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US idea of anti-terrorist summit hamstrings UN efforts — Russian envoy

September 29, 2015, 21:30 UTC+3
The United States keeps trying to bypass national governments in attempts to arrange for something, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin says
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Vitaly Churkin

Vitaly Churkin


UNITED NATIONS, September 29. /TASS/. The United States’ idea of an anti-terrorist summit may hamstring the United Nations’ efforts, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin has said.

"Everything must be in order and stay within the UN framework. It would be wrong to start a tug-of-war in attempts to take over UN functions," Churkin said. "Also, there are some fundamental things. The United States keeps trying to bypass national governments in attempts to arrange for something."

"We believe this is fundamentally wrong. This sort of initiative greatly harms UN efforts along these lines," he added. "The more so, since the UN has its own channels, such as counter-terrorist strategy and so on and so forth. In a word, everything could have been done within the UN framework. But the Americans would not have been Americans, had they acted otherwise. It is most important for them to demonstrate some kind of leadership, at least on paper, and not the effectiveness of this work. This causes regret."

"Kosovo’s representatives are taking seats in the hall alongside other UN members, which is utterly wrong. Making such things inside the UN building is tantamount to disrespect towards the United Nations and crude disrespect towards the UN Secretary-General," Churkin said. "The US just frames Ban Ki-moon, because thereby it undermines the prestige of such an important person as the UN Secretary-General. The United States shows that even inside this building Barack Obama runs the show."

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