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UNSC Reconsiders Trip to Yemen, Some Saying 12 of 15 Favor, Others Denying

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 2 -- In front of the UN Security Council on the day after New Years, Inner City Press learned and exclusively reported that a Council consultation scheduled for the next afternoon will concern not only Central African Republic, with the Seleka rebels advancing on the capital Bangui, but also Yemen.

  "Not about the situation in the country," a Council member told Inner City Press, "but about a trip there."

  Back in October, Inner City Press covered the consultations in which it was determined that a trip to Yemen and Afghanistan was too dangerous.

  While some implied this should not have been reported, outgoing UN Security chief Greg Starr told Inner City Press it is not reasonable to expect 15 countries, and a greater number of their diplomats, to keep a secret.

   And so it is with this renewed consideration of the Yemen trip. Inner City Press is told that this time, for a trip with "only one real day in Yemen," 12 of the Council's 15 members want to go. Inner City Press was told the dates, but is not publishing them.

   That may well be, but it is not official. Another Council source said the number is too high; another said, nothing has been decided yet. At least one Permanent Five member told Inner City Press they had not decided yet.

   Yemen is often cited as one of the Council's and UN's success stories in 2012. (Inner City Press has covered it, as well as the Ali Saleh legacy in Yemen's Mission to the UN, here).

  Another longer term story that's emphasized is that of Timor Leste, and the Council visited there. Yemen, of course, is different. And until we're shown otherwise -- we're open to that -- we'll apply the modified (no date) "Starr rules," and (mostly) report on it. Watch this site.

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