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Clinton: Security Council, Germany, to Meet Iran in Istanbul April 13

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Iran and the group of five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have agreed to meet in Istanbul on April 13 for the latest round of nuclear talks.

Secretary Clinton made the announcement at a news conference Saturday following a security conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Iran and the six major powers met in Istanbul 14 months ago.

Clinton also urged Persian Gulf Arab states to develop a coordinated defense strategy against Iranian missiles, in collaboration with the US military.

Israel’s Letter to UN Regarding Gaza Rocket Attacks

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General United Nations New York

Excellency,

I write this letter as one million people in southern Israel continue to be terrorized yet another weekend fearing for their lives, enduring barrage after barrage of rocket attacks. During the past 48 hours, over 150 rockets were fired at Israeli communities, including over 40 grad missiles. These rockets are targeted at civilians – one of them falling directly on a school. I ask you, Excellency, to picture how different the current situation would be if the children would have been in school at the time the rocket fell.

In previous letters, the latest of which was sent just a few days ago, we warned of the dangers of inaction by the international community. We alerted the Council that these attacks had the potential to ignite a serious escalation of the conflict, which could affect the entire region. The events of the last two days have proven the danger of silence on behalf of the international community at large, and the Security Council, in particular.

For the sake of security and stability in our region, the Security Council and all responsible members of the international community must immediately and unequivocally condemn and do everything in their power to stop the rocket fire that continues to rain down on Israeli civilians, in violation of every precept of international law.

The number of rockets launched in only 48 hours proves that the smuggling of advanced weaponry by the Iranian regime into the Gaza Strip continues unabated. Every weapon smuggled into the area not only threatens Israeli civilians, but also diminishes Gaza’s prospects for a prosperous future by transforming residential communities into rocket launching pads. Member States’ obligations to prevent this illegal activity is an integral part of numerous UN Security Council resolutions including UNSC resolution 1860, but the latter receives hardly any attention from the international community.

Israel holds the Hamas terrorist organization fully responsible for all attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip, where it remains in de facto control. Israel has exercised and will continue to exercise its right to self-defense, as appropriate, and will take all necessary measures to protect its citizens.

I should be grateful if you would have this letter distributed as an official document of the Security Council.

Allow me, Excellency, to renew to you the assurances of my highest consideration.

Yours truly,
Ambassador Haim Waxman
Deputy Permanent Representative
Permanent Mission of Israel to the
United Nations

Arab League, Western Nations to Seek Another UN Resolution on Syria

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Arab League states are partnering with western nations again to draw up a resolution on the Syrian unrest, which is to be debated and voted on in the General Assembly this week.

The resolution, aimed at maintaining the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, is very similar to the resolution that Russia and China vetoed just over a week ago. Though General Assembly resolutions carry less significance, they can’t be vetoed.

Foreign ministers from the Arab League states also urged the formation and dispatch of a joint UN-Arab peacekeeping mission to Syria. In response, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “stressed that action on the specific requests of the League will be a matter for the Security Council to consider.”

UN Security Council Debates: Syria

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The UN Security Council has been engaging in contentious debate over a draft resolution concerning the ongoing strife in Syria.

The resolution, based on the contours of an Arab League plan calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and make way for a new unity government, has also increased tensions between the US and Syrian’s patron, Russia.

Russia has been steadfast in its intentions to veto the Western-Arab draft resolution unless it has language that unequivocally rules out military intervention in Syria. The draft “is missing the most important thing: a clear clause ruling out the possibility that the resolution could be used to justify military intervention in Syrian affairs from outside. For this reason I see no chance this draft could be adopted,” said Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s ambassador to the European Union.

“We all have a choice,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in comments before the Security Council, “stand with the people of Syria and the region or become complicit in the continuing violence there.”

Russia and China vetoed a resolution last fall condemning the Assad regime, and Russia continues to supply Syria with military equipment despite Western calls to halt such transfers.

Western diplomats would like to see a Security Council vote take place this week, but the impending Russian veto figures heavily into their calculus.

Syria on the Brink: Arab League Suspends Mission, Shifts Focus to UN

Monday, January 30th, 2012

In the wake of the Arab League’s suspension of its observer mission to Syria, the UN Security Council will begin deliberations on a draft resolution this week calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign and transfer power.

The Arab League’s mission was tasked with ensuring that Assad’s regime was abiding by an agreement with the Arab League to end violence against anti-government protesters. The mission was suspended Sunday after a particularly brutal weekend of government violence that resulted in the deaths of approximately 200 civilians.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby is in New York to deliver the mission’s findings to the Security Council, but even the support and encouragement of the 22-nation Arab alliance will not ensure the passage of a harsh resolution, as Russia and China continue to obstruct any meaningful progress in halting government violence.

Last October, Russia and China both vetoed a resolution that would have condemned the regime for the violence engulfing Syria. While this latest draft resolution does not include sanctions, it has more bite because it calls for a transfer of power.

Russia, Syria’s patron and main ally, continues to supply Syria with weapons despite calls from the West to halt weapons transfers. It has also proposed an alternative UN resolution that assigns equal blame to Assad and the dissidents.

Syria scorned the new draft resolution, with its UN ambassador, Bashar Ja’afari, quoted as saying “Syria will not be Libya; Syria will not be Iraq; Syria will not be Somalia; Syria will not be a failing state.”

It is estimated that over 5,000 people have died since March 2011, when the regime launched a crackdown against dissidents.

 

Arab League Suspends Mission in Syria; Syria Condemns

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The Syrian government has condemned the Arab League decision to suspend its monitoring mission in Syria.

The Arab League decision comes in light of the sharp increase in violence over the weekend, with upwards of 40 people reported killed by government forces.

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution on Syria, but has to contend with veto-wielding Syria-backers Russia and China. An Arab League delegation will address Security Council members this week in attempts to lobby for harsh measures against the Syrian regime.
 

Russia Reiterates Disapproval of Western Handling of Syria

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov again expressed his country’s disapproval of sanctions against Syria, and was vociferous in Russia’s opposition to foreign military intervention.

“We cannot support any proposals for sanctions imposed unilaterally without any consultation with Russia and China … to be consecrated in hindsight by a Security Council decision,” Lavrov said Wednesday after discussions with his Turkish counterpart.

In October 2011, Russia and China vetoed a Security Council resolution that condemned the Assad regime and would have served as a precursor to sanctions.

Russia continues to sell military equipment to Syria, despite Western calls not to arm the regime in its  11-month crackdown of dissidents.

 

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