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As France Hypes on Syria, Ban to Iran, Pakistan Sends DPR, Colombia Holguin

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 27 -- With France making more noise about Syria as its month atop the UN Security Council comes to a close, Inner City Press on Monday asked at what level Council member Pakistan will be represented at Thursday's ministerial meeting.

   Deputy Permanent Representative, came the answer.

  Colombia, meanwhile, tells Inner City Press that its Patricia Holquin will be attending. Recently she and the rest of the government resigned, calling her previously RSVP-ed presence into question. But it is back on, even if the government in Bogota won't confirm Telesur that it is negotiating with the FARC.

  While French Ambassador Araud was evasive as he entered the Security Council Monday morning, later a non-Permanent 5 Permanent Representative told Inner City Press Lakhdar Brahimi will meet with the Council on Wednesday. There is talk, too, of a lunch with ministers on Thursday.

  Meanwhile another anti-Assad Arab dipomat scoffed to Inner City Press, they are just talking, just giving him more time.

  The Syria issue was everywhere and nowhere at the UN on Monday. A conference on Small Arms began, with the Small Arms Survey rating Switzerland the tops in weapons export transparency. But Swiss grenades showed up in Syria, through the United Arab Emirates, an opaque pass-through of arms.

  Ahmad Fawzi, the spokesman for Kofi Annan who leaves the envoy post in just four days, buzzed around the North Lawn past 7 pm, seemingly already hired to speak for Lakhdar Brahimi.

   In a parallel universe Ban Ki-moon held a photo op and seminar with those he'd met JFK with fifty years ago, then headed to a dinner at the (South) Korean mission.

   There's still talk of him meeting the North Korean Number Two at his next stop, Iran. And will he be talking Syria? Watch this site.

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