Russia Hopes OPCW Chief Participates In UNSC Meeting On Syria Chemical Attacks - Nebenzia
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Sat 31st October 2020 | 03:00 AM
UNITED NATIONS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 31st October, 2020) Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said he would welcome the participation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Fernando Arias in the next UN Security Council open meeting on the Syrian chemical dossier.
"We can only welcome such an initiative, and we expect that Mr. Arias will join us in the next council meeting on resolution 2118 [on the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons], which we will insist to hold open," Nebenzia, who presides with the UN Security Council during the month of October, said on Friday.
However, Belgium, France, Germany, Estonia, the United Kingdom and the United States blocked Bustani's participation and insisted that Arias should brief the UN Security Council when it re-convenes in November.
Bustani said the United States expressed dissatisfaction with his work after he had invited Iraq to join the OPCW given that the country's membership would prevent US plans to overthrow its former leader Saddam Hussein.