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UN refuses to comment on Federation Council head’s disrupted visit to US

August 27, 2015, 2:00 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
Eri Kaneko said that the UN did not have any comments on this matter, adding that the IPU conference, though held at the UN headquarters, has nothing to do with the activity of the organization
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UNITED NATIONS, August 27. /TASS/. The UN secretariat refused Wednesday to comment on the situation with disrupted trip of Russian Federation Council’s Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko to a conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament scheduled to be held in the next few days at the UN headquarters in New York.

Associate Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Eri Kaneko said that the organization did not have any comments on this matter, adding that the IPU conference, though held at the UN headquarters in New York, has nothing to do with the activity of the international organization.

Matviyenko received an invitation to participate in the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament that will take place on from August 31 to September 2 in New York. The event will be preceded by the 10th Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament due to be held on August 29-30. The Russian delegation consisted of 26 people. Apart from Matviyenko, it included Federation Council Deputy Chairperson Galina Karelova, International Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev, member of Committee on Science, Education and Culture Alexander Totoonov.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Wednesday that the visit of the Russian delegation to New York became impossible after the United States provided a restricted visa for Matviyenko. "In particular, visa does not allow to participate in any meetings or over events in the framework of the Inter-Parliamentary Union," the foreign ministry said.

The US is tied with UN by an agreement that demands to allow all people into the country that arrive to participate in the events held in the framework of the international organization. In its turn, IPU is a discrete international structure with headquarters in Geneva which holds the observer status at UN. The US Embassy in Moscow clarified earlier that following this logic, "the rules of the hosting country" do not apply to IPU events even if they are held in the UN headquarters.

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