China Cancels UN Security Council Meeting
Umer Jamshaid 9 days ago Thu 26th March 2020 | 03:48 PM
China has canceled a UN Security Council meeting scheduled for Thursday in coronavirus-stricken New York as it seeks to encourage "votes by writing" while the pandemic rages on, diplomatic sources said Wednesday
United Nations, United States, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Mar, 2020 ) :China has canceled a UN Security Council meeting scheduled for Thursday in coronavirus-stricken New York as it seeks to encourage "votes by writing" while the pandemic rages on, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.
The Security Council, currently chaired by China, has not met since March 12 due to the outbreak and is deeply divided over a proposed declaration on the crisis and holding "virtual" meetings to vote on resolutions.
Council votes are usually taken by a show of hands in the same room, allowing for last minute negotiations between members.
The votes would be postponed, according to a diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity.
New York state is the epicenter of America's pandemic, with more than 30,000 declared cases.
Many members have said that a "mixed process" -- using videos to present their positions and sending statements by email ahead of a vote -- was in the process of being finalised.
Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member, has so far refused to entertain the idea of virtual votes, and has demanded that the council meet physically if a vote is needed.
The council met for the first time in its history via video conference on Tuesday for informal talks on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.