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As Brahimi to Meet UNSC, Members Even P5 Get 2 Seats Each, Feltman Decrees

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 28 -- Can one trade or scalp the tickets for the UN's biggest show?

  The UN Security Council will meet with new Joint Special Representative on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi tomorrow afternoon. But it will not be in the Council chamber or its consultations room. It will be in a smaller room in the Department of Political Affairs, in the UN's North Lawn building.

  On August 27, before heading to Iran, DPA chief Jeffrey Feltman wrote to this month's Council president Gerard Araud of France, inviting the Security Council member to a meeting with Brahimi "in NL 2062."

  Inner City Press has obtained a copy of the letter, and now exclusively puts it online here.

  Feltman wrote, "Due to limited space, participation will be limited to one principal and plus [sic] one adviser."

  Araud, of course, already met with Brahimi in the North Lawn on Friday, August 24. But what about the others? US Ambassador Susan Rice gave a speech on August 28 in India, but is expected back in New York for this push on Syria. Who would be the two from the US Mission?

  Council members not only like France and the UK but also Morocco and Colombia are sending their foreign ministers. If they arrive by Wednesday afternoon, would the Permanent Representatives become their advisers?

  Morocco recently failed in its bid to get Ban Ki-moon to oust his envoy on Western Sahara, Christopher Ross. Ban will be in Iran during these meetings, leaving his Deputy Jan Eliasson behind.

  The UK's Mark Lyall Grant has been away, as has Portugal's Ambassador Cabral. China's Li Baodong is expected back; Deputy Wang has handled the file in his absence. Would he be the adviser?

   Or might Feltman's rules be bent? Watch this site.

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