Security Council

  • UN Security Council calls for Gaza ceasefire ahead of Eid 2 days ago

    United Nations: The UN Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas. The council adopted the presidential statement at an emergency meeting just after midnight on Monday as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the...
  • US presses case against Russia on MH17 as horror deepens July 21, 2014

    Hrabove: US Secretary of State John Kerry laid out what he called overwhelming evidence of Russian complicity in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as international horror deepened over the fate of the victims' remains. Kerry demanded that Moscow take responsibility for actions of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine...
  • Hamas says Israeli soldier captured; Gaza death toll jumps to 447 July 21, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: Israeli tanks shelled militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and a woman died in an air strike after the bloodiest day of a nearly two-week military offensive that showed no signs of abating, despite global calls for a truce. Palestinian health officials said the death toll since July...
  • UN to vote on MH17 crash resolution July 21, 2014

    Canberra: Diplomats said that the UN Security Council could vote as early as on Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area. But Australia and Russia on late Sunday were still working out key differences, and Britain accused...
  • UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine July 18, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Friday morning on Ukraine. Britain's UN Mission said on Thursday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 am on Friday. The request follows Wednesday's downing of a Ukrainian air force fighter and Thursday's...
  • UN Security Council authorises cross-border aid access in Syria July 15, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Monday authorised humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, even though Syria has warned it deems such deliveries incursions into its territory. "The consent of the Syrian authorities will no longer be...
  • Getting ready for every possible scenario, says Israeli Prime Minister July 13, 2014

    Hostilities between Israel and Gaza have escalated again, following the killings of three Israeli teenagers and one Palestinian teenager in last one week. The UN Security Council called for a ceasefire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants on Saturday. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that the ...
  • Russia to work on UN Security Council resolution over Syria July 10, 2014

    Moscow: Russia is prepared to continue working on a UN Security Council (UNSC) draft resolution which rules out use of force against Damascus, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. "The document should clearly lay out the Russian position: no coercive measures, including sanctions and force, can be presented there," Xinhua quoted...
  • UN Security Council committee blacklists Nigeria's Boko Haram May 23, 2014

    Washington: The UN Security Council committee on al-Qaeda sanctions blacklisted Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Thursday after the insurgents kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls, diplomats said. Nigeria, which until recently had been reluctant to seek international help to combat Boko Haram, requested earlier this week the group be sanctioned. As...
  • Nigerian group calls for UN sanctions on militants May 11, 2014

    Lagos: The UN Security Council must impose sanctions on the Islamic extremists that abducted more than 300 schoolgirls, a leading Nigerian rights group said on Sunday, adding that expressions of concern and condemnation are not enough. The call comes as more experts are expected in Nigeria to help in the search,...
  • Russia, China skip Security Council talks on Syria February 11, 2014

    Russia is scuttling Western efforts to push through a Security Council resolution that would raise the prospect of sanctions against Syria unless the government gives unrestricted access to deliver humanitarian aid. Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin vowed to veto the proposed measure if necessary. Both he and China's UN ambassador were...
  • Five new nations join UN Security Council as members January 3, 2014

    Five new countries joined the UN Security Council (UNSC) as non-permanent members starting from the new year, while Jordan assumed on Thursday the rotating presidency of the Council for January. Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania and Nigeria have begun their two-year term, replacing Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo, Xinhua reported on...
  • Pakistan opposes new permanent seats in UNSC November 9, 2013

    Pakistan has opposed the creation of new permanent seats in the 15-member UN Security Council during the two-day UN General Assembly debate on Security Council reform. "There should be no new centres of privilege," Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) quoted Masood Khan, Pakistan's ambassador to UN, as telling the 193-member assembly...
  • Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council October 18, 2013

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected its freshly-acquired seat on the UN Security Council, saying the 15-member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. The move came just hours after the kingdom was elected as one of the Council's 10 non-permanent members on...
  • Syrian opposition hails UN resolution on Chemical Weapon September 29, 2013

    A prominent figure of Syria's domestic opposition on Sunday hailed the UN Security Council resolution on chemical weapons, saying it prevented a US military strike that could spark a broader regional war. The UN Security Council resolution would help remove the chemical weapons from the conflict in Syria and thus could...
  • UN must be reformed to reflect political realities: Manmohan Singh September 28, 2013

    United Nations: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday made a strong case for urgent reform of the UN Security Council to reflect current political realities by including more developing countries as both permanent and non-permanent members. Addressing the UN General Assembly, he also said multilateral financial institutions should give developing countries...
  • US, Russia reach deal on Syria resolution September 27, 2013

    United Nations: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that the US and Russia have reached an agreement on a UN Security Council resolution about Syrian chemical weapons. "I was pleased to have a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and we did reach an agreement with respect to the...
  • Syria vows to give up chemical weapons, Obama cautious about deal September 11, 2013

    Syria accepted a Russian proposal on Tuesday to give up chemical weapons but US President Barack Obama said it was too early to tell if the initiative would succeed and he vowed to keep military forces at the ready to strike if diplomacy fails. In a televised address to Americans, Obama...
  • US resolution on Syria strike passes first hurdle September 5, 2013

    US President Barack Obama's effort to win legislative backing for military strikes against Syria passed its first hurdle on Wednesday when a Senate committee voted in favour, but the narrow margin of victory showed the depth of US caution. In a possible sign of internal unrest in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's...
  • Syria dispute set to overshadow G20 talks on economy September 5, 2013

    A potential showdown over Syria between US President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin could overshadow a meeting of world leaders on Thursday on how to revive the global economy. At a summit which Putin is hosting in a tsarist palace outside St. Petersburg, the Group of 20 developed and developing...
  • UK Parliament votes against military strike in Syria August 30, 2013

    The US may have to take action against Syria without the support of one of its staunchest allies, US officials said Thursday after British lawmakers voted down a proposal for military action. A stunning defeat for a government that seemed days away from declaring support for possible US attacks against...
  • Britain says no to Syria intervention as US considers military strike August 30, 2013

    Britain will not join any military action against Syria after a stunning parliamentary defeat on Thursday of a government motion on the issue, dealing a setback to US-led efforts to punish Damascus over the use of chemical weapons against civilians. Following a 285-272 vote against a motion by British Prime Minister...
  • UNSC fails to agree on military action against Syria August 29, 2013

    The five permanent members of the Security Council have failed to reach consensus on military action against Syrian regime. ...
  • Syrian govt carried out chemical attack on civilians, declares Obama August 29, 2013

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared unequivocally that the United States has "concluded" that the Syrian government carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians. Yet US intelligence officials say questions remain about whether the attack could be linked to Syrian President Bashar Assad or high officials in his...
  • UN Security Council meet over attacking Syria hits roadblock; Russia, China walk out August 29, 2013

    The UN Security Council's five permanent members ended a meeting on Wednesday fiercely divided over a British-proposed resolution to authorize the use of military force to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons, with Russia and China firmly opposed. A tension-filled meeting ended with no indication of whether the...
  • UN Council set for Syria clash as Western powers prepare to attack August 28, 2013

    The United Nations Security Council was set for a showdown over Syria on Wednesday as Britain sought authorisation for Western military action that Russia called premature and seemed certain to block. UN chemical weapons experts investigating a gas attack that killed hundreds of civilians in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus made a...
  • Russia warns against military intervention in Syria August 27, 2013

    Moscow: Russia warned Western powers on Monday against any military intervention in Syria, saying the use of force without a UN mandate would violate international law. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow had no plans to be drawn into a military conflict over the civil war in Syria and that...
  • Syrian forces bombard Damascus suburbs after 'gas attack' kills hundreds August 22, 2013

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces bombarded rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on Thursday, activists said, keeping up pressure on the besieged region a day after the opposition accused the army of gassing hundreds in a chemical weapons attack. With the death toll estimated between 500 and 1,300, what would be the world's...
  • Syria gas kills hundreds, UN Security Council calls for emergency meeting August 22, 2013

    Syria's opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people on Wednesday by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held Damascus suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept. With the death toll estimated between 500 and 1,300, what would be the world's most lethal chemical weapons attack since...
  • UN Security Council says 'clarity' needed after alleged Syria attack August 22, 2013

    United Nations: The UN Security Council said it was necessary to clarify an alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus on Wednesday but stopped short of explicitly demanding a probe by UN investigators in Syria. "There is a strong concern among council members about the allegations and a general...