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Russian UN Draft on Threats to Damascus Diplomatic Facilities Shot Down, Shot At

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 27, updated -- When the UN Security Council met on the Middle East behind closed doors on Tuesday morning, on the topic of Syria Russia proposed a statement about threats to diplomatic facilities in Damascus.

  It was immediately questioned, several Council members told Inner City Press, by the United Kingdom, including by asking what new information had come to light. (Russia points at shellings.) Finally, it seems, another delegation shot the proposal down.

  Afterward, Inner City Press asked this month's Council president Hardeep Singh Puri to confirm it. He did, adding that India would have supported Russia's proposed statement, unlike some Council members who do not have a diplomatic presence in Damascus. [India does maintain a diplomatic presence in Damascus, Hardeep Singh Puri came back to tell Inner City Press: noted.]

  When Russia last proposed a similar statement, as reported by Inner City Press, it was after Internet threats that were later blamed on "hacking." But hacking or not, it seems that in the Security Council today, such a statement will not fly.

  Meanwhile, regarding the rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who also, if belatedly, speak about government corruption, the Security Council issues edicts that the groups "disband." And so it goes at the UN.

  Tuesday's open Security Council session consisted of a short briefing by Robert Serry, who canceled his scheduled question and answer stakeout with the press.

  Afterward, Inner City Press asked Syria's Permanent Representative Bashar Ja'afari what he thought of Serry's briefing. Ja'afari highlighted that Serry said an UNRWA school in Gaza was damaged in fighting - without saying who damaged it. That, too, is how it goes at the UN.

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