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September 27, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Friday night to approve a resolution directing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, setting in motion an international effort expected to begin within days. The council voted to accept a plan, negotiated between Russia and the United States, that lays heavy obligations on Syrian President Bashar Assad to cooperate with international inspectors in their efforts to dismantle his chemical weapons and threatens penalties if he doesn't.
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April 13, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Paul Richter
MOSCOW - Vowing that the Russian takeover of Crimea would not be repeated elsewhere in the east of his country, Ukraine's interim president gave separatists until Monday to lay down their arms and surrender government buildings they have seized or face a crackdown by military forces. Those separatists who don't fire on security forces and who surrender their weapons will not be prosecuted, President Oleksandr Turchynov said Sunday. "The Council of National Security and Defense has decided to carry out a large-scale anti-terrorist operation with the use of armed forces of Ukraine," Turchynov said in a televised address Sunday afternoon.
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October 16, 2009 | Reuters
Politically divided Lebanon and Bosnia-Herzegovina were among five countries elected to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, in a move diplomats hoped would help strengthen the two countries' fragile institutions. In an uncontested election, the United Nations General Assembly voted for Bosnia, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria to serve on the council in the next two years. All five had been selected in advance by their regional groups. On Jan. 1 they will replace Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Libya and Vietnam as non-veto-holding members of the 15-nation body, the powerhouse of the United Nations with the authority to impose sanctions and deploy peacekeeping forces.
OPINION
March 4, 2014 | By Lorie Graham
"Does it stay on all the time or does it come off?" Ahmed asked from his hospital bed, frowning at the thought of a prosthetic leg. "I want one that doesn't come off. " These are the words of a 12-year-old boy, an innocent victim of a brutal regime and an international system that has in too many ways failed the people of Syria. My own 13-year-old, reading these words in the newspaper, asks whether there is something that can be done to help. I begin my usual "It's complicated" - there are legal constraints, there is the lack of political will - but seeing the look in my son's eyes, I say instead, "Yes there is. " The U.N. Security Council, and its permanent members in particular, could take bolder action, working in good faith toward delivering on the promise of the U.N. Charter: "To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, [and]
WORLD
January 9, 2009 | Geraldine Baum
After days of diplomatic wrestling, the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Thursday night calling for an "immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire" in the Gaza Strip that would lead to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Palestinian enclave. Arab and Western diplomats seemed unconvinced that their handiwork would silence Israeli guns or stop the militant group Hamas from firing rockets into Israel.
WORLD
February 20, 2009 | Associated Press
The General Assembly launched negotiations Thursday aimed at reforming the Security Council after nearly 30 years of efforts mired in national and regional rivalries. Representatives of the 192 member states met informally behind closed doors to listen to the timetable for talks on five key issues, including the size, composition and power of an expanded council. The Security Council currently has 15 seats.
WORLD
April 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan's upper house of parliament approved the creation of a National Security Council, a move opposition leaders said would cement the military's role in politics. The bill passed in the Senate while opposition members of parliament were out of the chamber, having stormed out in protest over a separate issue.
WORLD
January 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Libya said it was uncomfortable with the idea of sanctions against Iran but vowed to be "constructive" in dealing with Tehran's nuclear program while chairing the U.N. Security Council this month. Libya took over the rotating presidency this week. Among the issues that may come up are Western calls for a new round of sanctions against Iran, which has ignored demands that it halt its enrichment program. Libyan Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi said that "as a country that has suffered from sanctions we would definitely be in a difficult position."
NEWS
January 6, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
The Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ask Israel not to deport Palestinians from the occupied territories. It marked the first time the United States had voted against Israel in the council since 1981, the U.S. mission said. The United States, Israel's main defender at the United Nations, usually wields its veto power on behalf of the Jewish state. But Israel's crackdown on unrest in the occupied territories has provoked strong criticism by the Reagan Administration. On Dec.
WORLD
March 21, 2012 | By Paul Richter and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
  Speaking with an unusually unanimous voice on a divisive issue, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday approved a statement supporting former Secretary-General Kofi Annan's peacemaking efforts in Syria and the delivery of aid for victims of the violence. The nonbinding vote included the support of Russia, which has stood in the way of previous council proposals on Syria. Moscow has opposed international intervention in the conflict and has a long-standing alliance with the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
WORLD
February 22, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The United Nations on Saturday called for improved humanitarian access for millions of needy Syrians as Syrian government forces pounded rebel positions and the latest car bomb apparently linked to the civil war exploded in neighboring Lebanon. The U.N. Security Council resolution, passed unanimously in New York, demanded that "all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered access" for humanitarian assistance, including aid across conflict zones and via international borders.
WORLD
December 24, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon and Carol J. Williams
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The United Nations Security Council authorized an urgent increase in peacekeeping forces for South Sudan on Tuesday in a bid to keep the world's newest country from sliding into prolonged ethnic bloodletting only two years after gaining independence. International officials said they had found a mass grave and cited reports of several more. Tens of thousands of people were seeking shelter in or near U.N. bases. Regional analysts said the number killed in the remote, impoverished country probably was already in the thousands.
WORLD
October 18, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A day after the United Nations elected Saudi Arabia to a prestigious seat on the Security Council, the Saudi leadership refused to accept the position and lashed out at the world body for "double standards" and failure to protect peace. It was a stunning and unprecedented rebuke of the U.N. Security Council, diplomats and academics said, especially after the recent breakthrough in getting the unanimous approval of the 15-member council on a plan to rid Syria of its chemical weapons.
WORLD
October 17, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Getting unanimous U.N. Security Council agreement to act against rogue nations and rights abusers may have become even more difficult Thursday with the election of Chad and Saudi Arabia to seats on the influential 15-member panel, human rights advocates said. Chad made the United Nation's "list of shame" again this year over allegations of conscription and deployment of child soldiers, and Saudi Arabia is a recurring target of criticism by rights champions for denying women the right to vote, drive or travel without permission of male relatives.
WORLD
October 8, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - A second wave of chemical weapons inspectors is heading to war-battered Syria this week as the international effort to disarm President Bashar Assad's poison gas program races to meet its United Nations-ordered deadlines, officials said Tuesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the lead technical agency in the operation, said additional experts will reinforce the 19 inspectors and 16 U.N. logistics and security personnel who started work in Damascus last week on a plan to dismantle, destroy or impound Syria's toxic stockpiles.
WORLD
September 27, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Friday night to approve a resolution directing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, setting in motion an international effort expected to begin within days. The council voted to accept a plan, negotiated between Russia and the United States, that lays heavy obligations on Syrian President Bashar Assad to cooperate with international inspectors in their efforts to dismantle his chemical weapons and threatens penalties if he doesn't.
NEWS
December 23, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
With Iraq challenging the U.N. on arms inspections, the Security Council demanded that Baghdad allow weapons teams unconditional access to all suspected arms sites. The 15-member council, in a policy statement read at a formal meeting, said failure by Iraq to allow the U.N. Special Commission, in charge of scrapping Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, into any site was "unacceptable and a clear violation of the relevant resolutions." At the insistence of Russia, the U.S.
WORLD
September 26, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Shashank Bengali
UNITED NATIONS -- Russia agreed Thursday to back a United Nations Security Council resolution that demands Syria relinquish its chemical weapons, but stops short of threatening President Bashar Assad with military force if he doesn't comply. The Obama administration hailed it as a "breakthrough" despite its failure after nearly two weeks to persuade Russia, Assad's strongest international backer, to support a resolution that would invoke Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter and could have authorized the use of force or other action if Syria didn't disarm.
WORLD
September 16, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - A United Nations report finding "clear and convincing evidence" of a deadly chemical attack built new momentum Monday for demands by the United States and allies to impose tough penalties on Syria if it fails to honor promises to surrender its arsenal. Although the 38-page report from a U.N. scientific team does not assign blame, Western diplomats and independent experts said it offers undeniable evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces fired sarin-filled rockets with Russian markings into Damascus suburbs on Aug. 21. The United States says more than 1,400 people were killed.
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