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But there could be another thing which could be adopted today by the Security Council which would accomplish the same goals.
We cannot support it, we cannot allow it to pass because it is a disaster.
If it is a sensible initiative and we see it on paper, why not entertain this initiative?
It takes weeks to deploy observers.
Damascus has more than once confirmed its readiness to take part in these negotiations.
The Syrian government has established control over eastern Aleppo.
According to the latest information that we received ... military actions in eastern Aleppo are over. The Syrian government has re-established control over eastern Aleppo.
As we know, these kinds of pauses have been used by fighters to reinforce their ammunition and to strengthen their positions and this will only worsen the suffering of civilians.
It was a very close vote and very good countries competing, Croatia, Hungary. They are fortunate because of their size, they are not exposed to the winds of international diplomacy. Russia is very exposed. We've been on council a number of years, I'm sure next time we'll get in.
We believe that the proof is not there for any big punitive action to be taken, it's simply not there. Let's continue the discussion. We will continue to studying the report – please read the remarks I made (in the Security Council) – they are very very serious technical remarks which bring to light certain weaknesses in the work of JIM.
We have been there a number of years, I'm sure next time we're going to get in.
The general situation I think is pretty bad at this point, probably the worst ... since 1973.
If the change of administration is going to help, that's fine.
I think both we and the Americans believe that this is not beyond the realm of the possible, to restart those arrangements.
So this is one of the major sticking points, and hopefully at this meeting in Lausanne those countries that have an influence will take a stronger stand so that those groups, in fact, could distance from Nusra.
I think it will be very important to see: Are they prepared to really work for a cessation of hostilities? If this time they are more responsible about it, then progress can be made.
I hope it's going to be a more serious effort.
I cannot possibly see how we can let this resolution pass.
He criticized a number of heads of state, government. He should stick to his file, which is important enough.
Well ladies and gentlemen you are witnessing I think a historic scene. I don't know if it has ever been done this way in the history of the United Nations.
Today after our sixth straw poll we have a clear favorite and his name is Antonio Guterres. We wish Mr. Guterres well in discharging his duties as the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the next five years.
Of course I hope that there is not going to be a new Cold War.
Then things will become clear as to: Do we have a candidate who we are prepared to recommend to the General Assembly? Are we close to having a candidate whom we might be prepared to propose to the General Assembly? Or do we need to start from scratch?
Of course, I would like this very much to be our aim as well as the renewal of negotiations.
In Syria, hundreds of armed groups are being armed. The territory of the country is being bombed indiscriminately. Bringing a peace is almost an impossible task now.
More than 200,000 people in Aleppo have become prisoners of the terrorist groups, Jabhat al-Nusra and others. They're trying to use women and children as human shields. Air strikes are used only against the militants' positions and with laser guided bombs.
She was not interested in what I have to say ... so there is no point in listening to Ambassador Power.
If what ambassador Power has done today is any indication of their possible reaction then we are in serious trouble. But I do hope that they'll find a way to convince us and everybody else that they are serious about political settlement in Syria, that they are serious about fighting terrorists.
This is a very big question mark.
Who is in charge in Washington? Is it the White House or the Pentagon? Because we have heard statements from the Pentagon which simply fly in the face of what we have heard from President Obama and Secretary Kerry.
All the permissions the Syrian government was supposed to give have been given for humanitarian supplies to reach people in need in various parts of Syria and that the humanitarian convoy to eastern Aleppo is supposed to leave tomorrow morning.
They, in their typical way, came up with a completely different thing, which is trying to interpret and reinterpret the agreement.
We believe that we cannot ask them (council members) to support documents which they haven't seen.
Frankly, I don't, but we continue to analyze the report. There are two cases that they suggest are the fault of the Syrian side; we have very serious questions.
They were coming to the talks without saying anything, they were just saying (Syrian President Bashar) 'Assad must go' and this is not a negotiating position.
The fact is that the (Castello) road has been very actively and heavily used to supply various terrorist groups. Clearly in that kind of a situation, the government has to fight back and we're there to help them in this regard.
We are seeing a definite improvement on the humanitarian situation and humanitarian supplies. The Syrian government approved almost entirely the (U.N.) humanitarian plan in June. We hope that things will improve.
Today after our sixth straw poll we have a clear favorite and his name is Antonio Guterres. We have decided to go for a formal vote tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, and we hope it can be done by acclamation.
We're open to everything, if it's effective, if it can be done properly and safely. Are we always completely successful? No we are not.
Today, after our sixth straw poll, we have a clear favorite and his name is António Guterres. We have decided to go for a formal vote tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock and we hope it can be done by acclamation. This is what we are looking at.Tomorrow morning acclamation vote and we wish Mr. Guterres well in the charging of his duties as the secretary general of United Nations for the next 5 years.
It might. For us it's important to hear what others think, and I'm sure they will not be shying away (from) telling us who they like, so it's going to be an interesting process.
Our military presence will continue to be there, it will be directed mostly at making sure that the ceasefire, the cessation of hostilities, is maintained. Our diplomacy has received marching orders to intensify our efforts to achieve a political settlement in Syria.
By shutting down, as much as possible, the financing of DPRK's nuclear-ballistic programs, the idea is to ensure the return to the table of negotiations all the interested parties.
It's a resolution which is necessary, which the Security Council needs to adopt because of the certain challenges coming from DPRK (North Korea). We did have a few issues to take care of and we discussed them with the U.S. delegation and I think they accommodated some of our concerns. Have they accommodated all of our concerns? Not entirely.
He's not even in Russia, that's the problem. That's why we were surprised he appeared in the first place.
If they take the position that they don't need any ceasefire, and they need to fight on to the end and to victory, then this conflict is going to carry on for a very long time. And it's frightening to imagine that.
They rather crudely use humanitarian matters in order to play, we believe, a destructive role as far as the political process is concerned.
Can this investigation resist the aggressive propaganda backdrop in the media? Can it resist pressure of a clear political origin when the causes for the disaster are named in advance and such statements are made by a number of leaders of certain states which form part of the Joint Investigation Team.
There is no alternative to a political solution to the conflict in Yemen. We expect the UN to be more proactive and to resume peace talks between all parties in the Yemeni conflict. This needs to begin immediately, based on pre-existing agreements.
The Minsk agreement must be fully complied with by all sides, said Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin.
(Throughout the Ukrainian crisis,) the United States has been playing a destructive role. But you actually have to call a spade a spade. They have been provocative. After every visit of high-ranking US officials to Ukraine, the Kyiv government has stepped up the confrontational nature of its activities.
Stop trying to undermine a regime that you don't like. Restrain your geo-political ambitions. Then not only Russia's neighbours, but a lot of other countries around the world, will breathe a sigh of relief.
Some assurances are given (to Russia) at a very high level and then others do not give the orders which are required … by the border police to let the (aid) trucks in.
He repeatedly said that the entire world has embraced this initiative but also President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov have supported it. I double checked and I'm authorised to say that it is not true. It's premature to talk about our support.
The members of the Security Council expressed their unanimous support to the government and people of Iraq in their fight against terrorism. They strongly condemned all terrorist and extremist activities regardless of their motivation.
Some delegations express their understanding for the plans of the Ukrainian authorities to use force against their fellow countrymen. Well, the results are clear, Those who as a result of the forcible coup, who set up power in Kyiv, have chosen to ignore the demands of the inhabitants of the southeast.
We don't want to escalate the situation.
It is fully in line with the frame work agreement which was reached in Geneva by (Russian) Foreign Minister (Sergey) Lavrov and (US) Secretary (of State, John) Kerry, so it took us only two weeks to bring that framework agreement to fruition.
We all, of course, are going to follow things very carefully and we believe that there is no room for using chemical weapons in Syria or anywhere else and in fact if there was a use it should be investigated. That's why we're very upset that the March 19 incident was not investigated.
(A) major geo-political battle is being fought on the fields of Syria which has nothing to do with the interests of the Syrian people who are not interested in being the objects of this kind of geo-political competition. So it's so very sad.
The authors of this resolution haven't taken into account terms we proposed, which say the Syrian opposition must distance itself from extremist groups committing acts of violence.
One of the problems we clearly saw was that when the Syrian government forces were pulling out, armed groups were moving in so there was a need and there still is to address that situation.
The draft resolution, as put to a vote, did not adequately reflect the real state of affairs in Syria, and has sent an unbalanced signal to the Syrian parties. The co-sponsors of the resolution have not taken into account the wording for the draft that we proposed – to the effect that the Syrian opposition must distance itself from extremist groups which are carrying out acts of violence, and we called upon states and all those who have the relevant opportunities to use their influence, to put an end to such acts.
This is simply not the authority of the Security Council, the Security Council cannot prescribe ready recipes for the outcome of a domestic political process… otherwise it will start saying which king needs to resign and what prime minister needs to step down. This is really not the business of the Security Council.
With regard to the need to stop violence, with regard to the need to uphold human rights, with regard to expediting reforms especially, we believe, it is important to give a strong message to the Arab League that we encourage them to continue their efforts and of working together with the government of Syria.
We believe it unacceptable the threat of sanctions against the Syrian authorities. It's against the principle of a peaceful settlement on the basis of a full Syrian national dialogue.
It could be misunderstood by destructive opposition forces in Syria who, as you know, declare they want regime change in Damascus.
I suggest that I have given a complete response. Maybe the ambassador was not listening when I gave my response. Maybe he did not have his earpiece in.
While it may be premature to talk about confidence between the two parties, certainly we think it was important for them to start overcoming their long-standing hostility.
The introduction of this updated version of this draft has not changed anything, as far as we are concerned. We continue to abide by our proposed elements. The Russian approach does allow for considerable flexibility. We are not calling for things to be stagnated in Kosovo. We, for example, can envisage the transfer of responsibility from the United Nations to the European Union in Kosovo.
It is obvious to us that a draft resolution that fails to satisfy the Lebanese side should not be adopted because it will only further escalate the violence.