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Security Council Tries for Resolution  07/01 06:31

   The U.N. Security Council is trying again to reach agreement on its first 
resolution on COVID-19 since the coronavirus started circling the global in 
February, after a lengthy dispute between the U.S. and China over mentioning 
the World Health Organization.

   UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is trying again to reach 
agreement on its first resolution on COVID-19 since the coronavirus started 
circling the global in February, after a lengthy dispute between the U.S. and 
China over mentioning the World Health Organization.

   A revised draft resolution by France and China was submitted for a vote 
Tuesday and the result is expected to be announced on Wednesday.

   The draft resolution backs Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' March 23 call 
for global cease-fires to tackle the pandemic, and demands an "immediate 
cessation of hostilities" in all conflicts on its agenda including Syria, 
Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and Congo.

   It calls on all warring parties "to engage immediately in a durable 
humanitarian pause for at least 90 consecutive days" to enable the safe and 
unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations.

   The draft resolution states that these measures do not apply to military 
operations against the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups and their 
affiliates.

   Guterres told a press conference last Thursday that his appeal for a global 
ceasefire has been endorsed by nearly 180 countries, more than 20 armed groups, 
religious leaders and millions of members of civil society.

   "The difficulty is to implement it," he said.

   ,The secretary-general said he and U.N. envoys are working together "to 
establish effective cease-fires and doing everything possible to overcome the 
legacy of long-lasting conflicts with deep mistrust among the parties and 
spoilers with a vested interest in disruption."

   Repeated attempts to adopt a Security Council resolution have been stymied 
over a reference to the World Health Organization.

   President Donald Trump suspended funding to WHO in early April, accusing the 
U.N. health agency of failing to stop the virus from spreading when it first 
surfaced in China. He said it "must be held accountable," and accused WHO of 
parroting Beijing.

   China strongly supports WHO and insisted that its role in calling for global 
action on COVID-19 be included in any resolution, diplomats said, while the 
U.S. insisted on a reference to "transparency" on COVID-19 and no mention of 
the WHO.

   The draft being put to a vote doesn't mention either the WHO, a U.N. health 
agency, or transparency.

   But it does take note of a resolution adopted April 2 by the 193-member U.N. 
General Assembly which "calls for intensified international cooperation to 
contain, mitigate and defeat the pandemic, including by exchanging information, 
scientific knowledge and best practices and by applying the relevant guidelines 
recommended by the World Health Organization."

   That resolution recognizes "the unprecedented effects" of the pandemic and 
calls for "intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and 
defeat" the new coronavirus.

   The General Assembly adopted another resolution on April 20 urging global 
action to rapidly scale up development, manufacturing and access to medicine, 
vaccines and medical equipment to confront the pandemic.

   While General Assembly resolutions reflect the opinion of governments around 
the world, they are not legally binding. By contrast, Security Council 
resolutions are legally binding.

   U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that a council resolution is 
very important.

   "The Security Council has primacy in the U.N. over issues of peace and 
security," he said. "A strong unified statement from that body supporting the 
secretary general's call for a global cease-fire, I think, would go a long way 
in, hopefully, making a call for a cease-fire a reality."

 
 
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