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At UN on ATT, "Egypt Used Palestine" After Rio+20, US Election Year

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 3 -- During a lull Tuesday afternoon in the fight about Palestine's status in the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, Inner City Press spoke to a range of interested parties, to go beyond the "Palestine sold out" analysis earlier offered by a Non-Aligned Movement hardliner.

  The state of play, sources said, was that Palestine after "taking pictures in the front row of Conference Room 1" had agreed to have the matter referred to the Credentials Committee.

  But the United States argued that Palestine had to withdraw its letter requesting credentials.

  While Deputy Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, said to be leading the charge on Tuesday, declined to comment to Inner City Press saying that she had a meeting, sources quoted another US representative as declining to call Hillary and work a compromise to get the ATT started. There's nothing we can compromise on, or words to that effect, sources quoted the US representative. It's an election year.

A nuanced and cynical analysis is that "Egypt used the Palestinians." This narrative begins with the Rio Plus 20 conference, for which Palestine's status was never resolved. Once down there, Brazil gave up its seat for Palestine.

On July 2 in GA, Palestine's name tag in middle, sent / (c) InnerCityPress

"Egypt saw that and realized it could bring up Palestine now, and slow down the ATT," as one source put it. In this view, the Palestinian mission lost control of its issue for others -- perhaps not inconsistent with the NAM hardliner's view.

Still, Palestine's team was working hard, back and forth in the North Lawn building's second floor at 2:15 pm on Tuesday, where DiCarlo declined to comment. Palestine, as Inner City Press exclusively reported, got into the Law of the Sea in June.

But the US is not party to the Law of the Sea Treaty. And it's an election year. Watch this site.

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