Overall, the impact of UNSC resolution 2334 condemning Israel’s occupation is likely to be greater than it would have been if Tel Aviv had not reacted so petulantly.
A round-up of the most important stories from the South Asian region.
There is a general consensus that the resolution is only recommendatory since it was passed under Chapter VI of the UN charter, but studying the nature of the resolution proves otherwise.
Although the resolution demanded Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”, nothing will likely change on the ground.
South Africa, Burundi and The Gambia have all left the international court in recent days after accusing it of a bias against Africa. The African Union is also calling for more countries to exit the court.
Syrian and Russian military officials were not available to comment on the incident.
Guterres must know the world we live in today more globally and more intimately than many a former minister or executive.
Success is not assured by any principle for intervention. But the chances of success can be enhanced and controversies muted if interventions are based on an agreed framework.
Without naming China, Akbaruddin referred to its technical hold on India’s bid against JeM chief Masood Azhar, saying the council was a body that “ponders for six months on whether to sanction leaders of organisations it has itself designated as terrorist entities”.
In Perilous Interventions, Hardeep Singh Puri, an astute observer of the limits of the ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine, explores the failure of the UNSC on several accounts, especially in Libya.
The UN threatened an arms embargo in South Sudan if President Salva Kiir’s government did not cooperate.
The UNSC will hold secret ballots until a consensus is reached on a candidate to replace UN chief Ban Ki-moon of South Korea who steps down at the end of 2016 after serving two five-year terms.
The report to the UNSC also said a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia had violated humanitarian law by bombing a civilian home in Al-Mahala village.
Saudi Arabia threatened to cut UN funding when its military coalition was blacklisted for killing children in Yemen.
The ballistic missile, launched on Wednesday, landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters. It is the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.
The former Portuguese prime minister came out on top in a recent UNSC straw poll, despite there being some groundswell for the next UN chief to meet at least one of two criteria – being an east European or a woman.
Anti-terrorist action is not conducted exclusively by the armed forces but also by the police, who are also protected from vexatious litigation by regular law.
China may have denounced the verdict, but it cannot continue to bully its neighbours. The international community must now work to make it part of the solution.
The countries are far beyond poised for partnership as matters stand today. Perhaps a more apt title could have been Poised for Alliance, which would be eye-opening and more forward-looking.
Syria’s opposition has warned the government may open the door just enough to defuse international pressure before restricting access again.
The political dimension of the current deadlock on a convention on international terrorism in the UN General Assembly reflects the different attitudes of member states towards terrorism.
New Delhi is concerned about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, part of the new ‘Silk Road’, but it need not despair as India is an important part of the existing multi-polar Asia architecture.
Seoul rejected the proposal for military talks because it lacked a plan to end the Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
Security remains fragile in Darfur, where mainly non-Arab tribes have been fighting the Arab-led government in Khartoum, and the government is struggling to control rural areas.
North Korea has appointed as foreign minister its negotiator at failed international talks aimed at getting it to disarm.
A UN panel of independent experts confidentially reported that 18 Burundian combatants in eastern Congo said they had been recruited in a refugee camp in Rwanda and trained by Rwandan military personnel.
The US military’s Strategic Command said it tracked two attempted launches, neither of which posed a threat to North America.
The Bahamian foreign minister said the country is not going to shield people who are trying to hide their money from legitimate tax.
The eastern government has set up its own National Oil Corporation (NOC) to act in parallel to the Tripoli-based NOC, recognised internationally as the only legitimate seller of Libyan oil.
The security council called on all Yemeni parties to “develop a roadmap for the implementation of interim security measures”.
Because George W. Bush could not claim even an imagined victory in the war on terror without Pakistan’s grudging complaisance, it became clear, after Mumbai, that it had a unique immunity in the 1267 committee.
New Delhi: India on Thursday announced a concessional credit of $10 billion to Africa in the next five years – a doubling of its existing commitment – and grant assistance of $600 million as Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the continent’s leaders to speak in “one voice” with it in pushing for […]
New York: India, Japan, Germany and Brazil today declared themselves “legitimate” candidates for permanent membership of the UNSC as they pushed for its reform in a “fixed timeframe”, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the task should be accomplished immediately. Hosting a summit of leaders of Germany, Japan and […]
The G-4 summit on September 26 will be the first since 2004 and will bring together German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.