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Adam West / June 16,2020

US congrats India on UNSC election says looking ahead to working with it on global peace, security


The US has extended a warm welcome to India on its election to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member and said that it looks forward to working with New Delhi in the powerful organ of the United Nations on the issues of international peace and security.
The remarks of America, which is one of the five permanent members of the UNSC, came hours after India’s overwhelming election as a non-permanent member for a two-year term, beginning January 1, 2021.
We extend a warm welcome to India and congratulations on India’s successful election to UN Security Council, said the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Department.
We look forward to working together on issues of international peace and security a natural extension of the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, it said in a tweet.
In an unprecedented election where envoys from the 192 member states voted wearing masks and in adherence to the strict social distancing norms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India, the endorsed candidate from the Asia-Pacific States, won 184 votes out of the 192 ballots cast in the elections for the five non-permanent seats of the Security Council, the world organization’s most powerful organ.
In 2021, India, Norway, Ireland and Mexico will sit in the most powerful UN organ along with five permanent members — China, France, Russia, the UK and the US as well as non-permanent members Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam.
The two-year terms of Belgium, Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia and South Africa are ending this year.
This is the eighth time that India will sit at the UN high-table.

Adam West / June 02,2020

UN creates political mission in Sudan to support transition


United Nations (United States) (AFP) – The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted two resolutions to create a mission in Sudan to support the country’s political transition and extend the mandate of peacekeepers in Darfur, diplomats said.
The resolution on the new United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) was drafted by Britain and Germany.
The mission was established “for an initial period of 12 months,” according to the text of the resolution, seen by AFP.
The resolution asks Secretary General Antonio Guterres to quickly name an envoy to head up the new mission.
After the fall of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, and several months of pro-democracy protests that were brutally suppressed, Sudan embarked on a political transition.
In August last year, a civilian-military transition authority was created to lead the transition for a period of three years.
Britain and Germany also drafted the resolution on renewing the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) through December 31.
The text, seen by AFP, also calls for the force’s current strength of roughly 8,000 Blue Helmets to be maintained.
– Civilians ‘on attack frontlines’ –
In a joint report in March, the UN and the African Union however had recommended that the UNAMID be replaced by a political mission in late October, and called for the peacekeepers to be gradually withdrawn by that time.
China, Russia and several African countries had supported that plan, but European nations and non-governmental organizations feared that civilians would be left unprotected should tensions spike.

Adam West / May 31,2020

In Afghanistan War Breaks Families One by One  


Few Afghans have been safe from the ongoing fighting across the country. The violence has been brutal and often close to home. The war has destroyed hospitals, schools, mosques, wedding halls, and other public places. Yet the cycle of violence continues.
The dream of peace is distant as ever in a country where violence is a means to win the war through gaining leverage over negotiations. With the derailed peace talks villages are once again under siege, improvised explosives devices continue taking lives and widespread combat breaks apart mothers who wait for their sons to come home from the frontline. The Afghan people are trapped inside the fire.
Militants Stage Gruesome Hospital Massacre
One tragic episode of violence that impacted a young mother is indicative of the horrible effects of this war on families. Ms. Zamira Hussaini, a 32-year old, gave birth to her sixth child on May 5 in a Doctors without Borders hospital in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of Kabul. The family named the newborn Hadia — which means Gift in English. Hadia was born into the carnage of a ruthless war.
The doctors told Hussaini that Hadia had breathing trouble and Hadia was kept in the ward. Hussaini stayed with Hadia and visited her home once to take shower four days after giving birth. She then went back to her Hadia who was due to be discharged on May 12.
“There is a suicide bombing and I want to come home,” Hussaini told her eldest daughter over the phone on that morning of May 12. “Whatever happens to me, please do not cry.”
Hussaini’s wheelchair-bound husband Sayed Qurban Hussaini called back two minutes later, but she did not pick the phone. Hussaini went in his wheelchair to go look for her.

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