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UN Security Council fails to reach accord on Korea crisis

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2010 at 6:27 am

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 19, 2010 (AFP) – The UN Security Council failed Sunday to agree a statement on the Korean military crisis and Russia warned that the international community was now left without “a game plan” to counter escalating tensions.

China rejected demands by Western nations that North Korea be publicly condemned for its November 23 attack on Yeonpyeong island which killed four South Koreans, diplomats said.

South Korean marines patrol on the South Korea-controlled island of Yeonpyeong near the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea on December 20, 2010. AFP

About eight hours of formal talks by the 15 nation council and private discussions, which brought in the North and South Korean ambassadors, ended without accord.

“We were not successful in bridging” differences between the parties, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin told reporters.

He added that unofficial talks would continue, but Susan Rice, the US ambassador and Security Council president for December, said it was “safe to predict that the gaps that remain are unlikely to be bridged.”

She added that “the majority of council members made clear their view that it was important to condemn” the November 23 artillery attack and the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.

Rice called the incidents “unprovoked aggression” by North Korea on the South.

However China even rejected a version of Russia’s statement which did not mention North Korea or the Yeonpyeong name in a proposed paragraph on the November 23 attack, diplomats said.

Britain produced a rival draft statement which said the council “condemns the attack launched by the DPRK on the ROK on November 23.” The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the official name of the North and the Republic of Korea is the South.

Churkin said Russia demanded the meeting on Saturday because of its “grave concern” about tensions between North and South Korea, a region right on Russia’s doorstep.

The South has vowed to go ahead with a live firing drill near Yeonpyeong. The North has threatened to retaliate.

Russia had wanted a call of “maximum restraint” to be sent to the two Koreas and for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to send a special envoy to negotiate with the rival states.

Churkin said the idea of a UN envoy had received “strong support” in the talks.

“I hope that this idea can still be pursued because now we have a situation with very serious political tension and no game plan on the diplomatic side,” said Churkin.

Six nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons have come to a standstill “and there is no other diplomatic activity, so we believe that there must be an initiative and this initiative of the secretary general appointing an envoy might be something which will set a political process in track,” Churkin said.

The foreign ministers of Russia and China have called on South Korea not to stage its military drills and this was reaffirmed by Churkin.

“We know that it is better to refrain from doing this exercise at this time,” he said.

South Korea has US backing however and Rice countered that it had a legitimate right to stage the exercises.

Source: SGGP

PM okays Vietnam-US air transport accord

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm

The Vietnamese Prime Minister has approved an agreement on amendments to the Vietnam-US Bilateral Air Transport Agreement, which was signed on May 18, 2010.

The PM has also assigned the Ministry of Transport to be responsible for implementing the revised agreement.

Earlier, on May 18, 2010, Minister of Transport Ho Nghia Dung and US Ambassador to Vietnam Michael W. Michalak signed the amended agreement to extend its validity to 2003 and allow the two countries’ airlines to boost their operations, especially in cargo transport.

Source: SGGP

Climate accord clears hurdle in Copenhagen

In World on December 20, 2009 at 4:37 am

COPENHAGEN (AFP) – The UN climate conference agreed to “take note” Saturday of an accord between senior world leaders, a move that analysts said would allow the pact to take effect.

Picture of a globe part of the “Cool Globes” exhibition about combating global warming and climate change in the Kongens Nytorv area in the centre of Copenhagen (AFP file)

“The conference decides to take note of the Copenhagen Accord of December 18, 2009,” the chairman of the plenary session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) declared, swiftly banging down his gavel.

“My understanding is that it gives (the accord) enough legal status to become operational but without needing the parties’ approval,” said Alden Meyer from a US non-governmental organisation, the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“They found a way of giving official recognition to adopt the accord in such a way that those countries (who had been opposed to it) were persuaded not to object,” David Doniger, policy director of the Climate Center at the US Natural Resources Defense Council, told AFP.

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Russia, Venezuela sign nuclear energy accord

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Russia and Venezuela have signed an agreement to promote the development of nuclear energy for civilian use.

Under the terms of the agreement, signed on November 26 during a visit to Venezuela by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Russia will assist Venezuela in the construction of a nuclear energy plant, news reports said.

In addition to the nuclear energy agreement, joint gas and ship-building projects were also approved.

According to news agencies, military co-operation is also high on the agenda of President Medvedev’s talks with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The Russian leader’s visit took place at a time Russian and Venezuelan warships are scheduled to hold joint military exercises later this week.

After his visit to Venezuela, President Medvedev is scheduled to visit Cuba. –