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On Gaza Egypt 1st Asked for Meeting, "Since Palestine Didn't," Letters Here

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, November 14, updated -- Egypt made the first request for a Security Council meeting on Gaza -- "because Palestine's letter did not."

  Inner City Press has obtained both letters, and is putting them online here: Palestine's letter, than Egypt's letter.

  Egypt's Permanent Representative wrote that on instructions from his government, he has requested an urgent meeting of the Security Council.

  Palestine's inital letter did not make that request, and sources have exclusively described in detail to Inner City Press a dust-up between Palestine and Egypt.  Some call it a struggle for power, or representation.

  Later, Palestine made a request, and Morocco did. A 9 pm closed meeting, like one held on the Lord's Resistance Army, was agreed to as a compromise.

 A transcript of Palestine's Riyad Mansour's afternoon stakeout is here, first lines were:

Good afternoon, I just had a brief meeting a few minutes ago with the President of Security Council. I gave him a letter about this latest aggression by Israel against our people in the Gaza strip. [more]

More to follow - watch this site. Here is Palestine's draft resolution to become a non-member State of the UN, here.

Update of 6:54 pm: Mansour came out and said that "Morocco" has also requested a meeting -- he does not mention Egypt. Significant.

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