UN Security Council president says all meetings to be physical if health conditions allow

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Nicolas de Riviere, French UN ambassador and president of the Council for the month of July, attends a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York, on July 1, 2021. The UN Security Council meetings will be "completely" physical if health conditions allow, Nicolas de Riviere said on Thursday. (Xinhua/Xie E)

The UN Security Council meetings will be “completely” physical if health conditions allow, Nicolas de Riviere, French UN ambassador and president of the Council for the month of July, said on Thursday.

“This month in July, if health conditions allow, the meetings will be completely, all of them, in person,” de Riviere told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York. “There will be no longer any video conferences. So, the participants will be in-person participants, including ministers that are invited,” he said.

“The ambassador noted that doing so is “very important because the Security Council is also a dialogue between the 15 representatives.

And the aim is to find common ground to try to make progress to solve crises.” He expressed the hope that ambassadors will not just “make speeches one after the other, which is not always that useful.”

Speaking about the program of work for the month, de Riviere said that there are two main priorities for the month.”The first one relates to humanitarian issues, which for us, are really peace, international peace, and security issues.” he explained. According to the ambassador, there will be a ministerial meeting on the protection of humanitarian space on July 6.

On July 16, there will be a meeting discussing “good practices with regard to humanitarian assistance, the importance of preserving humanitarian space, protecting humanitarian and medical workers.” Another related issue of humanitarian subject will be “the negotiations that have begun on the renewal of cross-border access for Syria.” “That is something that we have to conclude in the first 10 days of the French presidency on the 10th of July,” he added.

On the second priority for the Council’s July work, he said that it will be the Middle East. The ambassador said the situation in the Middle East is “extremely fragile,” broadly speaking.”Whether we talk about Libya, Yemen, Syria or other areas during the month of July, we’ll be focusing particularly on that region,” he stressed.

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