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Jubaland Reaches UNSC But Not Somalia Kenya Rift, UK Hot & Cold on Syria

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 13 -- Jubaland made it into the UN Security Council on Thursday, when UN Assistant Secretary General Taye-Brook Zerihoun gave a closed door briefing. Afterward UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, Security Council president for June, came out and announced that his delegation has circulated a draft press statement expressing concern about tensions there.

  Inner City Press asked Lyall Grant if Kenya would be mentioned in his press statement, given Somalia's complaints including at the recent African Union summit how its parliamentarians were "blocked by Kenya" from entering Kismayo. Video here from Minute 2:38.

  Lyall Grant replied that he didn't think Kenya would be named, but AMISOM would be and Kenya is part of AMISOM. He acknowledged "incidents" in Kismayo and said there should not be distractions from the fight against Al Shabaab.

While Lyall Grant, when reached at the stakeout, is responsive, as is his spokesperson, this stands in contrast still to the UN Mission in Geneva.

  After two days of questions and complaints about the Human Rights Council resolution they tweeted that they had tabled, on Thursday morning when tw-asked for a copy of the resolution, they said it was on the HRC's website.

  But hours later, after signing in to the "extra-net," the draft resolution wasn't there. And it has still not be received. Ah, Digital Diplomacy. Watch this site.

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