#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – October 20 – An international coalition against terrorism should be established through the UN Security Council, and not in a unilateral way to achieve geopolitical goals, TASS quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying on Monday.
“If we speak on coalitions, let’s form such a coalition, let’s adopt such a decision at the UN Security Council,” he said.
“Making the fight against terrorism subordinated to a political aim of punishing these or those regimes is very wrong, abnormal and counter-productive and leads only to increasing chaos.”
#AceNewsServices – BETHLEHEM – October 13 – A senior Palestinian Official said Monday that the Palestinian Authority has mustered the support of seven of nine UN Security Council members needed to bring to a vote its resolution that would force an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines by November 2016.
Speaking in an interview with the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency, Sha’ath said, “We are at the stage of lobbying within the Security Council to get nine or more votes.”
Sha’ath said that the PA was facing opposition to the move from the US, who was not only threatening to veto the resolution should it be brought to a vote, but also was urging other Security Council members to oppose the resolution and push back a vote on the measure until after US midterm elections in November.
Abbas announced on October 1 that he had submitted the draft resolution to the Security Council. “We have submitted a draft resolution to the Security Council who started consultations a few days ago and will continue for three weeks, perhaps longer, until we receive an answer,” Abbas told a PLO meeting in Ramallah.
The resolution calls for “the full withdrawal of Israel ... from all of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, as rapidly as possible and to be fully completed within a specified time-frame, not to exceed November 2016.”
#AceNewsServices – UNITED NATIONS – October 2 – Palestine, together with Arab countries, has prepared a UN Security Council draft resolution that sets the deadline for ending the Israeli occupation — November 2016.
The document, a copy of which was received by TASS on Wednesday, urges Israel’s earliest withdrawal from all Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem.
The text of the bill states that Israeli withdrawal must happen “as rapidly as possible and to be fully completed within a specified time-frame, not to exceed November 2016, and the achievement of the independence and sovereignty of the State of Palestine and the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people.”
The draft resolution requests “all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949.” It also “demands an end to all Israeli military operations, reprisals, forced displacement of civilians, and all acts of violence and hostilities.”
The draft resolution urges the comprehensive settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the UN resolutions, Madrid agreements, including the “land for peace” principle, the Arab peace initiative and the roadmap of the “quartet” of mediators for Middle East settlement.
#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – September 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia has drawn the attention of UN Security Council to the mass grave found near Donetsk on September 23 and further one on September 28 it was reported.
“It is nakedly clear that those people fell victim to reprisals, of which their hands tied behind the back, bullet wounds in the head and spent 9-mm cartridges found at the site are evidence,”
Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said in a message addressed to the UN SC.
According to Churkin’s message published on the UN electronic system of documents, “the available information allows for speculating that these civilians were shot in cold blood by Ukrainian troops.”
“There have been reports that two days before the mass grave was discovered the area had been vacated by a unit of the 25th airborne brigade of the Ukrainian army and the Aidar battalion, who had controlled the area for a long time,” Churkin said.
#AceWorldNews UNITED NATIONS September 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Iran and the P5+1 group (five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany) are working in different formats, having raised the level of security, an informed diplomatic source said on Saturday.
The sides are working on a bilateral basis as well but no plenary meeting is expected on Saturday, the source told ITAR-TASS.
The sides have agreed not to disclose the details of the negotiations and to limit their contacts with the media.
The source said the process was fragile and needed to be handled carefully as the sides were looking for compromises.
Political directors from Iran and the P5+1 group met in New York on Friday, beginning a new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear programme.
The head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov sa said Russia would “continue to work with its partners in order to lay the groundwork for compromises”.
“The recent contacts, including bilateral ones, with the Iranians were quite promising and showed that the Iranian delegation is preparing for the upcoming round most fundamentally,” Ryabkov said, adding that the six world powers were preparing as well.
“We will continue working towards the result,” Ryabkov said.
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#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – June 01 – The UN Security Council has given Russia the lead role for a period of one month, starting June 1, in accordance with the rules on rotation, RIA Novosti reports.
Russian representative to the UN, Vitaliy Churkin laid out the coming agenda, suggesting an increased focus on the Middle Eastern region, namely “the situation in Yemen, Libya, the process of chemical disarmament in Syria and the humanitarian situation there,” as well as Afghanistan.
Some of the other countries to make it to the UNSC Chair’s agenda are the war-torn Mali, the Ivory Coast and the wider Sahel region.
Russia also plans to organize an open debate on current trends within UN peacekeeping operations on June 11.
#AceWorldNews – VIENNA – May 24 – Iran is fulfilling its commitments under last year’s agreement with the six negotiators on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a quarterly report distributed among the nuclear watchdog’s member countries on Friday.
The IAEA’s report said that since the start of the deal’s implementation by Iran in January 2014, the country has not produced enriched uranium higher than 5%, and its reserves of highly enriched uranium have dropped 81% to 39 kilograms from 209 kilograms as a result of dilution and conversion.
Iran says it needs nuclear power to generate electricity, but Western powers led by the United States claim Iran’s eventual aim is to create nuclear weapons.
The six international negotiators on Iran’s program – five permanent members of the UN Security Council (Russia, China, France, Britain and the United States) plus Germany – agreed at a meeting in Geneva on November 24, 2013 not to introduce new sanctions against Iran on the part of the United Nations, the European Union and the US.
They also agreed to lift certain restrictions for Iran in some fields.
The deal, under which Iran agreed to stop enrichment of uranium to higher than 5%, entered into force January 20, 2014.
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#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – May 15 – US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will not undermine the security of the Persian Gulf region.
Hagel made the remarks on Wednesday in an opening speech to a conference with his Persian Gulf counterparts in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
He said Washington is hopeful of progress in the negotiations currently under-way in the Austrian capital Vienna between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States — plus Germany.
“As negotiations progress, I want to assure you of two things,” the Pentagon chief told the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain.
“First, these negotiations will under no circumstances trade away regional security for concessions on Iran’s nuclear program.”
#AceNewsServices – PYONGYANG – May 03 – North Korea is pushing back against a United Nations report on its human rights violations with a report of its own — one that lists “human rights abuses” in the U.S.
The official Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday released a news article titled “News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Records in U.S.,” which discusses racial discrimination, unemployment and poverty, The Washington Post reported.
The article refers to the U.S. as “the world’s worst human right abuser and tundra of a human being’s rights to existence” and makes the following points:
“Under the citizenship act, racialism is getting more severe in the U.S. The gaps between the minorities and the whites are very wide in the exercise of such rights to work and elect.”
“The U.S. true colours as a kingdom of racial discrimination was fully revealed by last year’s case that the Florida Court gave a verdict of not guilty to a white policeman who shot to death an innocent black boy.”
“That’s why 52 percent of the Americans have said that racism still exists in the country while 46 percent contended that all sorts of discrimination would be everlasting.”
“The U.S. is a living hell as elementary rights to existence are ruthlessly violated.”
North Korea previously accused the U.S. of orchestrating the U.N. commission’s February report that it committed crimes against humanity, calling the findings and recommendations “extremely dangerous” political provocations.
The U.N. Commission of Inquiry found evidence of an array of crimes, including “extermination,” crimes against humanity against starving populations and a widespread campaign of abductions of individuals in South Korea and Japan.
The three-member panel recommended that the U.N. Security Council refer its findings to the International Criminal Court, which is unlikely to happen given likely opposition among permanent council members that have veto power to prevent the move.
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#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – April 16 – Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers, Iran’s Defence Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan said Wednesday.
The US State Department’s nuclear negotiator, Wendy Sherman earlier said that Iran’s ballistic capabilities should be addressed as part of a comprehensive agreement with Iran, AP reported.
Washington has argued that a UN Security Council resolution bans Iran from “undertaking any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”
However, Dehghan said Iran’s missile program has “nothing to do” with the nuclear negotiations and that it has no nuclear dimensions.
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED NATIONS – April 10 – (ALJ) – The UN Security Council has unanimously approved the creation of a UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic to try to stop violence between Christians and Muslims that has threatened to spiral into genocide.
The 15-member council authorised the force on Thursday. It will be known as MINUSCA and will be made up of up to 10,000 troops, 1,800 police and 20 corrections officers.
The UN operation will assume authority on September 15 from the African Union’s 5,600-strong MISCA force, which was deployed in December.
The council wants the UN force to include “as many MISCA military and police personnel as possible”.
The resolution also authorises French troops in the landlocked former French colony to use “all necessary means” to support UN peacekeepers.
#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – April 01 – The situation in Syria’s Christian majority town of Kassab, which was reportedly attacked by Al-Qaeda-linked militants, must be discussed at the UN Security Council, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.
“The UN Security Council should discuss the situation in Kassab and give it a principled evaluation,” it stated.
On March 21, Jihadists reportedly crossed into Syria from Turkey and seized the town in Latakia province, home to over 2,000 ethnic Armenians.
The attack caused hundreds of local families, mainly Armenian, to flee their homes and seek shelter in the city of Latakia.
SYRIA – April 30 – (TS) – Rebels seized control of Kassab on Sunday after launching an attack two days earlier in the coastal Syrian province of Latakia. The fighters were from an array of conservative and Islamic groups, including the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front.
The province has an ancient Armenian presence, but is better known as a bastion of support for President Bashar Assad. It is his ancestral home and that of followers of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, that he belongs to.
The clashes led most of Kassab’s estimated 2,000 residents to flee some 57 kilometres to Latakia city, emptying out a village that boasted a Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant church.
“We had to flee only with our clothes. We could not take anything, not even the most precious thing — a handful of soil from Kassab. We could not take our memories,” said a woman to Syrian state television. She identified herself as Kassab resident, but did not give her name.
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#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – March 30 – North Korea may conduct a nuclear test of “new type” in retaliation to the position of the UN Security Council that continues to condemn nuclear and missile programmes in North Korea. (KCNA) reported.
“It is not ruled out that a nuclear test of new type will be conducted to build up our defence potential,” KCNA reported.
U.S. intelligence agencies monitoring North Korea for signs of a third underground nuclear test recently reported that the isolated communist state appears set to conduct the first test launch of a new road-mobile ICBM built with Chinese technology (Free Beacon)
Since 2006 up to now North Korea has already carried out three nuclear tests, though the U.N. Security Council resolutions banned that country to conduct any activity related with nuclear technologies.
Strongly condemning the 13 April satellite launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) the Security Council this morning demanded that the country stop all ballistic missile activity and not conduct any nuclear tests, while also tightening the sanctions regime on the country. http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/sc10610.doc.htm
#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – March 24 – The number of people in need of humanitarian aid in Syria has increased by one million since the start of 2014, totalling 3.5 million people, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the UN Security Council.
“As the intensity of fighting grows, increasingly more people end up with no access to humanitarian organizations,” Ban said in the document, as quoted by Itar-Tass.
The UN chief regretted that a month after a UN resolution urged both Syrian authorities and the rebels to allow access for humanitarian supplies, there has been no significant breakthrough on the matter.
The Syrian government should fast-track authorizing the UN convoys delivering aid for the people in need, and opposition fighters should grant safe passage for the convoys, he said.
#AceWorldNews – HAGUE – March 24 – Russia is not clinging to the G8 format, as all major world problems can be discussed at other international venues such as Group of Twenty (G20), Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.
“The G8 is an informal club, no one gives out membership cards and no one can expel members,” Lavrov told a media conference at the Hague. “If our Western partners believe that this format has exhausted itself, let it be. We are not clinging to it.”
He went on to say that many believe that the G8 has already fulfilled its mission as many issues are now discussed at the G20 forum.
“Generally speaking, there are also other formats for considering many questions, including the UN Security Council, the Middle East Quartet and the P5+1 on the Iranian nuclear problem,” Lavrov told journalists.
Also Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini has emphasized the importance of preserving the current G8 format. She was speaking earlier on Monday while accompanying Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).
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#AceWorldNews – Several UN aid trucks with food supplies, blankets, mattresses, family kits and medical supplies have crossed the Turkish border into Syria, Reuters reported citing a witness.
This marks the first delivery “in three years of this brutal conflict that the UN has been able to carry aid across into Syria from Turkey,” according to the UN regional humanitarian coordinator Nigel Fisher.
The delivery became possible after the UN Security Council last month unanimously called on Syrian authorities and rebels to allow access for humanitarian supplies.
Last week both Syria and Turkey gave the delivery the go-ahead.
#AceWorldNews – The stances of Iran and the P5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) on future uranium enrichment in Iran “are far apart,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said, as cited by Interfax.
International mediators want to find a solution based on the Geneva plan of actions, while Iranians “do not agree with this.”
“But their demands are quite far-reaching,” Ryabkov said. As for Russia, Ryabkov said, in the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program, it will not seek “to somehow play into the hands of the Americans, or the European Union, or the Iranians,” but will see its “very well-defined interest” in this process.
Related News: March 19 – 19.25 GMT – Extract – #AceWorldNews The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran have agreed to hold a new round of nuclear talks in Vienna on April 7-9.
World powers and the Islamic Republic agreed to the latest round of negotiations following two days of “substantive” talks in the Austrian capital, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Wednesday. http://wp.me/p165ui-4pt
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#AceWorldNews The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran have agreed to hold a new round of nuclear talks in Vienna on April 7-9.
World powers and the Islamic Republic agreed to the latest round of negotiations following two days of “substantive” talks in the Austrian capital, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Wednesday.
Ashton said the seven states had discussed Iranians contentious uranium enrichment program, the country’s Arak heavy water reactor and Western sanctions against Tehran during negotiations held over the last two days.
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#AceWorldNews – Moscow – March 18. – Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States and their allies of seizing the right to decide the destinies of the world, create coalitions according to the “who is not with us is against us” principle, at the same time ignoring the United Nations decisions.
“After the disintegration of the bipolar world, only they seized the right to decide the destinies of the world, they use force against sovereign states, create coalitions, push through the UN resolutions they need and ignore other decisions,” the Russian president said in an address in connection with the admission of Crimea to the Russian Federation.
He recalled the bombings of Belgrade, “although the UN Security Council had not given a resolution for that,” the events in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya when air strikes were launched “instead of a no-fly zone.”
“The colour revolutions ended in chaos, outbreaks of violence, and the ‘Arab Spring’ turned into an ‘Arab winter,’” said the Russian president.
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