UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Britain, France and Germany have floated the idea of creating a monitoring and verification mechanism for any future ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to prevent future conflicts, a senior British diplomat said on Friday.
The proposal was contained in an outline for a possible draft resolution prepared by the three European powers. U.N. Security Council diplomats said on condition of anonymity that the trio is discussing the proposal with several of the 15 council members, including the United States and Jordan, as well as non-council members Israel and Egypt.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia on Friday defended its decision to send a humanitarian aid convoy into Ukraine without official permission, saying there was sometimes “no chain of command” in Kiev and that Moscow was fed up playing games with the Ukrainian authorities.
Speaking to reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York, Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, also had sharp words about Lithuania, a temporary member of the U.N. Security Council, accusing it of systematically cutting down Russian U.N. initiatives with the aid of the United States and Britain.