Security Council Discusses September agenda amid differences

New York, Members of the UN Security Council decided to begin September activities without formally adopting its work program, after the delegation of the United States, which holds the presidency for this month, proposed the topic of human rights violations in Nicaragua.

During a public meeting last night, the 15-member Council had different point of views regarding the inclusion if the violations in Nicaragua. Several Council members expressed their concerns about it, with Ethiopia’s representative saying it is difficult to support Nicaragua’s inclusion on the agenda because it does not constitute a threat to international peace and security. He was supported by Bolivia, China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Guinea.

Bolivia’s representative said it can be dealt with by regional and subregional organizations, through the Secretary-General’s preventive diplomacy and at the Human Rights Council. “The Security Council taking up this matter means more power given to the Council and such a practice weakens the multilateral system,” he added.

In supporting the presidency’s proposal, other delegations cited Article 54 of the United Nations Charter, which states: “The Security Council shall at all times be kept fully informed of activities undertaken or in contemplation under regional arrangements or by regional agencies for the maintenance of international peace and security.” France, Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Ivory Coast, Peru and Poland voiced full support for the proposed work program.

Kuwait’s delegate emphasized the importance of unity among Council members, noting that discussions on such contentious situations as Nicaragua and Iran do not foster unity. He also commended the proposal by the United States to make all meetings public, pointing out that it is the permanent Council members that have preferred closed meetings.

Council President, Nikki R. Haley of the United States, announced that President Donald Trump will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council on Iran later this month during the 72nd session of the General Assembly.

She also announced that the Council will hold a meeting on Friday on the situation in Syria’s Idlib province, which is approved by the councils’ members.

The Security Council holds 3 separate monthly meetings on the Syrian issue, where members of the council listen to briefings from the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura about the political developments, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock about humanitarian situation and the Under-Secretary-General and High-Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu about the use of chemical weapons.

Earlier today, Petra was informed with the council’s agenda for the day. It will include a public session on “Cooperation between the UN and the regional and subregional organizations to protect international peace and security: the situation in Nicaragua “.

Source: Jordan News Agency

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