Security Council: Maas gives positive assessment

As Germany’s presidency of the UN Security Council draws to a close, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has given a positive assessment despite the difficult circumstances.

Sicherheitsrat: Maas zieht positive Bilanz
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Berlin/New York (dpa) – As Germany’s presidency of the UN Security Council draws to a close, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has given a positive assessment despite the difficult circumstances. «Our presidency cost us a great deal of effort during these difficult times and in view of constant obstacles, but our hard work was not for nothing», said Maas. The federal minister highlighted the agreement on a resolution to better combat the corona pandemic and the extension of the humanitarian aid for Syria, which fell within the German presidency in July.

The powers of veto in the UN Security Council also revealed to Germany’s ambitious presidency that diplomacy has its limits in an era of unilateral national approaches. UN Secretary-General António Guterres indicated recently that he believes that reform is necessary. «The past month has revealed once again how much we need a functional Security Council, but also how far the Security Council currently is from this state», said Maas, adding that while solutions have yet to be found for many topics, they are at least headed in the right direction.

Source: dpa; translation: deutschland.de