Results of Russia’s UN Security Council presidency

On September 30, the Russian Federation completed its presidency of the UN Security Council, which proceeded amid the deteriorating situation in the Middle East and North Africa as a result of a surge in terrorist and extremist activity. In this regard, the main event of the month – the open session of the UN Security Council on September 30, chaired by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov – was devoted to countering the terrorist threat in the context of conflict resolution efforts in the region. Over 70 delegations, many on a ministerial level, attended the discussion.

The majority of member-state representatives endorsed Russia's initiative to pool the efforts of the international community in the fight against terrorism based on the UN Charter and international law. Several UN Security Council meetings were devoted to the situation in Yemen. On September 4, the Security Council issued a statement resolutely condemning terrorist attacks in Sana’a, as well as the killing of two ICRC employees. The UN Security Council resolution extending the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya reaffirms that the situation in the country, which is characterised by a split between two opposing camps and the expansion of ISIS-controlled territories, calls for more decisive efforts by the international community in search of political and diplomatic solutions to the crisis. The UN Security Council also condemned the situation regarding the Palestinian-Israeli dossier following the deterioration of the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem. The UN Security Council issued a coordinated statement to the media, urging all parties to exercise restraint. The analysis of the humanitarian situation in Syria highlighted the need to step up the international community’s efforts in providing humanitarian assistance to Syrians. The discussion of the situation in Golan Heights was punctuated by general concern about the continuing deterioration in the UN Disengagement Observer Force’s area of responsibility. Special attention was devoted to ensuring peacekeepers’ safety and ensuring their return to full presence in their area of responsibility. The UN Security Council gave special consideration to the migration crisis in Europe. Upon EU countries’ initiative, work resumed on a draft Security Council resolution providing for measures to neutralise illegal migration channels in the high seas off Libyan shores. Such steps should be taken in keeping with international law. The UN Security Council extended by another year the mandate of the UN mission in Liberia on the understanding that it is an essential move towards reducing its numerical size and ending its activity. The UN Security Council also reviewed the sanctions regime against Liberia. Relations between Sudan and South Sudan and the situation in Abyei were also discussed. The UN Security Council held an expanded meeting on the situation in Afghanistan, which was marked by a surge in terrorist activity and steadily high civilian casualty statistics as a result of hostilities. During the discussion, Russia drew attention to the disturbing trends of rising drug production and drug trafficking from Afghanistan. The activity of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia was reviewed. During its presidency of the UN Security Council, Russia proceeded from the need to reaffirm its effectiveness as a viable tool of conflict resolution and the coordination and consolidation of the international community’s efforts in meeting global challenges. (Original text Russian Embassy UK)


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