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UN "Big Guys" Protect Special Political Mission Funding Ratio, Not All EU Agree?

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, November 12 -- When UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's schedule for Monday at 4 pm lists the Permanent Representatives of the US, UK, France, Germany, EU and Japan, some diplomats wondered what it was about.

  Inner City Press went to the North Lawn building, also to cover Congo Sanctions, and witnessed US Ambassador Susan Rice sitting in discussion at length with the representative of the European Union. There were no other media around.

  After they departed, a well placed Security Council diplomat exclusively told Inner City Press, "It is about who pays for Special Political Missions, the Mexican and Egyptian proposal, the big guys really don't want to pay. They don't want to talk about it, but they don't want to pay."

  Special Political Missions include, for example, the UN's missions in Libya as well as Afghanistan and Iraq. An issue, that Inner City Press has asked about, is how the new Sahel mandate led by Italian political Romano Prodi will be characterized, and when a budget for Syria envoy Brahimi will be presented, like the $7 million budget produced (and spent) for Kofi Annan.

  SPMs as they are known are currently not paid for under the same "scales of assessment" as are the UN Peacekeeping missions, which the UN Security Council also creates and, more rarely, ends as happened Monday with the one in Timor Leste. Click here for Inner City Press' story on that.

  SPMs are cheaper for the above-named "Big Guy" countries than peacekeeping missions are. But other countries object: hence the draft proposal that the "big guys" now oppose.

  In fact as noted (well, Tweeted) by Inner City Press, the US even opposed discussion of SPMs in a recent session of the UN's Fourth Committee, which deals with peacekeeping "in all its aspects."

  An EU source told Inner City Press late Monday that "not all EU members are against the Special Political Missions proposal." Was that on the agenda? We'll have more on this. Watch this site.

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