UNITED NATIONS China and Russia oppose U.S. plans to hold a unique meeting this week on human rights in North Korea, which has been accused by a U.N. inquiry of abuses comparable to Nazi-era atrocities, council diplomats said on Monday.
The United States, president of the Security Council this month, mentioned final Friday the meeting would take place on Thursday at two:30 p.m. (1930 GMT). Senior U.N. officials are anticipated to brief the council.
Numerous diplomats told Reuters each China and Russia had informed the council of their opposition to the meeting, which has the backing of nine of the 15 council members – Chile, France, Jordan, Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, Britain and the United States.
“China informed council members that the Security Council has no company with human rights but must appear at matters of international peace and safety,” one particular diplomat said, summarizing the Chinese complaint.
Russia, diplomats stated, raised a procedural complaint, noting the United States had not raised the problem in the course of a formal discussion final week on the council’s plan of perform for December.
The Security Council final discussed the concern a year ago.
Final month, China’s U.N. ambassador, Liu Jieyi, said it would be a “undesirable thought” for the Security Council to hold such a meeting, adding the council “is not about human rights.”
The Safety Council added human rights in North Korea to its agenda final year, in spite of objections by China that led to a uncommon procedural vote. Beijing is a sturdy ally of Pyongyang.
Two diplomats mentioned a new procedural vote was probably offered the objections of China and Russia to the scheduled meeting. They stated Russia and China would most likely lose any procedural vote simply because they can’t use their veto energy in such circumstances.
The missions of China and North Korea have so far not responded to requests for comment on the planned meeting. A spokesman for Russia’s mission declined to comment.
North Korea has denied allegations of systematic human rights abuses, saying such charges are portion of a U.S.-led plot to destabilize the country.
A year ago this month, the 193-member U.N. Basic Assembly urged the Security Council to take into account referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court soon after a U.N. Commission of Inquiry detailed wide-ranging abuses in the hermit Asian state.
China is likely to veto any Safety Council bid to refer North Korea to the ICC, diplomats said.
(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau Editing by Peter Cooney)