North Korea Tells UN Security Council of ‘Dastardly Tricks’ by US

North Korea’s UN mission has fired off a missive to the Security Council complaining the United States of “hatching all sorts of dastardly tricks” and making a “brigandish demand” of the council to condemn Pyongyang’s recent failed launch of a satellite.

The letter, addressed to the President of the Security Council – which happens to be US ambassador Susan Rice this month, states that North Korea showed “to the maximum, from A to Z” that its intention to launch the satellite was entirely for peaceful purposes, and aroused the sympathy of the broad world public.”

Yet, the letter goes on, the council allowed itself to be “abused, under the pressure of high-handed and arbitrary practices of the United States.” The resolutions that the council said North Korea violated [1718 & 1874] are, according to the letter, “the height of illegality, faked up at random, disregarding even universally accepted international law.”

Read the full letter here

Brig´and`ish
adj – Like a brigand or freebooter; robberlike.
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, pub’d 1913 by C. & G. Merriam Co.

 

UNSC Give Go Ahead to Deploy 300 Unarmed Observers to Monitor Ceasefire in Syria

UNSC Give Go Ahead to Deploy 300 Unarmed Observers to Monitor Ceasefire in Syria

Agreement Signed Between U.N. and Syrian Government on Terms of Deployment for Observer Mission

Agreement Signed Between U.N. and Syrian Government on Terms of Deployment for Observer Mission

Ban Ki-moon Proposes 300 Unarmed Obsevers for Supervision Mission in Syria

Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said he has asked the Security Council to authorize the deployment of 300 unarmed observers to Syria for a supervision mission to monitor the precarious ceasefire despite “deeply troubling evidence” that Syrian troops have not ceased all violence. Ban’s proposal is that the observers be deployed “over a period weeks, in approximately ten locations.” The name of the proposed operation is the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS). The U.N. chief said there is no agreement yet with Syria on using U.N. helicopters and airplanes. The Syrian government told him they will be responsible for transporting the observers and assured him that the monitors will have free mobility. “I hope they will keep their promise,” Ban said.

UN armored vehicles are unloaded from an Italian aircraft
carrier in Beruit on April 17 for use by advance observer mission
in Syria. (Courtesy: UN Photo)

UNSC Adopt Resolution 2042 Authorizing Advance Observer Mission to Syria, Draft Text Watered Down

UNSC Adopt Resolution 2042 Authorizing Advance Observer Mission to Syria, Draft Text Watered Down

US Envoy Rice Says ‘Many’ Changes in Revised Draft – Vote 11am Sat.

There are “many” changes in the revised draft resolution authorizing an advance mission of up to 30 observers to monitor the Syria ceasefire, U.S. envoy Susan Rice said on Friday. Earlier Russia put forward its own shorter text, with Amb. Vitaly Churkin saying the West/Arab draft was too detailed and did not make demands of the opposition. A vote is scheduled for 11am tomorrow, Sat. April 14 (which, coincidentally, is also Syria U.N. envoy Bashar Jaafari’s birthday) on the draft sponsored by the U.S. Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Colombia and Morocco.

UNSC Draft Resolution Authorizing Advance Syria Observer Mission

UNSC Draft Resolution Authorizing Advance Syria Observer Mission

Syria Update – Fragile Ceasefire in Effect: Annan issues statement, briefs Security Council

Syria Update – Fragile Ceasefire in Effect: Annan issues statement, briefs Security Council

The Eight Security Council Members That Haven’t Joined the ICC

Although it is charged with primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security – and can refer cases to the International Criminal Court – eight of the current 15 members of the U.N. Security Council have not joined the ICC, among them three of the five permanent members – China, Russia and the United States.

Of the ten non-permanent members, five – Azerbaijan, India, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo – have not joined.

In the broader UN membership, 121 of the 193 U.N. states have ratified the Rome Statute, the legal instrument that created the court  - with African, European and Latin American countries overwhelmingly supporting the court (exceptions include Sudan, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Nicaragua, Belarus and Ukraine).

From the Middle East and North Africa, only Jordan and Tunisia have ratified the Rome Statute.

Asia’s another region with poor representation. Afghanistan, Japan and South Korea have joined but several others, including North Korea, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Nepal, Vietnam and Singapore have not joined. 

 

Annan’s Six-Point Plan (Latest update)

U.N.-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan told the Security Council that the Syrian foreign minister sent him a letter on April 1 stating his government will immediately begin withdrawing troops from populations centers, cease use of heavy weapons, and stop forward deployment, and this will be completed by April 10, US envoy Susan Rice said today.  Annan’s deputy, Nassar al-Qidwa, is seeking commitments from the opposition that it will cease operations 48 hours later, she said. This would satisfy point 2 of Annan’s six-point plan (below).

1) commit to work with the Envoy in an inclusive Syrian-led political process to address the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people, and, to this end, commit to appoint an empowered interlocutor when invited to do so by the Envoy;

2) commit to stop the fighting and achieve urgently an effective United Nations supervised cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties to protect civilians and stabilize the country.

a. To this end, the Syrian government should immediately cease troop movements towards, and end the use of heavy weapons in, population centres, and begin pullback of military concentrations in and around population centres.

b. As these actions are being taken on the ground, the Syrian government should work with the Envoy to bring about a sustained cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties with an effective United Nations supervision mechanism.

c. Similar commitments would be sought by the Envoy from the opposition and all relevant elements to stop the fighting and work with him to bring about a sustained cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties with an effective United Nations supervision mechanism;

3) ensure timely provision of humanitarian assistance to all areas affected by the fighting, and to this end, as immediate steps, to accept and implement a daily two hour humanitarian pause and to coordinate exact time and modalities of the daily pause through an efficient mechanism, including at local level.

4) intensify the pace and scale of release of arbitrarily detained persons, including especially vulnerable categories of persons, and persons involved in peaceful political activities, provide without delay through appropriate channels a list of all places in which such persons are being detained, immediately begin organising access to such locations and through appropriate channels respond promptly to all written requests for information, access or release regarding such persons;

5) ensure freedom of movement throughout the country for journalists and a non-discriminatory visa policy for them;

6) respect freedom of association and the right to demonstrate peacefully as legally guaranteed.