The vote has been postponed for at least an hour to 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) amid a flurry of last-minute negotiations on the text drafted by Sweden and Kuwait. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier on February 23 Moscow wanted guarantees that rebel fighters will not shoot at Damascus residential areas. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, Britain or France. Russia has cast 11 vetoes on possible Security Council action on Syria since its civil war began in 2011.
In the dispatch, on behalf of the government, Prime Minister Phuc sent his condolences to relatives of fire victims. The PM also requested the city People’s Committee to visit and support dead and injured people’s families. Also, he asked the Ministry of Public Security along with related agencies to carry out investigation into the cause of the blaze and issue harsh punishment as per the law. In addition, firemen should organize drill and provide training of firefighting to residents. Moreover, firefighting police review all condominium complex, home of hundred of families to address violation of firefighting regulations. The Prime Minister…... [Read more]
ADEN — The UN Security Council will vote on Tuesday on a draft resolution demanding Yemen's Huthi rebels withdraw from territory they have seized and authorising an arms embargo and sanctions against their leaders.The measure put forward by Jordan and Gulf countries could be blocked by veto-wielding Russia which has friendly relations with Iran, the Huthis' ally.It comes as concern mounts of a humanitarian crisis in the country, with aid agencies warning of food shortages and the interruption of basic services in contested areas.Adwaa Mubarak, a 48-year-old Aden resident, said: "We are unable to leave our houses to buy what…... [Read more]
File photo of the United Nations Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York. (AFP/Stan Honda) >> Obama vows to give diplomacy a chance on UNITED NATIONS: UN Security Council envoys from Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States held talks on Wednesday on the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, but no agreement was reached. "They discussed elements that could go into a resolution" on Syria, said one UN diplomat, referring to the 45-minute meeting between the council's veto-wielding permanent members. The talks took place at Russia's UN mission in New York. "Everyone set out their position but there…... [Read more]
The meeting took place amidst escalating attacks on Aleppo and mounting tensions between Russia and the US. Passing a draft resolution requires 9 “yes” votes and no veto from any of the 5 UNSC permanent members: Russia, the US, the UK, France, and China. Division over SyriaRussia and France proposed separate resolutions on settling the Syrian conflict. The French proposal called for all parties to immediately halt all airstrikes and military flights over Aleppo, observe a ceasefire and allow access of humanitarian aid to every Syrian community. The French resolution won the approval of 11 out of 15 UNSC members,…... [Read more]
The United Nations Security Council votes on a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons at U.N. Headquarters. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council unanimously passed a landmark resolution on Friday ordering the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and condemning a murderous poison gas attack in Damascus. The major powers overcame a prolonged deadlock to approve the council's first resolution on the Syrian conflict, which the UN says has left more than 100,000 dead in 30 months. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the "historic" resolution "the first hopeful news on Syria in a…... [Read more]