January 13, 2007 |
China and Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted resolution Friday that would have demanded Myanmar's military regime end political repression and human rights violations, insisting that the Southeast Asian nation's internal matters don't threaten international peace and security. The proposed U.N. measure underlined the need "to minimize the risks to peace and security in the region," including the flow of refugees fleeing the regime, trafficking in drugs and humans, and the spread of diseases.
December 24, 2006 |
The Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose sanctions on Iran intended to curtail its nuclear program, ending two months of haggling that highlighted the divisions among council members rather than their unity. The resolution, delayed by disagreements over how restrictive the penalties should be, bans the transfer of technology and materials that could help Iran build nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.
November 8, 2006 |
Panama won a two-year term on the Security Council on Tuesday, making the powerful body's composition for 2007 much less contrarian than the U.S. had feared should Venezuela have won the Latin American seat. But the new council still will include voices that could challenge the United States, such as South Africa, a leader of developing nations. Panama emerged last week as the compromise candidate to fill the regional seat, ending a protracted standoff between U.S.
November 2, 2006 |
Ending a two-week-long standoff, Venezuela and Guatemala bowed out of the race for a U.N. Security Council seat Wednesday and chose Panama as a compromise candidate. The contest for a seat for Latin America and the Caribbean had become a protracted battle between Guatemala, backed by the United States, and Venezuela, which portrayed itself as a challenger to U.S. dominance at the United Nations.
October 26, 2006 |
Venezuela and Guatemala have agreed in principle to end their deadlocked contest for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, but they differ on an alternative candidate, diplomats said. After six ballots Wednesday, 41 in total since last week, Guatemala received 100 to 109 votes in each round compared with Venezuela's 72 to 84 votes. But a nation must get a two-thirds majority in the 192-member General Assembly to win the Security Council seat.
October 20, 2006 |
After three days and 35 rounds of voting, Guatemala and Venezuela agreed Thursday to a timeout until next week in their deadlocked contest for a U.N. Security Council seat. Latin American and Caribbean diplomats hope to come up with a compromise candidate by the time voting resumes Wednesday, after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr on Monday and Tuesday.
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.