Security Council

  • Russia, China skip Security Council talks on Syria 11-02-2014 07:05 AM

    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...
  • Five new nations join UN Security Council as members 03-01-2014 11:44 AM

    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...
  • Pakistan opposes new permanent seats in UNSC 09-11-2013 05:33 PM

    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...
  • Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council 18-10-2013 08:43 PM

    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...
  • Syrian opposition hails UN resolution on Chemical Weapon 29-09-2013 08:40 PM

    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...
  • UN must be reformed to reflect political realities: Manmohan Singh 28-09-2013 11:39 PM

    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...
  • US, Russia reach deal on Syria resolution 27-09-2013 07:57 AM

    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...
  • Syria vows to give up chemical weapons, Obama cautious about deal 11-09-2013 10:13 AM

    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,...
  • US resolution on Syria strike passes first hurdle 05-09-2013 09:50 AM

    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...
  • Syria dispute set to overshadow G20 talks on economy 05-09-2013 09:23 AM

    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...
  • UK Parliament votes against military strike in Syria 30-08-2013 01:30 PM

    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 30-08-2013 09:09 AM

    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...
  • UNSC fails to agree on military action against Syria 29-08-2013 10:30 AM

    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 29-08-2013 09:08 AM

    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 29-08-2013 08:52 AM

    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...
  • UN Council set for Syria clash as Western powers prepare to attack 28-08-2013 10:20 PM

    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...
  • Russia warns against military intervention in Syria 27-08-2013 05:34 AM

    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 22-08-2013 12:05 PM

    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...
  • Syria gas kills hundreds, UN Security Council calls for emergency meeting 22-08-2013 08:49 AM

    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...
  • UN Security Council says 'clarity' needed after alleged Syria attack 22-08-2013 05:32 AM

    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...
  • Syria gas 'kills hundreds', Security Council to meet 22-08-2013 01:10 AM

    Beirut/Amman: Syria's opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people near Damascus on Wednesday after rockets released deadly fumes over rebel-held suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept. What would be the world's most lethal chemical weapons attack since the 1980s prompted an emergency meeting of the...
  • World View: Death toll crosses 600 as clashes between Army and Morsi supporters intensify 16-08-2013 11:55 PM

    More than 600 people have been killed in Egypt as supporters of ousted President Morsi clash with the Army. While the UN Security Council has called an emergency meet, the Muslim Brotherhood has called for a march to Cairo square. ...
  • Egypt violence: Death toll crosses 600, UN calls for maximum restraint 16-08-2013 01:33 PM

    More than 600 people have been killed in Egypt as supporters of ousted President Morsi clash with the Army. While the UN Security Council has called an emergency meet, the Muslim Brotherhood has called for a march to Cairo square. ...
  • Egypt violence: Death toll surges, UN Security Council calls for emergency meeting 16-08-2013 08:47 AM

    The UN Security Council has scheduled an emergency briefing on the latest developments in Egypt following the government's deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Britain, France and Australia requested the council meeting and the UN spokesman's office said Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson will brief the council behind...
  • South Africa demands permanent African seats in UNSC 13-08-2013 04:21 AM

    South Africa on Monday appealed for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reforms and inclusion of Africa with at least two permanent seats. The appeal was made by South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane after hosting Vuk Jeremic, president of the 67th session of the UN...
  • Syria rebels meet UN Security Council, urge Russia to end Assad support 27-07-2013 08:09 AM

    Syrian rebel leaders met with the UN Security Council for the first time on Friday to discuss the country's two-year war and appealed to Russia to stop its powerful political and military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government. The 15-member Security Council has been deadlocked on Syria. Russia, an...
  • North Korean UN envoy urges end to economic sanctions 22-06-2013 06:37 AM

    United Nations: North Korea's envoy to the United Nations on Friday called on the United States to lift its economic sanctions against Pyongyang and urged UN members not to follow Security Council sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear and missile tests. "I urge the United States to stop economic sanctions...
  • It's time for UN Security Council reform, says Tharoor 17-04-2013 11:45 PM

    Washington: Aspiring for a permanent seat at the powerful UN Security Council, India has renewed its call for reforming and expanding the 15-membered highest decision making body of the United Nations, to make it more reflective of the 21st century realities. "Now that we have renovated the Chamber, it is...
  • India, Germany will step up pressure for UNSC seat 15-04-2013 05:43 AM

    New Delhi/Berlin: India and Germany will jointly intensify efforts to gain permanent membership in an expanded United Nations Security Council as also for broader reform of the world organisation, top ministers of the two sides say. "Security Council reform was naturally one of our focus areas of discussions. We have...
  • UNSC condemns Indian peacekeepers' killing in South Sudan 10-04-2013 11:50 AM

    New York: Members of the UN Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms the killing of five Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan and asked that the perpetrators be brought to justice. The members condemned the April 9 attack by unidentified armed persons on a UN Mission in South Sudan...