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  • Russia calls urgent UNSC meeting amid airstrikes on Syrian army

    09/17/2016 5:32:42 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 41 replies
    Business Standard ^ | Sept. 18 2016 | IANS
    Moscow has called an urgent UN Security Council meeting after US-led coalition airstrikes hit Syrian forces, killing 62 soldiers and wounding 100 more, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The Foreign Ministry has also demanded full and detailed explanation from Washington over the incident in Dier al-Zor, in which 62 Syrian troops were killed and over 100 injured. Moscow stressed that it was concerned by the US airstrike targeting the Syrian army units which had been destroying the Islamic State. The ministry added that the Russian side had never been notified of US plans to carry out bombings in the Dier...
  • Germany seeks UN Security Council seat again

    06/28/2016 1:54:03 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 41 replies
    In a foreign policy speech in Hamburg on Monday, Steinmeier announced that Germany would campaign for a non-permanent seat in 2019 and 2020. The country last held a Security Council seat from 2011 to 2012. Diplomats will seek support for Germany's candidacy before an election is held in mid 2018. Germany's application would require approval from at least two thirds of the 193 states in the UN General Assembly to be successful.
  • Palestinians hope for Obama change of heart with UN vote

    04/10/2016 11:34:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 10, 2016 12:23 PM EDT | Aron Heller
    With President Barack Obama in his last months in office, the Palestinians are hoping he will follow up his historic breakthroughs with Iran and Cuba with a push for their cause as well. The first step is reintroducing a United Nations Security Council resolution the United States vetoed back in 2011 seeking “accountability” for Israeli West Bank settlement building. In an interview, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said the hope is that Obama, freed of re-election concerns, will break with American protocol and refrain from vetoing it this time around. …
  • Palestinians stepping up statehood bid, Israel’s UN envoy warns

    02/05/2016 8:52:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 4, 2016, 5:47 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Jerusalem is bracing for a series of Palestinian statehood initiatives in various international forums, including resolutions at the United Nations Security Council, Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said Thursday. "The Palestinians are increasing their involvement and activity in the international arena in a bid to internationalize the conflict," he told The Times of Israel. There are several initiatives calling for the creation of a Palestinian state circulating among UN diplomats, and while they recently received less exposure due to the world's focus on fighting the Islamic State terror group, these resolutions are anything but forgotten, he indicated. ...
  • UN Security Council to meet on Israeli-Palestinian violence

    10/16/2015 5:47:54 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 8 replies
    Reuters - Jerusalem Post ^ | October 16 | Staff
    UNITED NATIONS- The United Nations Security Council will hold a special meeting on Friday to discuss the recent spate of violence between Israel and the Palestinians in which 39 people have been killed over the past two weeks. The meeting, which diplomats said was called at the request of council member Jordan, will include a briefing from the UN secretariat on the situation on the ground and will take place at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), the United Nations said on Thursday
  • U.S. to raise Iranian missile test at U.N. Security Council

    10/13/2015 2:49:57 PM PDT · by keat · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:46pm EDT | David Alexander, Lesley Wroughton, Roberta Rampton
    A missile test announced by Iran over the weekend was an apparent violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution and Washington will raise the incident at the United Nations, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. Iran said it tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile on Sunday, signaling an apparent advance in Iranian attempts to improve the accuracy of its missile arsenal. "We'll obviously raise this at the UNSC as we have done in previous launches," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters, noting the test appeared to be a violation of U.N. Security resolution 1929. He and White House...
  • Merkel: UN Security Council needs reform

    09/27/2015 7:07:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 26 Sep 2015 19:45 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined leaders from Brazil, India and Japan on Saturday to push for seats in a revamped UN Security Council that they said would do a better job of addressing global crises. Meeting on the sidelines of a UN development summit, the so-called G4 said they were “legitimate candidates” to become permanent Security Council members and backed each other’s candidacy. […] There have been mounting calls for changes to the powerful UN council, which has been deeply divided over how to address the war in Syria, now in its fifth year with more than 240,000 dead. …
  • UN Security Council unanimously approves Iran deal; EU Ministers Approve Pact Ahead of UN Vote

    07/20/2015 7:55:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 07/20/2015 | BY MARISSA NEWMAN AND AP
    The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal and paving the way to lifting longstanding sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The 15-0 approval of the Iran nuclear deal clears one of the largest hurdles for the landmark pact, which will now go before the US Congress where it may face an uphill battle for confirmation. The UN vote came shortly after the European Union approved the nuclear deal, okaying the pact between the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany and Iran that lifts punishing economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange...
  • Excerpt from PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Knesset (reaction to UN removing Iran sanctions)

    07/20/2015 9:18:27 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    PMO ^ | 20/07/2015 | Benjamin Netanyahu
    Following is an excerpt from remarks Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made at the Knesset: "On the day on which the ruler of Iran has reiterated his intention to destroy the State of Israel, the UN Security Council is giving its approval to that same country, which has systematically violated the UNSC's decisions and which calls for the destruction of Israel, a member of the UN. The hypocrisy knows no bounds. The best way to fight this hypocrisy is to tell the truth in a strong and unified manner. Here is the truth: They say that this agreement makes war more...
  • UN Security Council unanimously endorses nuclear deal between Iran and 6 world powers

    07/20/2015 7:11:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Yahoo News via AP ^ | 07/20/2015
    UN Security Council unanimously endorses nuclear deal between Iran and 6 world powers.
  • UN Security Council endorses Iran nuclear deal

    07/20/2015 6:39:48 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies ^ | July 20, 2015 | Associated Press
    The U.N. Security Council has unanimously endorsed the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.
  • The Iran Nuclear Deal From Hell, and UN Ambassador Samantha Power in the Age of Genocide

    07/20/2015 6:08:06 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 20 July 2015 | Claudia Rossett
    Thirteen years ago, Samantha Power made a name for herself with her Pulitzer prize-winning book, “‘A Problem from Hell’: America and the Age of Genocide.” In this book, she explored the history of America’s reluctance to intervene to stop or prevent genocides. Prescribing American intervention as justified on grounds both “moral” and in service of “enlightened self-interest,” Power asked how something so clear in retrospect as the need to stop genocide could “become so muddled at the time by rationalization, institutional constraints, and a lack of imagination.” It appears that on Monday morning, Power herself is going to demonstrate exactly...
  • Obama Not Waiting for Congress to Review Iran Deal Before Going to UN

    07/15/2015 6:49:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 15, 2015 | 5:03 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Despite a legal obligation to allow Congress to review the Iran nuclear agreement for 60 days, the Obama administration will press ahead with a U.N. Security Council resolution enshrining the deal, likely within days. “We will be introducing a U.N. Security Council resolution perhaps as early as next week,” a senior administration official told reporters in a background conference call from Vienna, hours after the final agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was announced. The official said the resolution wording had already been drafted in Vienna, with the U.S. in the lead. …
  • PA Blasts Nigeria for Abstaining at UN

    12/31/2014 9:29:38 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/1/15 | Ben Ariel
    The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) criticized Nigeria on Wednesday over its abstention during a UN vote on Palestinian statehood on Tuesday. In a statement quoted by the Ma’an news agency, the representative Muhannad al-Akluk, said Nigeria’s move was a "big disappointment", adding that voting against “Palestine” despite being a member of the OIC was a "clear contradiction." He also claimed that Nigeria’s abstention violated numerous resolutions passed at the Islamic organization's summits. The PA’s resolution calling for Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria by 2017 was defeated in the Security Council when...
  • PA to Submit Unilateral UN Resolution on Wednesday

    12/14/2014 3:27:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/12/14 | Ben Ariel
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced on Sunday that the draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council that would set a two-year deadline for Israel to “end its occupation” will be submitted on Wednesday. "The Palestinian leadership took a decision to go to the Security Council next Wednesday to vote on their project to end the occupation," senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) member Wassel Abu Yussef told AFP after a meeting in Ramallah. The Israeli foreign ministry declined to comment ahead of Monday's meeting in Rome between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry...
  • Obama Threatened Netanyahu With Dropping UNSC Veto Against Anti-Israel Moves: Report (VIDEO)

    11/04/2014 2:38:03 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 11-3-2014 | Dave Bender
    In a dramatic development, Israeli cabinet members are warning that US President Barack Obama threatened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US may opt not to oppose future hostile UN Security Council votes, unless Israel accedes to American policy demands, Israel’s NRG News reported on Sunday. “The prime minister told colleagues in recent days … that his office’s understanding of the issue and the government’s take on it is that the Americans will not cast a veto against a resolution that reaches the Security Council,” Ariel Kahana, diplomatic correspondent for the Makor Rishon and NRG dailies, told The Algemeiner on...
  • China opposes sending North Korea to int’l court

    10/23/2014 2:44:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 4:28 AM EDT
    China says it’s against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record. The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee is considering a resolution calling on the Security Council to take that step, citing the North’s dismal and well-documented record of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions. …
  • Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism: U.N.

    10/21/2014 5:32:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:23pm EDT | Michelle Nichols
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence. “Our long-term strategic objective in Syria remains a political solution,” Ban told the U.N. Security Council. The United Nations is spearheading efforts to end a civil war sparked by President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests more than three years ago. “A purely military response to the vicious new threat posed by (Islamic State) could ultimately contribute to the radicalization of other Sunni armed groups and spark a...
  • Can the Palestinian Authority survive without the IDF?

    10/21/2014 4:54:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 20/10/14 | Elhanan Miller
    The Palestinian leadership is bound for the UN Security Council, where it will demand a deadline for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. But, given the risk of a swift Hamas takeover of the West Bank, a former Israeli security official questioned the sincerity of the Palestinian demand, speculating that it may be acting against its own self-interest just to spite Israel. Addressing donor states in a conference for the rehabilitation of Gaza last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas did not cite November 2016 as the final date by which Israeli troops are to leave the West Bank (as...
  • Palestinians want Israel pullout vote this year

    10/18/2014 12:13:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 17, 2014 10:34 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Friday his government wants the U.N. Security Council to vote on a resolution before the end of the year that would set November 2016 as the deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from all Palestinian territories. Riyad Mansour said Friday that if the resolution is defeated—which is almost certain because of opposition from Israel’s closest ally the United States and others—the Palestinians have other options. …
  • Turkey fails in bid to join UN Security Council

    10/16/2014 10:30:42 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Bennington Banner / AP ^ | 10-16-2014 | Cara Anna
    Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Angola and Malaysia were elected Thursday to coveted seats on the United Nations Security Council, while Turkey failed in its effort to join the U.N.'s most powerful body. Neither Turkey nor Spain got enough votes in the first or second ballot of the election by the General Assembly's member states. Spain made it in the third ballot. Special attention had been on Turkey as it is under growing pressure to do more about the war in Syria pushing up against its border. The winners will join the council on Jan. 1 and serve through 2016. The...
  • Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016

    10/01/2014 8:22:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 1, 2014 2:40 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence. […] The draft calls for intensified efforts, including through negotiations, to reach a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and “a just resolution” of the status of Jerusalem as the capital of two states and of the Palestinian refugee problem. Its key provision calls for “the full withdrawal of Israel, the occupying power, from all of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East...
  • The UN Is Pulling Most Of Its Peacekeepers Out Of Syria As Situation 'Deteriorates Severely'

    09/15/2014 2:09:47 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI ^ | 9-15-2014 | Armin Rosen
    Armin RosenSeptember 15, 2014 The UN is quietly pulling back from the parts of the peacekeeper-administered military disengagement zone separating the Israeli and Syrian-controlled sections of the Golan Heights. Reuters quotes an anonymous UN staffer as saying that "Staff in U.N. positions 10, 16, 31 and 37, as well as Camp Faouar on the (Syrian) side are being relocated." Twitter user and Israel-based blogger Judge Dan created a map of these positions based off of the UN's publically-available information on the location of the UN Disengagement Observer Force's various bases:(Click to the site to see the map) According to the...
  • Security Council Urges Return to Ceasefire Talks

    08/20/2014 4:46:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/14
    The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinian Arabs to return to the negotiating table to quickly agree on a lasting truce in Gaza. In a unanimously adopted statement quoted by AFP, the 15-member council "offered full support to the Egyptian initiative and called upon the parties to resume negotiations to urgently reach a sustainable and lasting ceasefire." The statement drafted by France was agreed after negotiations in Cairo teetered on the verge of collapse amid a fresh flare-up of violence. The measure fell short of a full resolution, but diplomats signaled they would be ready...
  • BREAKING -- Obama Abandons Israel At U.N. Security Council…

    07/28/2014 9:03:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Red Flag News ^ | 7/28/14
    Despite a history of rocky relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Obama administration could largely be counted on to watch Israel’s back in the U.N. Security Council, where it succeeded for more than five years in blocking successive efforts by the Palestinians to gain more of the trappings of an independent state and to get the world body to formally censure Israeli settlement policies. That changed after the stroke of midnight Sunday when, in the early minutes of Monday, July 28, the U.N. Security Council, with the backing of the United States, issued...
  • Diplomat: Jordan to replace Saudis on UN council

    11/07/2013 4:18:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2013 6:58 PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    A U.N. diplomat says Jordan will replace Saudi Arabia on the Security Council for a two-year term starting in January after the Saudis’ unprecedented rejection of the seat hours after they were elected. … Earlier this week, Jordan dropped its bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, leaving Saudi Arabia a clear path in the now-uncontested election next Tuesday. …
  • Israel to run for U.N. Security Council seat for 2019-20

    10/04/2013 8:55:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 3, 2013 5:59pm EDT | Dan Williams
    Israel said on Thursday it plans to run for a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council for the time ever for 2019-2020, although U.N. diplomats said it will not be easy for the Jewish state to win. “We’re going all out to win,” Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor told Reuters. “It’s about time.” … Prosor said Israel will be vying against Germany and Belgium for two seats allotted to the “Western European and Others Group.” Technically, Israel should be a member of the Asia-Pacific Group along with the other states in the Middle East, but predominantly Muslim states blocked...
  • Security Council meets on alleged Syrian chemical attack

    08/21/2013 9:43:29 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Debka ^ | August 21, 2013, 7:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
    France, Britain and the US have called an emergency Security Council meeting for Wednesday night 2200 hours (Israeli time) on the alleged Syrian chemical attack which the opposition claims killed 1,300 people. DEBKAfile: Any resolution condemning the Assad regime will be blocked by Russian and Chinese vetoes. Moscow has meanwhile called for “a fair and professional investigation” into the alleged chemical attack
  • Op-Ed: NATO Troops in "Palestine" Will Be Another Afghanistan

    08/13/2013 6:58:08 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/8/13 | Mark Langfan
    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu accidentally let the "cat out of the bag" when he said two months ago that, “The crumbling of the UN force on the Golan Heights underscores the fact that Israel cannot depend on international forces for its security. They can be part of the arrangements. They cannot be the basic foundation of Israel’s security.” Netanyahu's lawyer-like parsing of the words "cannot depend," "basic foundation," and "can be part of" cannot hide the fact that the words "can be part of" really only mean US troops will almost certainly "be part of" any "peace" deal in Judea...
  • Pakistan joins UNSC as non-permanent member

    01/01/2012 8:01:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Times of India ^ | Sunday, January 1, 2012 | unattributed
    UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan today joined the UN Security Council for a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the powerful world body, which also has India among its 15-member states. Pakistan was elected to the Security Council last October when 129 out of 193 members of the UN General Assembly voted for it during an election. Pakistan has previously served the Council in 1952-53, 1968-69, 1976-77, 1983-84, 1993-94 and 2003-04. "It will be Pakistan's seventh time on the Council, and the fourth time its term will overlap with India, as it did in 1968, 1977 and 1984," the state-run APP...
  • Russia: Syria resolution "probably unrealistic"

    12/23/2011 4:20:05 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Monsters and Critics ^ | Thursday, December 22, 2011 | Deutsche Presse-Agentur
    Russia said Thursday it may not be able to complete a new draft resolution on Syria's violent unrest because amendments submitted by Western countries in the UN Security Council contradicted the contents of Russia's original text. Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, president of the 15-nation council in December, was not optimistic when asked whether the Syria draft would be ready for a vote before the holidays. He told reporters that amendments submitted by Britain, France, Germany and Portugal 'crossed out everything we said (in the text), and we cannot discuss to produce a new text.' He said prospects for completing...
  • No Security Council agreement on Korean crisis (Urgent)

    12/19/2010 5:09:49 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    No Security Council agreement on Korean crisis (Urgent) Dec 20, 2010, 0:37 GMT New York - The United Nations Security Council failed late Sunday to produce a common position to defuse rising military tensions on the Korean peninsula following a marathon closed-door session.
  • U.N. condemns attack of S. Korean warship without naming N. Korea

    07/09/2010 9:46:26 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/9/2010 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    The U.N. Security Council adopted a statement Friday condemning the attack that led to the sinking of a South Korean warship without directly linking North Korea to the incident. The 15-member council unanimously approved the statement one day after five veto-wielding members, including the North's major ally China, agreed to a draft statement. China succeeded in diluting the statement, as it did not point the finger at North Korea and included North Korea's denial of involvement in the incident, which killed 46 sailors in the Yellow Sea in March. "The Security Council condemns the attack which led to the sinking...
  • Breaking - Obama Administration & UNSC push legislation to strip Israel of Nuclear Weaspons

    05/06/2010 2:39:29 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 63 replies · 1,938+ views
    gatewaypundit/ ^ | May 5, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    Do you remember when Jesse Jackson said that under Obama Jews would lose all of their clout?
He was right. (Top left clockwise) Barack and Michelle Obama and radical Leftist anti-Israel Professor Edward Said at a May 1998 Arab community event in Chicago at which Edward Said gave the keynote speech. (Bill Baar’s West Side), Former PLO operative and close friend of the Obama’s Rashid Khalidi, Barack Obama and his racist minister Jeremiah Wright, and close terrorist friend William Ayers. The Obama Administration and the United Nations Security Council pushed legislation to strip Israel of nuclear weapons.
The Jerusalem Post reported: The...
  • Obama’s Latest Gambit: Chairing the Security Council

    09/05/2009 3:51:02 PM PDT · by rvoitier · 40 replies · 1,618+ views
    NRO Staff ^ | September 05, 2009
    Looking for a quick and easy boost in the polls, President Obama has decided to go to the one place where merit bears no relationship to adulation: the United Nations. On September 24, the president will take the unprecedented step of presiding over a meeting of the UN Security Council.
  • North Korea launches rocket over Japan (UN: NO NEW sanctions)

    04/04/2009 10:55:44 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 33 replies · 2,088+ views
    Rueters ^ | April 5, 2009 | Reuters
    The United States, Japan and South Korea will view the launch as a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed in 2006 after Pyongyang carried out the nuclear test and other missile tests. That resolution, number 1718, demands North Korea "suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile program." U.N. Security Council diplomats have told Reuters on condition of anonymity that no country was considering imposing new sanctions but the starting point could be discussing a resolution for the stricter enforcement of earlier sanctions. Both Russia and China, the latter the nearest the reclusive North has to a major...
  • Cast Lead - UNSC Ceasefire Resolution

    01/08/2009 9:07:09 PM PST · by clyde_m · 4 replies · 222+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 8, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
  • UN To Open Security Council Reform Talks By March 2009

    09/15/2008 6:55:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 298+ views
    Excerpt - UNITED NATIONS (AFP)--The U.N. General Assembly on Monday agreed to begin negotiations on expanding the membership of the powerful Security Council no later than next Feb. 28. After hours-long bargaining, the assembly adopted by consensus a resolution on Security Council enlargement on the last day of its 62nd session. ~ snip ~ It said the aim was to "garner the widest possible political acceptance by member states." ~ snip ~ During the transitional period, a number of configurations including a repartitioning of seats on a regional basis and the most delicate, the veto- wielding power of the five...
  • Russia vetoes security council action on Georgia

    08/20/2008 2:12:11 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 78+ views
    Russia blocked UN Security Council action on the Georgian crisis, refusing to support a Western-backed draft resolution calling for an immediate Russian military withdrawal. Even though Moscow has said it will withdraw, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the council the resolution should include and endorse a six-point peace plan promoted by French president Nicolas Sarkozy and signed by both Georgia and Russia. Since the French-drafted text did not do this, "the Russian Federation will not be able to support (it)," he said. The council meeting ended with no attempt to put the resolution to a vote and French and other Western...
  • Live video stream - U.N. Security Council meeting on Zimbabwe sanctions

    07/11/2008 1:43:52 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 248+ views
  • Iran issues warning on U.N. sanctions

    07/16/2007 5:39:52 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 569+ views
    al-LA Times ^ | July 16, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi
    Cooperation with nuclear inspectors could be affected, Tehran says. TEHRAN — Iranian officials said Sunday that any further United Nations Security Council sanctions on the country could jeopardize its recent decisions to grant international inspectors greater access to nuclear sites and disclose information about past activities. Iran last week announced a decision to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, to monitor its heavy-water reactor near the western town of Arak, after having barred them this year. Iran also agreed on increased safeguards for its uranium enrichment facility near the town of Natanz and to...
  • U.N. Security Council establishes international tribunal on murder of Hariri

    05/30/2007 1:10:53 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 260+ views
    an-Nahar (Beirut) ^ | May 30, 2007
    The U.N. Security Council voted Wednesday to set up the international tribunal that would try ex-premier Rafik Hariri’s suspected assassins. The 15-member council adopted a legally binding resolution that sets June 10 as the date for the entry into force of an agreement between the U.N. and Premier Fouad Saniora’s government to establish the court. Ten countries voted in favor, with veto-wielding members Russia and China as well as South Africa, Indonesia and Qatar -- three non-permanent members -- abstaining. Immediately after the voting in New York, fireworks lit Beirut’s skies in celebration of the tribunal’s establishment. A sound...
  • Australian MP lashes out at France: France was helping prop up a psychotic dictator with opposition

    03/18/2003 2:36:20 PM PST · by knighthawk · 40 replies · 375+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 18 2003
    FRANCE was helping prop up a psychotic dictator with its trenchant opposition to an American-led war on Iraq, government backbencher Cameron Thompson said tonight. France, along with Russia, Germany and China, helped sink a new resolution in the United Nations Security Council which would have paved the way for a UN-backed war in Iraq. Instead, France was pushing for UN arms inspectors to be given more time to scour Iraq for weapons of mass destruction. French President Jacques Chirac today condemned plans by the US, Britain and Australia to launch a unilateral strike to disarm Iraq, warning the decision ran...
  • Iran Asks For Ahmadinejad To Participate In UN Security Council Debate

    03/15/2007 3:06:14 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 364+ views
    UNITED NATIONS (AP)--Iran's U.N. Mission sent a letter to the Security Council president Thursday officially requesting permission for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak during its discussion on a resolution that would impose new sanctions on Tehran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, a council diplomat said. Iranian state television quoted government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham on Sunday as saying Ahmadinejad wanted to take his case for pursuing nuclear power before the council as it considers the sanctions resolution. ~ snip ~
  • Security Council imposes sanctions on Iran over uranium enrichment (From UN website)

    12/23/2006 7:19:20 PM PST · by Biscuit85 · 9 replies · 371+ views
    UN News Centre ^ | 23 December 2006
    23 December 2006 – Capping months of intensive negotiations, the United Nations Security Council today unanimously decided to impose a set of sanctions against Iran in response to its uranium-enrichment activities, which Tehran says are for peaceful purposes but which other countries contend are driven by military ambitions. The adoption of the sanctions resolution – immediately rejected by Iran – came after successive reports by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based global nuclear watchdog, indicating its inability to certify that the country's motives are entirely peaceful. Agency Director-General Muhamad ElBaradei has said the IAEA is unable to...
  • U.N. Security Council set to adopt Iran sanctions resolution on Saturday

    12/22/2006 8:39:29 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 483+ views
    Kyodo News (Japan) (excerpt) ^ | December 22, 2006
    Excerpt - The U.N. Security Council is set to adopt Saturday a draft resolution that bans the transfer of items that could contribute to Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, U.N. diplomats said Friday. The draft resolution is a modified version of what had been agreed upon earlier between the permanent five members of the Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States --plus Germany. It will be the first sanctions resolution to be adopted by the Security Council since the International Atomic Energy Agency referred the issue to the...
  • UN Security Council authorizes regional peacekeeping force for Somalia

    12/06/2006 9:48:30 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 421+ views
    Xinhua News Agency (China) ^ | December 7, 2006 | Pliny Han
    UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution authorizing a regional peacekeeping force to be deployed in Somalia. The resolution, co-sponsored by the United States, Congo, Ghana and Tanzania, also eased the 1992 arms embargo on Somalia to facilitate the deployment of the peacekeeping force. It authorized the 7-nation Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African group, and the African Union to establish "a protection and training mission in Somalia" for an initial period of six months. The regional force would monitor progress made by both sides in implementing...
  • North Korea Calls U.N. Security Council Resolution a "Declaration of War"

    10/17/2006 12:20:55 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 876+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | October 17, 2006
    Pyongyang: the resolution of UNO is a "declaration of war" Seoul - the North Korea regards as a "declaration of war" the adopted resolution Saturday by the Security Council of UNO sanctioning its nuclear test of October 9. It again promised a response. "It goes without saying that the Council Resolution of safety of UNO cannot be interpreted differently than like a declaration of war against the RPDC (democratic popular Republic of Korea)", a spokesman of the Foreign Affairs declared quoted by official agency KCNA. Indeed, this resolution "was based on the scenario according to which the United States...
  • North Korea wants congratulations

    10/09/2006 11:44:14 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 45 replies · 1,254+ views
    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council should congratulate North Korea for its nuclear test instead of passing "useless" resolutions or statements, North Korea's U.N. ambassador said Monday. Pak Gil Yon told reporters he was proud of the North Koreans who conducted the test, and said the Security Council ought to be, too. Asked if the North planned any more tests, Pak said: "That will be enough. You don't think so?" The council was holding a meeting about the test, and several diplomats warned of tough measures, possibly including the threat of sanctions. "It will be better for the...
  • France - Chirac says Security Council drop preconditions for Iran negotiations

    09/18/2006 12:11:35 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 415+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | September 18, 2006
    Iran: Chirac proposes that the Six give up seizing the Security Council PARIS - French president Jacques Chirac proposed Monday that the six great powers in load of the file of the Iranian nuclear power "give up seizing the Security Council" for sanctions, and that "Iran gives up the enrichment of uranium" to allow the negotiation. "We must initially find an agenda of the negotiation, then to enter into a negociation and, during this negotiation, I suggest that, on the one hand, the Six give up seizing the Security Council and that Iran gives up throughout the negotiation the...