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As Brahimi Tells ICP Statement on Turkey Would Be Good, Syria Says Not Sufficient

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 3 -- Following the shelling of Akcakale in Turkey, Inner City Press witnessed Turkish Ambassador Apakan going into the Security Council. Afterward Inner City Press asked him, "Shell related?" He said yes, "Shell-related."

When Security Council president Gert Rosenthal gave a summary of the morning's meeting on Haiti, Inner City Press spoke with him about cholera in that country and asked about this "shell-related" Turkish visit. He confirmed the visit and said the Council might get a communication from Turkey in the afternoon.

When at 5:35 pm Council president Rosenthal read out a press statement on the killing of four UN Peacekeepers in Darfur, he did not answer a Press questions about Darfur but on Turkey said yes the Council might issue a statement, we are waiting to hear from the Turkish Ambassador.

Inner City Press conveyed this to joint UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, what Rosenthal had said about a Council statement. Brahimi replied, "On Turkey? That's good."

Syria's Permanent Representative Bashar Ja'afari on the other hand, when Inner City Press told him Rosenthal said we are waiting to hear from Turkey, replied "But that is not sufficient, Turkey is shelling us."

So would a Council statement at this point make any mention of the return of fire? Watch this site.

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