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On Syria, Brahimi Now "In Listening Mode," to Meet GA, Annan & His Tool Box

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, August 29 -- After Lakhdar Brahimi's initial flurry of interviews from his apartment in Paris, resulting in him demanding an apology from the Syrian National Council, he has grown increasingly quiet in public.

  Following Wednesday's meeting with the Security Council, spokesman Ahmad Fawzi emerged for him, using keywords that appeared to be agreed.

  "He is in a listening mode," Fawzi told the press, adding that Brahimi "has a tool box."

  This was elaborated slightly by French Ambassador Gerard Araud, whose month a Council president is coming to an end. Araud told the press that also outgoing Syria envoy Kofi Annan's Six Point Plan represents the tool box.

  Araud was asked, is the Security Council united? No, he said, "we are deeply divided."

  Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, meanwhile, emerged and said that Brahimi has "the full support of the Council." One wag muttered, "For now."

  Inner City Press obtained a copy of the invitation letter, which said each Council member could only have two seats.

  Inner City Press spoke one on one with South Africa's Permanent Representative Baso Sangqu, who said "people must talk" as well as the other agreed to description, that Brahimi is "in a listening mode."

  Tellingly, another African Permanent Representative came up and asked Sangqu, referring back to Libya, "is the Security Council making war?" No, Sangqu assured him, no. People must talk.

  And two people who will talk, Fawzi told the press, are Brahimi and Kofi Annan. Call it the hand-over of the toolbox.

  Earlier on Tuesday a Security Council source told Inner City Press that the General Assembly would hold a meeting about Brahimi on Tuesday, September 4, "since his post was created by the GA." Inner City Press tweeted it.

   Forty minutes later, the spokesperson of the GA President confirmed the meeting for Tuesday at 4 pm. The PGA is in Tehran for the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement. People must talk, indeed. Watch this site.

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