey the speeches to the fighters. We wish him luck.

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As UNSC Eyes Sudan, Martin & Johnson Vie, Vladimir Safronkov Hands Cup to UK's Quarrey

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 16 -- As the UN Security Council prepares to travel to Sudan, albeit not to Darfur, the question arose Monday of who will replace Haile Menkerios atop the UN Mission in Sudan.

  Sources tell Inner City Press that at least two current UN officials wants the post: Hilde Johnson of UNICEF, and Ian Martin of the Department of Political Affairs, only recently tapped for post-transition (or post-Gaddafi) Libya.

  The question arose at a reception at the Russian Mission to the UN, a farewell to Vladimir K. Safronkov, Russia's political coordinator. It was a good turn out, including among other DPA chief Lynn Pascoe, UK Permanent Representative Mark Lyall Grant and US Deputy Permanent Representative Rosemary DiCarlo.

  The ceremonial highlight of the evening was the passing of the torch, or the “cup of dean of P-5 political coordinators,” to David Quarrey of the UK. He joked that he will only hold it for six week, then pass it on to France. From there it will go to China.

  At the back, political coordinators from non Permanent Security Council members groused about not being in line for the cup, about Sudan, Libya and Cote d'Ivoire.

  One asked Inner City Press, what's up with Alain Le Roy? Well placed UN sources tell Inner City Press he will be replaced, by another Frenchman, who's already been selected. The question, then, is Pascoe, or maybe Angela Kane.

Vladimir with hands crossed: he will be missed

Vladimir, who is returning to Moscow to work on multilateral diplomacy and international organizations, has been well-liked in the UN. Inner City Press can speak highly of him as far away as a tarmac in Goma in the Congo, calming other ambassadors down after their plane was shot, from the inside.

As of Monday evening, the logistics of the Council's upcoming trip were still not set. Le Roy's Department of Peacekeeping Operations is to briefing them on Tuesday afternoon; for now they will land at Kadugli on their way to Abyei. Ahmed Haroun, the ICC indictee who Menkerios has insisted on flying, will not meet with them. And so it goes at the UN. Watch this site.

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