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At UN, "Not First Time Turkey Flies Into Syria," Skeptic Says, Ban Silent

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 25 -- The Turkish jet and tomorrow's NATO meeting on the subject were all the buzz in front of the UN Security Council on Monday morning.

  While Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declined to comment as he went in, to read a speech about protection of civilians, Inner City Press asked a Western spokesman and a more senior non-Western diplomat and got very different answers.

  The Western spokesman, not unlike the anti-Assad diplomat Inner City Press quoted on June 22 that "it should be over by July," seemed excited by the shoot-down of the jets. Ask Turkey when they want to bring it to the Council, he said.

  French Permanent Representative Gerard Araud point out it is not (yet) under NATO Article 5, coming to common defense, but only Article 4 consultations.

   The non-Western diplomat was decidedly more sceptical. He exclusively told Inner City Press this is not the first time Turkey flies into Syrian air space.

  We need to know the purpose of those flights, he said, and what exactly shot the Turkish jet down.

  He said NATO is "not ready" for military intervention, so why come to the Council? Why indeed. Watch this site.

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