Russia, China block Security Council debate on Egypt
The UN Security Council Thursday night urged all parties in Egypt to end violence and exercise maximum restraint as the death toll from clashes between security forces and pro-Morsi protesters rose to 638. The statement was issued after UN Dep. Secretary General briefed members behind closed doors. The meeting, requested jointly by France, Britain and Austria, was prevented by Russia and China from holding a debate. They maintained that interference in any country’s internal affairs was unacceptable.