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UN Move to Oversee Special Political Missions, Talk of Deals of Ban & P5

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, November 13 -- Some of the largest UN missions in the field, in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, are not classified, overseen or paid for as peacekeeping missions. And many UN member states don't understand or like this.

  Led by Mexico and Eygpt, they have proposed a General Assembly resolution which would direct Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to disclose how missions are classified, as peacekeeping or these "Special Political Missions," and to consult more with non Security Council members about them.

  This is opposed by the Permanent members of the Security Council, most recently Tuesday morning by France, sources tell Inner City Press.

  France insist that decisions about SPMs must be kept in the Security Council. The sources say this is not surprising, given how France "used the UN" in Cote d'Ivoire, for example.

  There's dark talk about "deals" between Ban Ki-moon and some of the P5 members, who selected him.

  But the Special Political Missions draft resolution, a current but soon to be slightly amended version of which Inner City Press is putting online here, would be a step toward democratization, its proponents say.

  There's pressure to get the draft resolution withdrawn. But Inner City Press hears that another slight re-draft is forthcoming. Watch this site.

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