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ICP Asks New Zealand PR About Burundi, & if UNSC Will Take Up CAR Rapes Report

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New Zealand UNSC Month Has SIDS & de Mistura, Burundi & CAR Maybe By Matthew Russell Lee UNITED NATIONS, July 2 -- As he took over the Presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of July, New Zealand's Permanent Representative to the UN Gerard van Bohemen on July 2 took questions about his Program of Work for the month. It begins for real on July 7 with Bosnia and Herzegovina, on which van Bohemen said he hopes the draft resolution on Srebrenica can be adopted. (There are, Inner City Press understands, two drafts and a wide gulf). Jumping to July 9, there will be a briefing and then closed door consultations on Burundi, where for now Pierre Nkurunziza is set to go for a controversial third term on July 15. Inner City Press asked van Bohemen if the "product" being worked on is a Presidential Statement (it's a Press Statement) and if it might address the third term and postponing the July 15 voting. Wait and see, van Bohemen said. Presser by @GVBohemenNZ of @NZUN on #NZprez #UNSC July. @FUNCA_info here with Qs: #Burundi #Yemen etc pic.twitter.com/RdbCdU304W — Inner City Press (@innercitypress) July 2, 2015 Van Bohemen said that the UN's Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will be in New York next week and he will meet the envoy, as President of the Security Council. Then de Mistura will return to New York and brief the full Council on July 28. On July 14 there's the mission in the DR Congo -- van Bohemen, it turns out, was his country's deputy ambassador at the UN during the Rwanda genocide, and negotiated the statute of the ICTR International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda on which we'll have more -- and on July 16 there's Cypus, Somalia and Eritrea. On July 22 there's Iraq and on July 23, the day long open debate on the Middle East (that is, Palestine.) New Zealand's big debate is about SIDS, small island developing states, on July 30 with its foreign minister. At the UN on July 1, the representative of Barbados proposed renaming SIDS as "LODS" -- large ocean developing states. New Zealand's many footnotes for the months, items that could be raised, include Ukraine, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and reviews of peacebuilding and Peace Operations. Inner City Press asked van Bohemen if under his Presidency the Security Council will seek information about peacekeepers' sexual abuse, for example in the Central African Republic where Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has had to convene an "Independent" Panel incuding Hassan Jallow of the ICTR. On this, van Bohemen said there is interest in the Council. On June 30 van Bohemen spoke off the cuff about the problems he sees in the Council -- divisions on Syria and Yemen, for example -- and proposed that in July all 15 Permanent Representatives commit to actually talk about the resolutions and statements the Council issues. On that, he held a breakfast with Ambassadors to beginning the talking, on which we'll have more. More: http://innercitypro.com/2015/07/02/nzuns-program-work-sids-debate-de-mistura-redux-mh17-burundi-maybe-car-rapes-report/