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UN: Russia UN envoy: 'Security Council broke solidarity'00:59

UN: Russia UN envoy: 'Security Council broke solidarity'

United Nations, New York City
March 5, 2013 at 09:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: Russia UN envoy: 'Security Council broke solidarity'

At a press conference at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Russia's ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin briefed the press on the upcoming programme that Russia had planned, as it assumed the Security Council's rotating presidency.

When asked about the possibility that the Taliban may attend a debate Afghanistan Churkin said: "I don't know what gave you the idea that we might be inviting Taliban representatives. Of course not. It's an open debate, but open to members of the United Nations."

Churkin expressed regret that some members of the Security Council had failed to condemn the suicide attacks in the Syrian capital, Damascus, which killed over 50 people and caused substantial damage to the Russian Embassy building.

He added: "In the past, whenever something was happening to American embassies or British embassies, without thinking more than two seconds and without consulting our capitals, we were ready to issue statements condemning those attacks. Unfortunately our colleagues did not reciprocate the way we were hoping. We made no secret of the fact that it didn't leave a very good impression with us."

The Security Council is set to hold 15 open meetings this month, including debates on Afghanistan, Haiti and Kosovo.

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USA: Russia UN envoy: 'Security Council broke solidarity'

At a press conference at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Russia's ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin briefed the press on the upcoming programme that Russia had planned, as it assumed the Security Council's rotating presidency.

When asked about the possibility that the Taliban may attend a debate Afghanistan Churkin said: "I don't know what gave you the idea that we might be inviting Taliban representatives. Of course not. It's an open debate, but open to members of the United Nations."

Churkin expressed regret that some members of the Security Council had failed to condemn the suicide attacks in the Syrian capital, Damascus, which killed over 50 people and caused substantial damage to the Russian Embassy building.

He added: "In the past, whenever something was happening to American embassies or British embassies, without thinking more than two seconds and without consulting our capitals, we were ready to issue statements condemning those attacks. Unfortunately our colleagues did not reciprocate the way we were hoping. We made no secret of the fact that it didn't leave a very good impression with us."

The Security Council is set to hold 15 open meetings this month, including debates on Afghanistan, Haiti and Kosovo.