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Before Syria Shutdown, Mood Didn't Consult, Ladsous Refuses ICP Questions

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 20 -- After the June 15 memo from the UN Secretariat to the Security Council members saying the Syria observers would limit their mobile activities was obtained and exclusively published by Inner City Press at 10 pm on Friday June 15, the UN claimed there was "consultation" with Security Council members before the decision was made.

  This appears to be false.

On Monday June 18, Inner City Press came to the UN and asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Associate Spokesman Farhan Haq about this "notice, information provided on behalf of DPKO, notice on UNSMIS, saying that it stopped as of six o’clock Friday, pm."

Haq said, "you can take it for granted that General Mood's decision was preceded by widespread consultations among all the various interested parties, including the Secretary-General and the members of the Security Council."

But on Tuesday June 19 while inside closed door Security Council consultations, multiple sources tell Inner City Press, Mood said that his decision had been made by he himself alone, without consulting any Security Council members.

So on Wednesday June 20 Inner City Press asked Ban's lead spokesman Martin Nesirky to explain the difference, and specifically if Herve Ladsous the head of DPKO, whose memo it was on Friday, had spoken with France before the notification was given.

Nesirky did not directly answer the Ladsous - France question, instead saying that the "consultations" with "members of the Security Council" that his Associate Haq had referred to on June 18 consisted of nothing more than the two page written notice of a decision already taken, as exclusively published by Inner City Press.

  Nesirky said, twice, "Council members were informed." Video here, from Minute 6:22.  But is that "consultations"?

Some "consultations."

Since the Ladsous - France question wasn't answer, Inner City Press went back to the Security Council, where Ladsous was speaking vaguely against "caveats" and about agreeing with his departed Ambassador Gerard Araud that there should be more Francophone troops in his UN Peacekeeping.

As Ladsous left the Council, and after he'd answered three questions in French for another correspondent, Inner City Press began to ask him a question.

"I don't talk to you, Mister," Ladsous said, now for the third time.

  The first time, on camera, Ladsous refused to answer Inner City Press qustions on the introduction of cholera into Haiti, and on he and Ban Ki-moon having as a Senior Advisor an alleged war criminal, Sri Lanka General Shavendra Silva.

  Since then he has taken to issuing partisan statements, later mocked by those concerned, to hand-picked reporters. Watch this site.

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