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On "Shell Statement," New Silence at UN to 3:30, Or Ambassadors at 4 or 5

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 4 -- With no agreement on the UN Security Council proposed press statement on the shell on Turkey first draft by Azerbaijan, a new draft and "silence procedure" have been declared, Inner City Press is reliably informed, until 3:30 pm on Thursday.

  But it is expected that silence will be broken, Inner City Press is told, triggering a meeting at the level of Permanent Representatives at 4 or 5 pm. This during a previously scheduled closed door consultation on Mali and the request for a military force from ECOWAS to "re-conquer" the north of that country.

  Inner City Press, which first published Syria's letter to the Security Council about the shelling -- even Council members said they got it first from Inner City Press, not circulated by the Council -- Thursday at 1 pm asked Syrian Permanent Representative Bashar Ja'afari about the letter and the fast-passed Turkish law on military action outside that countries borders.

  Ja'afari's response to Inner City Press' question, on UNTV, included that "the Syrian government has a keen interest in maintain good, neighborly relationship with Turkey.. and explaning to the Turkish people that the Turkish government's policis toward Syria are wrong."

  He called on the Turkish government "to help us control the border, prevent armed groups from infiltrating and to stop the media coverage offered to the headquarters of armed groups, some of them are within Turkey's territory."

  Ja'afari said that there has been no apology because the investigation is not finalized yet. For what it's worth, Turkey said there was an apology.

  As to why Azerbaijan is in the lead in the draft? "It's an Ottoman thing," as a source puts it to Inner City Press. Watch this site.

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