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On Syria and Libya, UNSC Card Game Replaces Trip, Ban and Psy

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 22, updated -- On Syria and Libya, now scheduled are UN Security Council consultations on the morning of October 23.

The Council was supposed to be "on mission" in Afghanistan and Yemen, but canceled both trips. And now Russia has introduced three separate draft press statements, on terrorist attacks in Damascus, Lakhdar Brahimi's proposed Eid ceasefire in Syria, and the siege of Bani Walid, Libya.

How the three might be traded off is of interest.

  Meanwhile Ahmad Fawzi, the spokesman for Kofi Annan as Syria envoy, then his replaced Brahimi, mass e-mailed the press on Monday to say his run is over, tomorrow.

  He named two replacements, one in New York, the other* [see below] of the Secretary General's spokesperson's office. Will Fawzi be replaced? Or does the Eid ceasefire include a lull in readouts?

Ban Ki-moon at 6:30 pm on Tuesday is slated to meet Psy of Gangnam Style...

Here is [was] the draft Bani Walid press statement:

Security Council Draft Press Statement on Bani Walid

The members of the Security Council expressed their grave concern about the escalation of violence in and around the city of Bani Walid, in particular reports of growing civilian casualties, including children.

The members of the Security Council called on the Libyan authorities to take urgent steps to resolve the conflict by peaceful means and to preserve the rights of all Libyan citizens.

The members of the Security Council stressed the need to promote national reconciliation and inclusive political dialogue in Libya.

* - Update of 12:35 pm October 23 - UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky, at the day's noon briefing, asked for a correction that the second of Brahimi's two fill-in spokespeople is still in the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary General. Consider it done. Inner City Press asked when the Secretariat will come forward with a public budget for Brahimi's office and mission, as it did for Kofi Annan's time as envoy. Watch this site.

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