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Samson: 5 New Countries Join The Security Council

5th January 2021

5 new countries joined the interim membership of the UN Security Council on Monday, while the polarization of the UN body concerned with maintaining global peace and security is increasing.

The new quintet, namely India, Mexico, Norway, Ireland and Kenya, participated in the first meeting aimed at approving an agenda proposed by Tunisia, the current chair of the council. The new countries will occupy non-permanent seats on the 15-member council for a period of two years.

Divisions in the corridors of the Council have increased in recent years, with the United States under President Donald Trump adopting a unilateral diplomatic approach.

While the veto was used by each of the permanent members ten times or fewer between 1990 and 2000, it was used on 31 occasions from 2010 to 2019, and five times in the last year alone, according to SC Prossider, the specialist news outlet.

And the permanent members of the Security Council are Russia, the United States, China, France and Britain, and each of them has the right to “veto.”  LINK

Samson:  The Iraqi government postpones its “regular” session until further notice

5th January 2021

The Iraqi government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi decided today, Tuesday, to postpone holding its “regular weekly” session until further notice.

A government source told Shafaq News that the cabinet decided to postpone its regular session, scheduled for this evening, until further notice.

The Council holds its regular session on Tuesdays every week.

Earlier, the office of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced the postponement of the weekly press conference, scheduled for today.  LINK