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UNSC issues presidential statement on Myanmar after 10 years




United Nations, Nov 7: The UN Security Council has issued a presidential statement on Myanmar complimenting and criticising the country over its stance on the Rohingya crisis and it also gave the government a month to “get its act together”.

Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi of Italy, this month’s UNSC president, read out the 1,300-word statement at a formal session on Monday, the first such statement on Myanmar in 10 years, reports Xinhua news agency.

It strongly condemned attacks against the Myanmar security forces carried out by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25, then expressed “grave concern” over the government’s response, the alleged burning of villages and threats to villagers to flee, among others.

The council said the government’s primary responsibility is protection of Myanmar’s population, citizens or not.

It called for reform in Myanmar’s security and justice sectors and urged the government to work with Bangladesh and the UN to allow the voluntary return of refugees to their homes, on the basis of an October 24 memorandum of understanding between the two countries.

The panel welcomed a “union enterprise mechanism” for humanitarian assistance, resettlement and development in Rakhine.

It recommended the government ensure the mechanism supported such return and allow UN agencies full access, urging governments and all humanitarian partners to pay special attention to the needs of women, particularly survivors of sexual violence.

The council also welcomed the Myanmar government’s public support for recommendations by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and called for their full implementation.

It urged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to consider appointing a special advisor on Myanmar.

Since the August attacks,over 604,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. Some fled by land, others in boats over an inlet of the Bay of Bengal.

In the last two weeks, 4,000 refugees entered Bangladesh while four people drowned in a shipwreck while fleeing, officials said.



I love India, US President Donald Trump tells Sushma at UN anti-drugs event



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 United Nations, Sep 25: About 130 countries including India has signed the pledge to fight the global drug menace that was drafted by US President Donald Trump. As External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj exchanged pleasantries with US President , Trump expressed his love for India and asked Swaraj to give his regards to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While launching the global campaign to  fight against the “scourge of drugs” with links to terrorism, US President Trump  asked for coordinated action to “save the lives of countless people in all corners of the world”.

Trump urged leaders across the globe to work together to fight against drug addiction and stop all form of trafficking and smuggling which provides ‘financial blood life’ to all the illegal and unauthorised cartels.

“Illicit drugs are linked to organized crime, illegal financial flows, corruption and terrorism,” Trump said in a brief speech at the High-Level Event on Counter-Narcotics convened by him on the eve of the annual UN General Assembly meeting that brings together world leaders.

About 130 countries  commit to developing national action against drug addiction, block at their borders and strengthen international cooperation against drug trafficking.

During the high-level event on counter-narcotics , External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told Trump that she brought greetings from PM Modi and exchanged pleasantries with US President.

Trump happily said, “I love India, give my regards to my friend PM Modi.” She further said that illegal drugs, corruption and terrorism were linked to organised crime.



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Rod Rosenstein resignation : Trump to meet Deputy AG Today



Washington, Sep 25 : It appears Rosenstein will remain in his position at least for a few more days as US President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet on Thursday  amid reports that the latter could resign or be fired.

But Trump is set to ask Rosenstein for the clarification  about the  reports that emerged that Rosenstein in 2017 suggested secretly taping Trump in the White House and then – on the basis of that potential tape – convincing members of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the President from office, a story that the Deputy Attorney General categorically denied in a statement, calling the reporting “inaccurate” and “factually incorrect”.

I’m going to be meeting Rod Rosenstein when I get back to from all these meetings,” Trump told reporters at the United Nations.

Rosenstein ‘suggested recording’ Trump to ‘invoke 25th Amendment’
“We will be meeting at the White House and we will determine what’s going on. We want to have transparency. We want to have openness, and I look forward to meeting with Rod at that time.”



“At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Sanders added that “because the President is at the UN General Assembly (in New York) and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington, DC”.

Sanders denied the reports earlier on Monday saying that Rosenstein had already resigned verbally in a conversation with Chief of Staff John Kelly so as not to be pre-emptively fired.

Rosenstein is the official in charge of overseeing the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged connections between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.


If Rosenstein were to step down or be ousted, it is highly likely that Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who is the highest-ranking Senate-confirmed Department of Justice official below Rosenstein, would assume control of the Mueller investigation.

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Russia to supply Syria with S-300 missile system




Moscow, Sep 24 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad on Monday about his decision to strengthen Syria’s air defence, including providing it with an S-300 surface-to-air missile system.

“Both sides noted readiness for further joint efforts to achieve long-term normalization in Syria, restoration of its sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” a Kremlin statement said, Xinhua news agency reported.

Earlier in the day, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia will supply an S-300 air defence system and identification, friend or foe equipment to Syria within two weeks after its Il-20 surveillance plane was mistakenly downed by Syria’s S-200 system last week.

In areas adjacent to Syria over the Mediterranean, Russia will carry out radio-electronic suppression of satellite navigation, airborne radars and communications systems of combat aircraft attempting to attack facilities on the Syrian territory, Shoigu said.

The Russian Defence Ministry has said that the Il-20 plane with 15 servicemen on board was shot down by mistake on September 17 by a Syrian missile due to a simultaneous Israeli air strike that confused Syria’s S-200 air defence system.

The Israeli military rejected the accusation that its jets deliberately used the Il-20 as a shield and led to its downing.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow’s decision to strengthen Syria’s air defence was made after week-long discussions between the leadership of the country and military experts.

He said that the deployment of the S-300 system in Syria does not target a third country.

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