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Topic - Vitaly I. Churkin
From the briefing, it appears the Obama administration is backing away from an outline "framework" arms agreement reached in Geneva with the Russians that states any Syrian violations of chemical arms dismantlement would be met with a "Chapter 7" response under the U.N. Charter. That section authorizes the use of military force under the U.N. Security Council.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday extending the 300-strong U.N. observer force in Syria for a final 30 days but leaving open the possibility of an extension if the Syrian government stops using heavy weapons and the civil war's level of violence is reduced.
Russia and China again vetoed a Western-backed U.N. resolution Thursday aimed at pressuring President Bashar Assad's government to end the escalating 16-month conflict in Syria.
Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that sought to stop the Syrian regime's brutal crackdown on an 11-month uprising as activists reported that Syrian security forces had “massacred” more than 250 people using mortar shells, tanks and snipers in the western city of Homs.
Syria's president threatened a regional war if the West intervenes in his country's uprising.
Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is waging a campaign of intimidation against journalists and suspected opponents of his regime, according to Libyans and human rights groups.
The U.N. Security Council met in emergency session Sunday amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula and a North Korean warning of a "catastrophe" if South Korea goes ahead with a live-fire drill.
But Churkin said he was encouraged by Ban's search for a replacement.