Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin gives an interview to the the Amanpour Show on CNN on the situation in Syria.
The Russian Federation voted in favour of resolution 2124 (2013), which was prepared by the delegation of the United Kingdom. We did so insupport of the efforts of the African Union to promote a settlement in Somalia on the basis of the key role that the African Union Mission in Somalia plays in resolving the situation in that country. However, we cannot fail to point out that some of our concerns were not appropriately borne in mind by the drafters of the resolution during the work on the text.
We believe that today’s Security Council meeting on the subject of the Council’s working methods is very significant. This is now the sixth year in a row that the Council has discussed the issue in an open format with the participation of the wider membership of the United Nations, and it is testament to our continued attention to Member States’ proposals on how to improve the procedural aspects of our work — in the understanding that those very working methods and decisions on how they might be modified belong to the Council itself, that the issues relating to them are by nature highly sensitive in the context of Council reform, and that no populist attitudes should be tolerated in their discussion.
Mr. Minister, we are pleased to welcome you here to preside over the Council and pay tribute to your personal contribution to improving the working methods of the Council.
We thank the delegation of Azerbaijan for convening today’s important meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). We listened attentively to the statement made by the OIC Secretary-General, Mr. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, which highlighted the OIC’s work on many of issues that are also on the United Natons agenda and that, no less important, it is doing so in a similar direction.
First of all, we would like to confirm our support for the resumption of the negotiations between Israel and Palestine on 29 July. We trust that they will be substantive and continuous and outline a clear path towards a two-State solution, a cessation of the conflict and the establishment of lasting peace based on international legal documents known to all of us, including Security Council resolutions.
Amb. Vitaly I. Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, talked to Russia Today TV channel about topical issues of the international agenda.