World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Unity among Security Council members is crucial

Unity among Security Council members is crucial, new President says

2 October – With many delicate matters under consideration, members of the United Nations Security Council must work to achieve agreement on pressing and sensitive issues, its President said today.

"What is important is that we all be moved by the same wish to protect the unity of the Council, to make consensus prevail," Ambassador Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon, which holds the rotating presidency during October, told reporters at a press briefing in New York.

"Consensus should not be taken for granted - it is something that has to be built," he said. "And whatever you build is something you have to work for, through effort, so what is important is that the outcome smoothes away the difficulties."

Reviewing this month's programme of work, he said that key hotspots, including Iraq and the situation in the Middle East, would continue to receive priority attention. Open meetings would also be held on thematic issues such as small arms, the role of women in conflict situations, and cooperation between the UN and Central Africa in peacekeeping and security. Another meeting would be held to take stock of the work of the Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee, he added.

Asked about the latest state of play on Iraq, Ambassador Belinga-Eboutou said consultations are underway in capitals and ministries, but added that "the baby is still in gestation; it hasn't yet emerged."

Earlier today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was also asked about the Council's discussions on Iraq. He replied that it was up to the Council to decide what it wanted to do. Until the Council came up with new guidelines for inspections, he noted, the chief of the UN Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC), Hans Blix, "is guided by existing resolutions, and it is on that basis that he has been dealing with the Iraqis."


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


UN News: ‘Things Have To Change’ Canada’s Trudeau Declares Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the world must change, as multilateral systems established decades ago are not working as they should, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada told the UN General Assembly on Friday. “The world is in crisis, and ... More>>

Assange's Hearing: Latest Observations From Court

Despite severe restrictions on observers, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the only NGO that has gained access to the hearing, and we’ve managed to monitor proceedings on most days. We will continue to do so whenever possible. Yesterday I was in court ... More>>

USA: Investors ‘freaking’ Over Possible Contested Outcome Of Election: Poll

A disputed result in November’s U.S. presidential election is now the number one concern for investors – even ahead of a second wave of Covid-19 – according to a new global survey. The poll carried out by deVere Group, one of the world’s largest ... More>>

ILO: Impact On Workers Of COVID-19 Is ‘catastrophic’

COVID-19 has had a “catastrophic” impact on workers, the head of the International Labour Organization ( ILO ) said on Wednesday, with lost working hours higher than originally forecast, and equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs globally in the ... More>>