Ukraine, Russian troops and the US
NATO has observed columns of Russian equipment, primarily Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems, and Russian combat troops entering Ukraine over the last 48 hours. The US considers that with this move Russia “keeps fuelling war” in Ukraine. Moscow answered that all that is a “propaganda concoction”.
Mass casualties, malnutrition and starvation in Syria
Widespread attacks and sieges on civilian areas in Syria by pro-Government forces are leading to mass casualties, malnutrition and starvation, according to the latest report of the independent international Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. The report says that both pro-Government and non-State armed groups have committed massacres, and the Commission considers that the UN Security Council has failed to take action to end impunity.
HRW: Syrian authorities deliberately demolished thousands of homes
Satellite imagery, witness statements, and video and photographic evidence show that Syrian authorities deliberately and unlawfully demolished thousands of residential buildings in Damascus and Hama in 2012 and 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
Jordan replaces Saudi Arabia at the Security Council
Jordan was elected to serve on the UN Security Council for two-years beginning on 1 January 2014 and fill the seat that Saudi Arabia won and rejected earlier in November.
Iran, the US and Israel
Iran and six world powers reached a deal on Tehran’s Uranium enrichment program. Obama praised the agreement as a first step that “achieves a great deal” in a peaceful way through diplomacy. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the deal “a historic mistake” that endangers his country.
About 40% of Syrians need humanitarian aid
The United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the UN Security Council that around 9.3 million people in Syria or about 40% of the population need humanitarian aid. That means 2 million more people in need than in September.
UN Security Council unanimously approves resolution on Syria
The UN Security Council has voted unanimously a resolution to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. If Syria doesn’t comply would bring about “sanctions or stronger coercive action”.
Obama calls Rouhani. First direct talks between US and Iran presidents since 1979
US President Obama announced that he spoke with iranian President Rouhani to discuss the “ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program”. It’s the first direct contact between a US President and an Iranian counterpart since 1979.
Tell us about something you think is terribly unfair.
It’s not fair that UN Security Council members that have fought (diplomatically) and therefore delayed and blocked resolutions to try to stop the war in Syria for a long time are not giving the humanitarian aid compromised to help the people affected.
UN inspectors says rockets with gas sarin were used in Ghouta attack
UN investigators says in their report that surface to surface rockets armed with gas sarin were used in the attack against Goutha in Syria, killing civilians among then many children. This is the conclusion of the report of the UN investigation team made public Monday. Read the full remarks of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Security Council about it.