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Still No Gaza Ceasefire, Still No UNSC Open Meeting or Vote; Congolese Circus

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 20 -- It's confirmed, that the UN Security Council is a backwater, this week on Gaza.

  On the way into a 6 pm consultation of the Council, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that in the meeting, "someone is supposed to tell us what's happening and what the Arab League wants."

 Churkin added, "Whatever they [Arab League] want we're going to support."

  He noted that a ceasefire keeps being promised, "something will happen in an hour or maybe two hours, somebody will arrive on the scene and the right policy." Some took this has a reference to Hillary Clinton, and who will take or get credit for a ceasefire.

  Asking what happened to the Russian resolution, Churkin mused that he wouldn't mind losing this vote, "In this situation we just raise our hand at right time."

  But less than an hour later when the meeting broken up, the outcome was what had been predicted to Inner City Press in the afternoon: the "threat" of an open debate at 3 pm on Wednesday, if a ceasefire is not in place by that time.

  The sideshow that the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become, with the UN Peacekeepers standing by as the M23 mutineers took over Goma, gave rise to a separate update.

  French Ambassador Araud had said that the 24 hour rule invoked by "one country" runs out at 2 pm. Then the French Mission said it would probably be voted on Tuesday evening.

  As of 7:20 pm, there were "expert" negotiations with the Troop Contributing Countries, one of whose representatives told Inner City Press, you can't make people fight.

  Earlier some said the DRC vote was back to Wednesday night, or "maybe morning," according to the UK. Either way, it seems unlikely the M23 will obey the French draft's urging that they "disband." And on Gaza, nothing. Absolutely nothing. Watch this site.

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