October 18, 2006 |
Venezuela refused to abandon its bid for a Security Council seat despite the fact that it trailed Guatemala in many rounds of voting, creating a deadlock that led to calls for a compromise candidate. In the latest round -- the 22nd over two days -- Guatemala garnered 102 votes to Venezuela's 77. That result was short of the two-thirds majority of the 192-member General Assembly needed to win, and diplomats said it appeared that neither nation would be able to bridge the gap.
October 17, 2006 |
Guatemala and Venezuela began battling for a seat on the Security Council on Monday in what has become a referendum on the United States and its role in the world body. After U.S.-backed Guatemala led or tied in 10 rounds of voting without gaining the necessary two-thirds majority to win, the General Assembly suspended further balloting until today.
October 15, 2006 |
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose sanctions on North Korea that are meant to cut off the materials and funding for its nuclear program, although China ruled out participating in inspections of North Korean cargo.
October 14, 2006 |
The Security Council plans to vote today on a resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea for its declared nuclear test after a last-minute session to address Chinese and Russian concerns over how to implement them. Tests showing radiation in gases near North Korea dispelled most doubts that the nation had exploded a nuclear device, which had arisen after earlier sampling did not detect any nuclear particles in the air, a U.S. government official said.
October 7, 2006 |
The Security Council unanimously urged North Korea on Friday to scrap plans for a nuclear test and return to six-party talks -- or face unspecified consequences. Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that the test could come as early as this weekend. U.S. spy satellites have detected sustained activity at a suspected underground test site in North Korea.
September 16, 2006 |
TOMORROW, SEPT. 17, people around the world will be taking part in a "Global Day for Darfur" to show support for the people of Darfur and to put pressure on governments to protect innocent civilians. They are right, and I hope their call will be heard. The glimmer of hope that many of us felt when the Darfur peace agreement was signed four months ago -- albeit by only two of the warring parties -- is being extinguished by renewed fighting among the factions.
September 15, 2006 |
Sudan's president has ignored appeals from U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, President Bush and Arab leaders to allow U.N. peacekeepers to protect people in Darfur from attacks by militias and the government. So what difference can actor George Clooney make? Clooney tried to answer that question Thursday as he and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel met with Security Council members to push them to act on Sudan. "Do I think that anything I say is more effective?
September 11, 2006 |
Iran is ready to consider complying, at least temporarily, with a U.N. Security Council demand that it freeze uranium enrichment, which can be used to develop atomic weapons, diplomats said Sunday. Such a concession would be a major departure by Tehran, which faces possible United Nations sanctions for its refusal to halt enrichment efforts, and would be a huge step toward defusing a confrontation in the Security Council.
August 25, 2006 |
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that China endorsed his nation's bid to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council, a move strongly opposed by the United States. The announcement came as Chavez outlined a dozen bilateral trade deals at the close of his state visit to Beijing, including plans to triple oil exports to China by 2010. Chavez said he saw stronger relations with China as a means of creating a "multi-polar" world and lessening the "hegemony" of the United States.
August 22, 2006 |
Iran's supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Monday that his country would pursue its nuclear program despite a U.N. Security Council demand to stop enriching uranium by Aug. 31 or face possible sanctions. Iran is to formally reply today to a trade and technology offer from major powers in return for halting uranium enrichment. The deal aims to allay Western fears that Iran wants to build atomic bombs. Tehran says its program is only for electricity.