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UN Diplomats: Power Missed Syria Meeting Because of Personal Trip

By    |   Friday, 23 Aug 2013 10:33 AM

United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power missed Wednesday's emergency Security Council meeting on chemical weapons usage in Syria because she was on a personal trip, U.N. diplomats told Fox News.

They said she was in a location where travel arrangements could not be arranged to New York. Power sent a deputy to the meeting instead.

In a posting on Twitter, Power called for action by the United Nations after Syrian government forces reportedly used chemical weapons Wednesday to kill hundreds of civilians, including children.

"Reports devastating: 100s dead in streets, including kids killed by chem weapons. UN must get there fast & if true, perps must face justice," Power wrote.



Power has been a powerful advocate of U.S. military intervention in Syria. She took over as U.N. ambassador Aug. 2. Previously she was a special assistant to the president and an official at the National Security Council.

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton criticized Power for missing the Security Council meeting.

"I think the real work of the U.N. ambassador is the interaction with the other ambassadors in New York," he told Fox News. "You can be on the phone, but if you're not in the room it doesn't make a difference."

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to comment on Power's whereabouts, other than to say she was on a previously scheduled trip.




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