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Afternoon at the UN

17 September 2005
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I wasn't able to be here in the morning, and now, on the afternoon of the last day of the Summit the press have begun wheeling their equipment out of here. Do they know they will be missing out on the photo opportunity with the Secretary-General and the President of Gabon at 17:15?

The General Assembly continues today with more and more presidential addresses, and today I am watching it on television monitors in the press room. It will hardly be news to anyone who's ever attended a press conference, but let me tell you the real thing is very different from what you read in the newspapers.

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Yesterday's address by Israel (small important country) was as scarcely attended as all the others. Yet, today's New York Times article describes it as a momentous event. I don't dispute that. It's just strange how history in the making is more apparent when you read it in the paper the next day.

(Can you believe the GA audience were just asked to be quiet out of respect for the speakers? So unruly.) (Photos are from my cellphone, press room and General Assembly)

 

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