Israel pulls out of race for UN Security Council seat

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Israel dropped out Friday of a race for a Security Council seat in 2019 and 2020 following a campaign by Arab states at the United Nations to block the bid. The decision clears the path for Belgium and Germany to take the two seats allocated on a regional basis when the General Assembly holds the elections next month. “After consulting with our partners, including our good friends, the state of Israel has decided to postpone its candidacy for a seat on the Security Council,” said a ...

UN Security Council fails to adopt Russian resolution on Syria

Saturday, 14 April 2018

The United Nations Security Council failed to adopted a Russian-drafted resolution on Saturday that would have condemned “the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic by the U.S. and its allies in violation of international law and the UN Charter.” Only Russia, China and Bolivia voted in favor of the draft resolution. Eight countries voted against the draft, while four abstained. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United ...

Guterres: Situation in the Middle East threatens global security

Friday, 13 April 2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressing the Security Council on Syria, urged all states "to act responsibly in these dangerous circumstances." "Increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation," Guterres told the 15-member council. Russian UN ambassador told the security council that US, France, Britain are only interested in ousting ...

UAE files complaint against Qatar to UN Security Council

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The UAE has filed a complaint against Qatar to the UN Security Council for putting the safety and security of civilian airlines at risk. The complaint letter, which Al Arabiya obtained a copy of, stipulated that on January 15 and March 26, Qatar put the lives of civilians at risk after Qatari fighter jets closely approached civilian planes. The letter also noted that it is unfortunate to see Qatar continue conducting such irresponsible actions that put the lives of civilians onboard UAE airlines ...

Draft UN Security Council resolution condemns Houthi militia missiles in Yemen

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The United Nations Security Council is expected to release a draft resolution which stresses the need to ensure humanitarian aid workers’ security in Yemen. It also condemns Houthi militia ballistic missiles. According to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, diplomatic sources said that UN Security Council members are negotiating a resolution which welcomes humanitarian aid efforts in Yemen established by the Arab-led coalition. The draft resolution urges ending child-soldiers’ recruitment. It ...

US, Britain, France, Germany condemn Iran, warn to stop arming Houthi militia

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The United States, Britain, France and Germany have condemned Iran on Tuesday in a joint statement for breaking UN law prohibiting supply of arms to Yemen. Their statement comes a day after Russia vetoed a resolution put forward by Britain condemning Tehran. The resolution would also condemn Iran for arming Houthi militias. Following the Russian veto, the Security Council unanimously adopted a technical resolution which renews the current arms embargo without any reference to Iran. ...

Iranian resistance issues list of demands urging UN to take action

Friday, 5 January 2018

The Iranian Resistance urged the UN Security Council to defend the legitimate and inalienable right of the Iranian people to overthrow the religious fascism ruling Iran and to attain the freedom for which they have been demonstrating, in a statement issued Friday. The Resistance also requested that the Security Council to strongly condemn the mullahs’ regime and hold it accountable for killing defenseless and unarmed demonstrators. SEE ALSO: At US request, UN Security Council to meet today ...

Russia says open to working with US to try to resolve Libya crisis

Friday, 15 December 2017

Russia is open to working with the United States to try to solve the crisis in Libya, Russia’s ambassador to Libya was cited as saying on Friday by the RIA news agency. He was also cited as saying that Moscow was ready to initiate the lifting of an international arms embargo on Libya, but that was something he said could only be done once the North African country had a united army.He also mentioned that there are no guarantees yet that the weapons given to Libya will not end ...

UN report: South Sudan's government using food as weapon of war

Saturday, 11 November 2017

South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s government is using food as a weapon of war to target civilians by blocking life-saving aid in some areas, United Nations sanctions monitors told the Security Council in a confidential report seen by Reuters on Friday. During 2016 and 2017, the UN monitors said a military campaign by government troops in the northwestern town of Wau and surrounding areas in Western Bahr el-Ghazal targeted civilians on ethnic grounds and displaced more than 100,000. &ldquo ...

Syria investigator del Ponte quits, blaming UN Security Council

Monday, 7 August 2017

A member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Sunday she was quitting because a lack of political backing from the UN Security Council had made the job impossible, Swiss national news agency SDA reported.Carla del Ponte, 70, who prosecuted war crimes in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia, told a panel discussion on the sidelines of the Locarno Film Festival that she had already prepared her letter of resignation.“I am quitting this commission, which is not backed by any political ...

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