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UK calls on China and Russia to agree Afghanistan strategy
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss arrives at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinLONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Britain will on Wednesday call for China and Russia to agree a coordinated international approach to prevent Afghanistan becoming a haven for militants, according to a statement by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss at the United Nations. Foreign ministers from Britain, China, Russia, the United States and France will meet with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres during the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Britain, which is currently co-ordinating the so-called P5 group of permanent United Nations Security Council members, will use the meeting to call for greater cooperation to improve international security, with a particular focus on Afghanistan. Last week at a meeting of a China- and Russia-led security bloc Chinese President Xi Jinping said "relevant parties" in Afghanistan should eradicate terrorism and that China would provide more help to the country within its capacity.
Persons: Elizabeth Truss, Evelyn Hockstein LONDON, Liz Truss, General Antonio Guterres, Truss, Osama bin Laden, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, William James, Grant McCool Organizations: British, White, REUTERS, United Nations, U.N, General Assembly, United Nations Security Council, NATO, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Britain, China, Russia, Afghanistan, United States, France, New York, British
Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador Ghulam Isaczai addresses the United Nations Security Council regarding the situation in Afghanistan at the United Nations in New York City, New York, U.S., August 16, 2021. Ambassador Ghulam Isaczai signed a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with a list of Afghanistan's delegation for the General Assembly, Guterres' spokesperson Farhan Haq said. Isaczai sent his accreditation request on Wednesday, Haq said, a day after the new General Assembly session started. The committee and General Assembly usually operate by consensus on credentials, diplomats said. Until a decision is made Isaczai will remain in the seat, according to the General Assembly rules.
Persons: Afghanistan's U.N, Ghulam Isaczai, Andrew Kelly, Afghanistan's, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Farhan Haq, Isaczai, Haq, Michelle Nichols, Angus MacSwan Organizations: United Nations Security Council, United Nations, REUTERS, UNITED, General, Assembly, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, New York City , New York, U.S, New York, Bahamas, Bhutan, Chile, China, Namibia, Russia, Sierra Leone, Sweden, United States
SEOUL — North Korea said on Monday it​ had successfully launched newly developed long-range cruise missiles, its first missile test in six months and a new indication that an arms race between North and South Korea was heating up on the Korean Peninsula. A series of resolutions from the United Nations Security Council banned North Korea from developing or testing ballistic missiles, but not cruise missiles. A cruise missile test by the North usually does not raise as much alarm as its ballistic missile tests. The latest tests showed that North Korea continued to improve its arsenal of missiles while nuclear disarmament talks with the United States remained stalled. North Korea said on Monday that the long-range cruise missile was “a strategic weapon of great significance” and part of an arms development goal announced by Mr. Kim during the party congress in January.
Persons: , Kim Jong, Kim Organizations: North Korean, Korean Central News Agency, United Nations Security, North Locations: SEOUL, North Korea, South Korea, , Korea, United States
Two decades after EU leaders first agreed to set up a 50,000-60,000-strong force but failed to make it operational, EU states are once again aiming to create a 5,000-strong "first entry force". BATTLEGROUP 'ROULETTE'The sense of paralysis over Afghanistan in EU capitals was particularly strong because the 6,000-strong U.S. military force used to secure Kabul airport was roughly the same size as the EU battlegroups that the bloc has had since 2007 but not used. The EU's rotating battlegroups need the approval of all 27 EU states and generally require an authorising resolution from the United Nations Security Council. A senior EU official declined to comment on the status of the battlegroups or who was the current lead country. SHIFTING FOCUSDonald Trump's "America First" foreign policy as U.S. president, as well as Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, already accelerated work in Brussels to build a common EU defence policy.
Persons: Yves Herman, Charles Michel, Armin Laschet, Angela Merkel, Niklas Novaky, Wilfred Martens, Novaky, Trump's, Jens Stoltenberg, Carlo, Sabine Siebold, Robin Emmott, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Belgian, Special Forces, Black Blade, Union, European Defence Agency, REUTERS, EU, U.S, European Union, Britain, Bled Strategic, NATO, United Nations Security Council, Bundeswehr, Thomson Locations: Florennes, Belgium, LJUBLJANA, Afghanistan, Slovenian, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Kabul, U.S, France, Germany, Bled, Slovenia, United States, Europe, Chad, Libya, EU, Crimea, Ukraine, Russia, Munich
Mr. Biden and other global leaders have acknowledged that many will not get out before the deadline. That includes those who worked for the American military or the U.S. Embassy since 2001 and were eligible to immigrate to the United States. “We are very actively working to help them get to the airport, get on a plane and get out of Afghanistan,” Mr. Blinken said. When he was asked about the assurances from the Taliban, Mr. Blinken said that the U.S. government was not under any illusions. ‘Heartbreaking and terrifying.’ Two nonprofit groups are making a last-minute attempt to help Afghan women escape.
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Tourists walk past the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 24, 2008. REUTERS/Mike SegarUNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned a deadly attack at Kabul's airport in Afghanistan as "especially abhorrent" for targeting civilians trying to flee the country after the Taliban came to power and people helping with the evacuation. The Kabul airport attack on Thursday, which killed 13 U.S. troops and at least 79 Afghans, was claimed by Islamic State militants. Tens of thousands of people have been fleeing Afghanistan since the Taliban came to power as foreign forces withdraw. The U.N. Security Council "called on all relevant parties to respect and facilitate the safe evacuation of civilians."
Persons: Mike Segar, Osama bin Laden, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Michelle Nichols, Chizu Nomiyama, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: United Nations Headquarters, General Assembly, Mike Segar UNITED, United Nations Security, Islamic, ISIS, . Security, Thomson Locations: New York, Kabul's, Afghanistan, China, U.S, Qaeda, United States, Kabul, Afghan, Britain, France, Russia
A Way Out of Biden’s Afghan Trap
  + stars: | 2021-08-25 | by ( Paula J. Dobriansky | Paul Saunders | )   time to read: +2 min
President Biden seems to have set a trap for himself—and for Americans, allied personnel and Afghans seeking to leave Afghanistan. Those civilians were stranded after Mr. Biden withdrew U.S. troops only to be surprised by the Taliban’s quick takeover. Mr. Biden promised to evacuate them by Aug. 31, and the Taliban said they’d hold him to that deadline. The administration should immediately propose a United Nations Security Council resolution calling on the Taliban to guarantee safe and unimpeded access to the airport. The U.S. needs to be unwavering in setting up a safe zone and should use maximum force if the Taliban interfere.
Persons: Biden, , they’d Organizations: U.S, United Nations Security, . Locations: Afghanistan, Beijing, Moscow, Washington, Syria, Libya, Kabul’s, U.S, Kabul, Panjshir
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) arrives for the United Nations Security Council meets regarding the situation in Afghanistan at the United Nations in New York City, New York, U.S., August 16, 2021. The United Nations has relocated about a third of the 300 foreign staff it had in Afghanistan to Kazakhstan. 'WE ARE IN DANGER'An Afghan woman, who has worked for the United Nations for several years, told Reuters she felt abandoned. Some of her neighbors knew she worked at the United Nations, and she worried they might inform on her. She has a visa for a neighboring country, but is frustrated that the United Nations has not helped her evacuate.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Andrew Kelly, Broad, Stephane Dujarric, Guterres, Rupam Jain, Michelle Nichols, Mike Collett Organizations: United Nations, United Nations Security Council, REUTERS, UN, Taliban, Afghan United Nations, Reuters, U.S, White, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, New York City , New York, U.S, Kabul, Kazakhstan, Afghan, U.N
Pakistan’s Afghanistan policy is driven largely by the strategic goals of ensuring a friendly government in Kabul and undercutting India’s increasing influence in Afghanistan. It is in Beijing’s own interest — not least for the success of Belt-and-Road — to ensure that Pakistan and Afghanistan are on good terms. It is no secret that China already enjoys strong influence in Pakistan. Finally, even though the United States is leaving, there is an opportunity for Beijing and Washington to work together for a stable Afghanistan. China and the United States, despite their differences, have enjoyed some cooperation in Afghanistan already — for example, jointly training diplomats and technicians.
Persons: China —, , Wang Yi, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Mr, Wang, Baradar, Hamid Karzai, don’t Organizations: United Nations Security, East Turkestan Islamic Locations: Beijing, China, Afghanistan, East Turkestan, Al Qaeda, Pakistan, Kabul, United States, Washington, Afghan
Where’s Biden’s Plan to Stop Terrorism?
  + stars: | 2021-08-19 | by ( Seth G. Jones | )   time to read: +2 min
The Taliban and al Qaeda enjoy longstanding personal relationships, intermarriage, a shared history of struggle and sympathetic ideologies. It is shocking, then, that U.S. officials have brushed off the implications of a Taliban victory, even as intelligence analysts said that a Taliban victory would likely be a boon for jihadists. The Taliban has well-established ties with other regional and international terrorist groups, such as the Pakistan-based Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba. The Taliban victory presents a remarkable opportunity for these groups to reorganize and threaten the U.S. at home and abroad. The Soviet defeat in Afghanistan in the late 1980s spawned al Qaeda.
Persons: Biden, al, , Al Qaeda, Mohammed Organizations: Islamic, United Nations Security Council, Taliban Locations: Afghanistan, American, al Qaeda, Islamic State, Qaeda, Bagram, Kabul, Kandahar, al, Pakistan, Taliban Pakistan, U.S, Soviet
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield addresses the United Nations Security Council regarding the situation in Afghanistan at the United Nations in New York City, New York, U.S., August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew KellyUNITED NATIONS, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The United States is urging world leaders to send videos instead of traveling to New York next month for an annual high-level gathering at the United Nations, saying it would help prevent it "from being a super-spreader event" amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States is also calling for all U.N.-hosted meetings and any side events to be fully virtual. "Parallel meetings and high-level events drawing travelers to New York needlessly increases risk to our community, New Yorkers, and other travelers," Thomas-Greenfield said. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday that the United Nations was discussing this year's event with the United States and that "things will become a little clearer as the days and weeks proceed."
Persons: Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Andrew Kelly UNITED, General Assembly's, Antonio Guterres, Thomas, U.N, Stephane Dujarric, Michelle Nichols, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: United Nations Security Council, United Nations, REUTERS, Andrew Kelly UNITED NATIONS, General Assembly, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, New York City , New York, U.S, United States, New York, COVID, New Yorkers
Live Afghanistan Live Updates: Fear Spreads in Kabul as Taliban Take Charge The morning after the Afghan president fled and the Taliban installed themselves in the presidential palace, uncertainty reigned. A crowd of Afghans at the Kabul airport on Monday in a desperate effort to flee the country. Taliban fighters taking control of the Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, in Kabul on Sunday. The agreement for greater Kabul city is that under an interim administration, God willing, power will be transferred.” Residents seemed unconvinced. “Our forces are entering Kabul city with all caution,” they said in a statement.
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World leaders react as the Taliban take Kabul
  + stars: | 2021-08-16 | by ( Silvia Amaro | )   time to read: +4 min
Wakil Kohsar | AFP | Getty ImagesLONDON — World leaders have expressed their dismay and concern at the chaotic scenes coming from Kabul, Afghanistan, with the Taliban now effectively taking control of the country. A spokesperson for the Taliban, Suhail Shaheen, told the BBC Sunday that the militants want a "peaceful" transition. China and RussiaChina has decided to keep its embassy in Kabul open, although it is advising its citizens to stay indoors. Russia is taking a similar approach, having decided to keep its embassy in Kabul open. Russian ambassador Dmitrij Zhirnov is due to meet with the Taliban in Kabul on Tuesday, according to the Russian foreign ministry.
Persons: Wakil Kohsar, , Boris Johnson, Ben Wallace, Luigi di Maio, Maio, Heiko, Trade Leo Varadkar, Antonio Guterres, Jens, Stoltenberg, Joe Biden, Suhail Shaheen, Hua Chunying, Dmitrij Zhirnov Organizations: AFP, Getty, Sunday, British, Sky News, Foreign, della, NBC, United Nations Security, Trade, UN Security Council, United Nations, NATO, Twitter, BBC Sunday, NBC News, Reuters Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, China, Russia China, Beijing, Russia, Russian
UK's Johnson plans virtual G7 leaders meeting on Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-08-16 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures before boarding the vessel Alba in Fraserburgh Harbour, which will transport him to the Moray Offshore Windfarm East during his visit to Scotland, Britain August 5, 2021. Jane Barlow/Pool via REUTERS/FilesLONDON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to host a virtual meeting of G7 leaders to discuss the situation in Afghanistan in the coming days, he told French President Emmanuel Macron during a telephone call on Monday. Johnson's office said the two leaders also agreed that Britain and France should work together at the United Nations Security Council, including on a possible joint-resolution. Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by William JamesOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jane Barlow, Emmanuel Macron, Kate Holton, William James Our Organizations: Britain's, Moray Offshore, British, United Nations Security Council, Thomson Locations: Alba, Fraserburgh Harbour, Moray, Scotland, Britain, Afghanistan, France
Afghan security personnel take a position during fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Herat province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 3, 2021.Who are the Taliban? Taliban fighters take control of the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 15, 2021. The report warned that an emboldened Taliban posed a severe and expanding threat to the government of Afghanistan. "Afghan forces, for a long period of time, have had problems with morale and also their willingness to fight the Taliban," he said. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the "lack of resistance that the Taliban faced from Afghan forces has been extremely disconcerting."
Persons: Antony Blinken, al, Osama bin Laden, Mawlawi Haibatullah, Thomas Ruttig, Ghani, Donald Trump, Trump, Sohail Shaheen, Shaheen, Blinken, Antonio Guterres, Amin Saikal, Saikal, Carter Malkasian, Biden, Michael McCaul, Mitch McConnell, Lloyd Austin Organizations: CNN, Sunday, Afghanistan's, World Trade, Pentagon, Afghanistan Analysts ' Network, Trump, Government, Vietnam, United Nations, United Nations Security, US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Texas Rep, Republican, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Defense Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Herat province, Soviet, Washington, Pennsylvania, al Qaeda, Qaeda, Saigon, Vietnam
Afghanistan News: 20-Year U.S. War Ending as It Began, With Taliban Ruling Afghanistan As the Afghan president fled the country and the government crumbled, the U.S. military raced to evacuate diplomats and civilians from an increasingly panicked city. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 1:24 - 0:00 transcript Taliban Occupy Afghan Presidential Palace The Afghan government collapsed after the Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday. Bagram Air Base was taken by Taliban forces midday Sunday as was the provincial town of Khost in eastern Afghanistan, according to Afghan media reports. The agreement for greater Kabul city is that under an interim administration, God Willing, power will be transferred.” But residents seemed unconvinced by their leaders’ assurances. “This is the Day of Judgment.” The breakout seems to have been by the prisoners from the inside, rather than an attack by Taliban forces from the outside.
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But Pakistan has leverage that it is not bringing to bear, government officials in other countries say. It still allows Taliban leaders free movement into and out of the country and continues to serve as a safe haven where fighters and their families can receive medical care, they say. Some critics, particularly in Afghanistan, accuse Pakistan of actively supporting the Taliban’s offensive, saying that the insurgents could not have mounted such a large effort without assistance. Officials in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, have played down the idea that they can influence the Taliban. Its archrival, India, which is currently presiding over the United Nations Security Council and also seeks influence in Afghanistan, says that logistical, technical and financial support for the Taliban continue to emanate from Pakistan.
Persons: SanctionPakistan, Antony J, Blinken, , Zalmay Khalizad, Ashraf Ghani, jihadis, Khan Organizations: Officials, U.S, archrival, United Nations Security Council Locations: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Islamabad, U.S, India, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Iran denies role in tanker attack, says seeks Gulf security
  + stars: | 2021-08-07 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Mercer Street, an Israeli-managed oil tanker that was attacked is seen off Fujairah Port in United Arab Emirates, August 3, 2021. REUTERS/Rula Rouhana/File PhotoDUBAI, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Iran on Saturday rejected as psychological warfare accusations that it was behind a deadly attack on a tanker off Oman's coast, and said Tehran sought to enhance the security of the strategic Gulf waterway. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy economies said on Friday Iran was threatening international peace and security and that all available evidence showed it was behind the attack on the Mercer Street tanker last week. Britain raised the issue at a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council. Ambassador Zahra Ershadi rejected the accusations and warned against any retaliation: "Iran will not hesitate to defend itself and secure its national interests."
Persons: Rula, Abolfazl Shekarchi, Saeed Khatibzadeh, Khatibzadeh, Shekarchi, Ronald Reagan, IRNA, Zahra Ershadi, Kirsten Donovan Organizations: Port, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Mercer Street, Zodiac Maritime, Iranian Foreign Ministry, Zionist, Mercer, United Nations Security Council, Dubai, Thomson Locations: Israeli, United Arab, DUBAI, Iran, Tehran, Liberian, Romanian, United States, Britain, Israel, Persian, U.S
Israel said it did not wish to escalate to a full war, though it was ready for one. "Our understanding is that Hezbollah deliberately aimed at open areas in order not to escalate the situation," Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Amnon Shefler told reporters. The salvoes began on Wednesday with a rocket strike on Israel from Lebanon for which no group claimed responsibility. That attack, on which Hezbollah has not commented, drew retaliatory Israeli artillery and air strikes. The Israeli military said its Iron Dome system intercepted 10 of 19 rockets on Friday, with six falling in open areas and three landing inside south Lebanon.
Persons: Aziz Taher, Amnon Shefler, Naftali Bennett's, Israel, Rami Ayyub, Tom Perry, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: REUTERS, Briton, Islamic, Hezbollah, United Nations Interim Force, Security, Palestinian, Mercer, Liberian, Zodiac Maritime, United Nations Security Council, Thomson Locations: Wazzani, Lebanese, Lebanon, salvoes, Gulf Israel, TEL AVIV, BEIRUT, Israel, Iran, Israeli, Romanian, Tehran, Islamic Republic, Gaza, Oman, United States, Britain, Tel Aviv, Beirut
A satellite image shows the damaged Mercer Street Tanker moored off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, August 4, 2021. Satellite image copyright 2021 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERSLONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy economies said Iran was threatening international peace and security and that all available evidence showed it was behind an attack on the Mercer Street tanker last week. There is no justification for this attack," said the statement, issued by current G7 chair, Britain. Despite Tehran's denials, Britain, the United States and others have criticised Iran for the attack. "Iran's behaviour, alongside its support to proxy forces and non-state armed actors, threatens international peace and security," the G7 statement said.
Persons: Ronald Reagan, Barbara Woodward, Zahra Ershadi, William James, Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, Paul Sandle, Dan Grebler, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Tanker, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS LONDON, Mercer Street, Zodiac Maritime, U.S, Mercer, U.S . Fifth Fleet, Command, UN, United Nations Security, Thomson Locations: Fujairah, United Arab, Iran, Britain, Liberian, Tehran, Romanian, U.S, Iranian, Manama, Bahrain, United States, London, Washington
Haiti's president was assassinated next to his wife. Martine Moïse, who was shot, said she asked the maid for one of her husband's ties to use as a tourniquet. She told CNN that it was the maid, rather than security staff, that found her in their bedroom after the attack. She said she asked her maid to bring her one of her husband's ties so she could use it as a tourniquet. She previously told The Times that she survived the attack because the attackers thought she was dead.
Persons: Martine Moïse, Haiti's, Jovenel Moïse, wouldn't, Moïse Organizations: Service, CNN, New York Times, United Nations Security, Times Locations: Haiti, Haitian
His wife said the killers made a phone call and said he was "tall, skinny and Black" before shooting him. His wife, Martine Moïse, told CNN that the attackers came into their bedroom and appeared to find something they were looking for. They said he was tall, skinny and Black, and maybe the person on the phone confirmed to the shooter that was him. Martine Moïse said she believes someone must have ordered and funded the attack, and that person needs to be found. She told The New York Times that she survived the attack because the attackers thought she was dead.
Persons: Haiti's, Jovenel Moïse, Martine Moïse Organizations: Service, CNN, United Nations Security, New York Times Locations: Haiti, Haitian
Johan Victor/Handout via REUTERSNEW YORK, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Britain, Romania and Liberia told the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that it was "highly likely" that Iran used one or more drones to carry out a deadly tanker attack last week off the coast of Oman. Tehran has denied any involvement in Thursday's attack on the Mercer Street - a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned petroleum product tanker managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime. read moreDiplomats said Britain was expected to raise the issue in a closed-door meeting of the Security Council in the coming days. The council is also coincidentally due to discuss maritime security in a public meeting on Monday, chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The United States and Britain said on Sunday they would work with their allies to respond to the attack.
Persons: Johan Victor, Handout, Narendra Modi, Michelle Nichols, Leslie Adler, Dan Grebler Organizations: Liberian, Zodiac, REUTERS NEW YORK, United Nations Security, Reuters, Mercer, Zodiac Maritime, Briton, Security Council, Indian, Thomson Locations: Mercer, Oman, Cape Town , South Africa, Britain, Romania, Liberia, Iran, Tehran, Romanian, India, United Kingdom, United States
Former Haitian first lady Martine Moïse said she's considering running for president. This came less than a month after her husband, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated at their home. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyFormer Haitian first lady Martine Moïse says she is now seriously considering running for president after her husband, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated at their home, leaving her wounded in the attack earlier this month. "President Jovenel had a vision," Moïse told The New York Times in a report published Friday, adding, "and we Haitians are not going to let that die." A band of armed gunmen stormed into the couple's private residence in Haiti on July 7 and assassinated the president, critically wounding his wife.
Persons: Martine Moïse, Jovenel Moïse, Jovenel, Moïse, They've, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, Ariel Henry, Claude Joseph, Joe Biden's, Biden, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Henry Organizations: Service, New York Times, Times, United Nations Security Council, Interim, UN Locations: Haitian, Haiti, Florida
The 15-member Security Council imposed the arms embargo on CAR in December 2013 when mainly Muslim Selaka rebels ousted then president Francois Bozize, prompting reprisals from mostly Christian militias. "There appears to be a growing disconnect between the Security Council sanctions and the evolving situation on the ground," China's deputy U.N. In reality, however, the arms embargo has increasingly become an obstacle that hampers the CAR government's efforts to strengthen security capabilities," he said. The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favor of extending the arms embargo. The CAR government is able to import weapons with the approval of the U.N. Security Council's CAR sanctions committee.
Persons: Mike Segar, Selaka, Francois Bozize, Geng Shuang, Dmitry Polyanskiy, Michelle Nichols, Alexandra Hudson Organizations: Nations, United Nations, General Assembly, REUTERS, United Nations Security, African Republic, Security, CAR, France, Reuters, Alexandra Hudson Our, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, African, China, Moscow, Russian, Russia
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