High-level representatives from more than 60 countries are attending a conference in London focusing on the security and reconstruction of Afghanistan. FRANCE 24’s Leela Jacinto follows the behind-the-scenes action.
The action on Thursday is centered in and around London’s Lancaster House, where a high-level summit on Afghanistan is being held.
8.15 am, Media Centre - Gigantic tent erected in Green Park opposite the Lancaster House functions as the conference media centre. As usual with high-level summits, journalists will be covering the conference from afar.
Across the table, a reporter from Geo TV, the popular, private Pakistani TV station, is yelling on the phone in Urdu. He bangs it down and complains to the other news teams around. “Office is saying give me story. I'm saying, ‘What am I going to give?’” They say, “Give me story.”
He does have a point. Stuck here in high security land, we stare at the TV screens. Our computers feed us our first early morning report. Hopefully, later in the day, we’ll get some live action …
8.45 am The BBC’s Lyse Doucet walks in, resplendent in a bright red winter coat. Among the journalists gathered here, she’s the “grande fromage”. A seasoned Afghanistan reporter, Doucet moderated a special town-hall style meeting last night between Afghan President Hamid Karzai, British PM Gordon Brown and a gathering of students – including Afghans in the elegant Pillar Room at 10 Downing Street.
Doucet stops by to say 'hi' to the FRANCE 24 team and her old friend, FRANCE 24’s London correspondent, Benedicte Paviot. Gracious as ever, she poses for a photo. If Doucet is here, the action should be not far away.
Date created : 2010-01-28