Tuvalu's ambassador to the United Nations was yesterday reported to be 'apoplectic with fury' at what he called a 'brazen snub' of the island's proposal to bring peace and stability to Syria. Alvara Kiribati said he handed the proposal to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as they passed one another in the corridor just outside the cafeteria.
"My government had designed a workable solution that would have satisfied the Assad regime as well as all the warring factions. It would also have been acceptable to the Russians and the Americans. But Ban Ki Moon just took the envelope and handed it straight to an aide, before walking off to get his sandwich."
"It's always the way with our peace proposals. We had ones for Rwanda, Kosovo, Iraq, you name it. But the UN sees 'Tuvalu' at the top of the letters and dismisses them out of hand. Like the French proposals are any better?"
Mr Kiribati declined to say what the Tuvaluan Syrian peace proposal entailed. 'Some other country would just nick it and pretend they'd thought of it. We'll just start working on a peace proposal for the next conflict. What do you reckon? North v South Korea? Taiwan?"