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On Syria, Mood To Brief SC In Person June19, ICP Learns, Films Qatar Charge

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, June 15, updated -- General Robert Mood will come brief the UN Security Council in person on June 19, Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong told Inner City Press on Friday. Mood will be in New York, he said, and it is just a matter of choosing the right time. Another diplomat told the Press: 4 pm.

  Yet another diplomat told Inner City Press this was strange, Mood was supposed to be on vacation, then suddenly turns up in New York.

  He marveled that during only a three month assignment, the mandate of the UNSMIS mission, Mood would schedule a vacation. Norway, he said, shaking his head.

  Meanwhile from Damascus on June 15, Mood made an "opening statement to the press" as provided by the UN that "Violence, over the past 10 days, has been intensifying, again willingly by the both parties, with losses on both sides and significant risks to our observers."

  Some wondered: are there only two parties? What about the so-called Third Force?

  On June 14 outside the UN Committee of 24 meeting on the Malvinas or Falkland Islands at which he sat on the podium, Syrian Permanent Representative spoke and again accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of arming Syrian rebels -- click here to view video, on the Inner City Press YouTube channel.  Watch it. Watch this site.

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