Last quote by Samantha Power
Samantha Power quotes
It is your noose – three member states of the U.N. – contributing to a noose around civilians. It should shame you. Instead by all appearances it is emboldening you. You are plotting your next assault. Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you?
Aleppo will join the ranks of those events in world history that define modern evil, that stain our conscience decades later – Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica and now Aleppo.
We see the DPRK (North Korea) regime grow its illicit weapons program rather than growing its own children.
Diplomacy has not delivered for the people of Aleppo. It is not us that walked away from diplomacy. It is Syria and the Russian Federation.
Today's resolution systematically goes after each of these illicit schemes.
The United States will continue to underscore to the coalition the need to take all feasible measures to reduce civilian casualties and target precisely, including verifying targets against a no-strike list.
After 55-plus years of pursuing the path of isolation, we are choosing to take the path of engagement.
We have selected a candidate who is prepared to cut past the jargon and the acronyms and the sterile briefings and get real. He knows the only measure of our work here is whether we are or are not helping and supporting real people.
Fundamentally, no matter any resolution says, it is going to be up to the Member States of the United Nations, and particularly those Member States that have dealings with the DPRK (North Korea), to fully enforce the resolution.
In the negotiation that we are currently in the midst on in the new resolution, we are hoping to address some of the shortcomings that we have seen.
While Security Council resolutions are one tool in our tool box ... we are committed to using all the tools in our tool kit to address this serious threat including the diplomatic pressure that we are mobilizing around the world to convince other nations to isolate the regime.
Children are not terrorists. Breadlines – and the individuals within breadlines – are not terrorists. Rescue workers are not terrorists. Hospital workers are not terrorists.
What they are doing is a gift to ISIL (Islamic State) and (Nusra Front), the groups that they claim that they want to stop.
Rescue workers are not terrorists. Hospital workers are not terrorists. What they are doing is sowing not only the doom of this country and these people and this proud civilization of Syria, but it is going to generate more refugee flow, more radicalization.
That's the coldness and the brutality that we're talking about, and Russia stands right alongside those individuals and those bombers and, again, is not backing the regime - is fighting alongside the regime, bombing alongside the regime, exceeding in brutality what we have seen from the regime in the life of this war.
It is apocalyptic what is being done to eastern Aleppo.
What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism, it's barbarism. It's apocalyptic what is being done in eastern Aleppo.
That is why, even now, we will continue to look for any way possible to restore the cessation of hostilities.
It is time to say who is carrying out those air strikes and who is killing civilians. Russia holds a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, this is a privilege and it is a responsibility. Yet in Syria and in Aleppo, Russia is abusing this historic privilege.
As we've seen in the past, countries have a bad habit of coming to pledging conferences and making commitments and then not delivering.
The real measure of the summit will only be what countries do and who they help.
A meeting like this, a stunt like this, isn't helping anybody.
The Assad regime has been intentionally striking civilian targets with horrifying, predictable regularity. And yet in the face of none of these atrocities has Russia expressed outrage nor has it demanded investigations nor has it ever called for a Saturday night emergency consultation in the Security Council.
Russia really needs to stop the cheap point scoring and the grandstanding and the stunts and focus on what matters, which is implementation of something we negotiated in good faith with them.
We are not going to solve the refugee crisis on Tuesday, but I think you will see an important show of political will from leaders around the world.
We also retain the ability to take what's in the report and act nationally and multilaterally in order to ensure real consequences for those actors who are named.
We're in negotiations on a U.N. Security Council resolution.
This is more than brazen defiance. North Korea is seeking to perfect its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles so they can hold the region and the world hostage under threat of nuclear strike. The council must use every tool at its disposal to change North Korea's calculus.
North Korea is seeking to perfect its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles so they can hold the region and the world hostage under threat of nuclear strikes.
We will take additional significant steps, including new sanctions to demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to its unlawful and dangerous actions.
The Security Council must remain unequivocal and united in condemnation of these tests and we must take action to enforce the words we put on paper – to enforce our resolutions.
So without getting ahead of the council we were also interested in increasing the consequences after this pattern of using these launches to advance the capabilities of the program.
We as a council sent an unequivocal message that 'yes, this force is still needed.
As a mother I can't imagine that choice. I know I would go and take that risk for my children, I think any mother would. We heard desperate appeals for the regional protection force to be deployed quickly.
It is incumbent on the council to act swiftly to show that when we put that Joint Investigative Mechanism in place we were serious about there being meaningful accountability. I can't specify or get ahead of where the council's going to be.
It is the first official independent confirmation of what many of us have alleged for a long time, many of us have presented substantial evidence of for a long time, and that is a pattern of chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime. It is incumbent on the council to act swiftly to show ... we were serious about there being meaningful accountability.
It is essential that the members of the Security Council come together to ensure consequences for those who have used chemical weapons in Syria. We strongly urge all states to support strong and swift action by the Security Council.
If the fighting continues it is conceivable that civilians on both sides of Aleppo could be cut off from the basic assistance they need. We cannot allow this to happen.
It is really important that the Security Council move as expeditiously as possible to make this selection to allow the next Secretary-General as much time as possible to prepare for this ever-so-important job.
Russia, as a co-sponsor of the cessation of hostilities, should use its influence on the regime to help stop these attacks.
The Security Council and the rest of the U.N., the ISSG, and international community must be prepared for air drops if the regime continues its obstruction.
We just need to do it in a very urgent way because, of course as we all know, the population is vulnerable in different parts of the country.
It is no coincidence that the North Korean government would rather grow its nuclear weapons program than grow its own children.
Part of the perverse reality that has no equal in this world" is that North Korea prioritizes its nuclear and ballistic missile programs over the basic needs of its own people.
Even a partial de-escalation would make a real difference in the lives of Syrians.
We're looking forward to expeditiously consulting with our colleagues in the coming days and we will be looking to all council members to unite around a swift and aggressive response to the DPRK's repeated violations that constitute this very direct threat to global peace and security.
We will ensure that the Security Council imposes serious consequences. DPRK's (North Korea) latest transgressions require our response to be even firmer.
There are hundreds of thousands of people being deliberately besieged, deliberately starved, right now. And these images, they remind us of World War Two.
My ulterior motive is actually to finally do something about a cancer, the cancer of sexual exploitation and abuse against people who trust the blue flag. They see a peacekeeper coming their way and they think: 'This is somebody who is going to help me.' They don't think: 'I have got to run. This is somebody who is going to rape me. That is not what they think or what they should ever think.
Since Russia began its strikes the Syrian map has shifted in (Islamic State's) favour.
This sends a clear and powerful message to all those involved in chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The joint investigative mechanism will identify you if you gas people.
Nobody wants there to be damage to the Russian economy. But those are the consequences – that is the diplomatic and economic isolation – that Russia must face in the wake of its aggression up to this point and in the event there is further aggression.
Russia signs agreements then does everything within its power to undermine them, Russia champions the sovereignty of nations and then acts as if a neighbor's borders do not exist. The idea that Russia, which manufactured and continues to escalate the violence in Ukraine has tabled a resolution today calling for the conflict's peaceful solution is ironic to say the least.
Unfortunately we are back here today because Russia and the separatists have once again flouted these commitments. The targets are fresh ones, but Russia's end goal remains the same : to seize more territory and move the line of Russian-controlled territory deeper and deeper into Ukraine.
Let us pull away from Putin's peace plan and call it for what it is – a Russian occupation plan. We need to implement the peace plans we already have, peace plans Russia has signed and broken. If Russia is serious about peace, it should follow through on Minsk, which it agreed to more than four months ago.
This resolution sets the stage for more division not for compromise. It could well serve to provoke the very confrontation it purports to address. For decades the United States has worked to try to help achieve a comprehensive end to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict and we remain committed to achieving the peace that both Palestinians and Israelis deserve.
Today's resolution, which the United States is proud to co-sponsor, represents the Council's strong unified position that all member states must disrupt the terrorist financing and foreign fighter recruitment networks that are fuelling the violence perpetrated by ISIL, the al-Nusra Front and other associates of al-Qaida in the region.
Therefore, any further unilateral intervention by Russia into Ukrainian territory, including one under the guise of providing humanitarian aid, would be completely unacceptable and deeply alarming. And it would be viewed as an invasion of Ukraine.
We are outraged by that prospect but we are not fooled.
The forces are doing, in each six or seven cities that they have been acting, exactly the same thing. So certainly it bears the tell-tale signs of Moscow's involvement. And if actions like the kind we've seen over the last (2-3 days) few days continue, you're going to see a ramping up of those sanctions.
To immediately address the dire situation, the Secretary General has requested the security Council to authorise an additional 5,000 peacekeepers for UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) and the United States is one of many council members, in fact all council members, that fully supports this proposal – to ensure that the mission has the assets and resources that it needs to fulfil its mandate.
Just two weeks ago tonight's outcome seemed utterly unimaginable. Two weeks ago the Syrian regime hadn't even acknowledged the existence of its chemical weapons stockpiles. But tonight we have a shared draft resolution that is the outcome of intense diplomacy and negotiations over the past two weeks.