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May 02, 2020
5:07PM

UNSC President Estonia calls Security Council's handling of COVID-19 a shame

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Estonia, the president of the United Nations Security Council for May, said it was a "shame" that the powerful UN body did not fulfill its responsibility in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak and slammed "stumbling blocks" in passing a resolution on the pandemic.

During a virtual press briefing, Ambassador Sven Jürgenson, permanent representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations and president of the Security Council responded to questions on the lack of action by the council to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and its failure to adopt a single resolution on the global crisis.


The ambassador said he personally hoped that a Security Council resolution on COVID-19 “would have been voted two or three weeks ago.” He said a vote on the resolution “might happen next week”.

The 15-nation UN Council is yet to adopt a single resolution on the crisis despite weeks of negotiations due to differences between two permanent members -- referring to the US and China.

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