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Top UN Court To Consider Ukraine Allegation Against Russia On Treaty Violations

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has agreed to hear claims by Ukraine related to the conflict in the east of the country, where Government forces have been fighting mostly pro-Russian separatists, for more than five years.

In an application to the Court filed in January, Ukraine alleged that Russia had violated its obligations under two international treaties on terrorism financing and racial discrimination.


UN Chief Welcomes Prisoner Exchange Between Russian and Ukraine

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, Mr. Guterres commended “all those who brought this to fruition, including President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Vladimir Putin”.

“He hopes that this important humanitarian act could serve as a positive step towards strengthening confidence among all, enabling regular and constructive dialogue at all levels with a view to paving the way to an eventual settlement of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine”, the statement continued.

The Secretary-General also urged all relevant parties to “take further measures in this spirit, to ensure continued momentum in the ongoing peace efforts by the Normandy Four, the Trilateral Contact Group, the OSCE and other actors, including by ensuring a durable ceasefire, easing humanitarian conditions along the contact line, and enabling progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements”.

Russian Federation takes presidency of the Security Council for September

In September, the Security Council would focus on a range of issues, from the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the political climate in Lebanon to the broad settlement of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation said today at a Headquarters press conference. Continue reading

Security Council Fails to Adopt Resolution on Tribunal for Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine, Amid Calls for Accountability, Justice for Victims

Security Council meets on MH17 tribunalThe Security Council today failed to adopt a resolution that would have established an international tribunal for the purpose of prosecuting persons responsible for crimes connected with the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, following use of the veto by the Russian Federation, a permanent member. Continue reading

Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2118 on chemical weapons in Syria

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2118 (2013), endorsing the expeditious destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme, with inspections to begin by 1 October. The Council also agreed that in the event of non-compliance, it would impose “Chapter VII” measures. 27 September 2013 United Nations, New York Photo # 564722Deeply outraged by the use of chemical weapons on 21 August in a Damascus suburb, as concluded by a United Nations investigation team, the Security Council this evening endorsed the expeditious destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme, with inspections to begin by 1 October, and agreed that in the event of non-compliance, it would impose “Chapter VII” measures. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.8

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Lakhdar Brahimi (left), Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, in St. Petersburg, host city of the 2013 G-20 Summit. In meetings with world leaders on the margins of the Summit, the Secretary-General and the Joint Special Representative have been urging for renewed efforts to rapidly convene the Geneva conference for Syria as soon as possible. 06 September 2013 St. Petersburg, Russian Federation Photo # 560239In a renewed push for the search for a political settlement to the Syrian crisis, the Secretary-General, accompanied by Joint Special Representative (JSR) Lakhdar Brahimi, took part in the G-20 Summit in St Petersburg on 6 September. Addressing the meeting, the Secretary-General reiterated his call to the international community Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.4

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) at a working dinner with Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov (right). UN Photo/Evan SchneiderOn 8 August, the Secretary-General hosted a working dinner for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the conflict in Syria, including the escalating humanitarian crisis and the rise in sectarian violence. During the discussion, the Secretary-General further underscored the need to find a political solution to the crisis and to urgently renew momentum for the Continue reading