Kuwait calls for abstaining from vetoing humanitarian issues

Kuwait currently chairs the Security Council Informal Working Group
Kuwait calls for abstaining from vetoing humanitarian issues
Kuwait calls for abstaining from vetoing humanitarian issues
By WAM
Fri 07 Jun 2019 01:49 PM

Kuwait has called for refraining from using veto in humanitarian issues such as allowing urgent humanitarian aid to civilians, medical evacuations and imposing a humanitarian truce, the state-run agency KUNA reported.

Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al Otaibi made the remarks Thursday night in an open debate on the working methods of the Security Council, which was organised by Kuwait in its current membership of the Security Council to improve the work making it more transparent.

Kuwait currently chairs the Security Council Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions, IWG.

IWG Member states held 15 formal and informal meetings in which issues relating to the working methods were discussed, including Member States' proposals.

Improving working methods is crucial to carrying out responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security and there have been many improvements over the past 25 years, in procedures, methods, especially after the end of the Cold War, Al Otaibi said.

Communication between the Council and non-member countries, other UN organs such as the General Assembly and the increase of official meetings are clear improvements, he explained.

Kuwait is among the signatories to the UN Security Council Code of Conduct, in which member states of the Security Council undertake not to object to draft resolutions that deal with crimes against humanity, genocide and war corruption.

The open debate, attended by 37 countries, follows Kuwait's first open debate on the subject, which Kuwait has chaired since joining the Security Council since January 2018.

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