The United Nations Security Council is defending their decision to cancel a high profile trip by a council delegation to Afghanistan after reports that diplomats were complaining the decision was hastily made.
The announcement was initially made earlier this month, after Undersecretary General Gregory Starr said it would be better to postpone it indefinitely on the basis of security concerns. They also cancelled a side trip to Yemen.
UN officials say that they stand by the recommendation to postpone, saying that while there were no specific threats the overall risk level made such a trip unwise at this point.
The US was said to be in favor of the postponement, citing “obvious reasons,” but also sought to limit access to the meeting where the decision was made to top ambassadors, apparently to avoid scrutiny of such a move at a time when the US is cheering the “progress” of the Afghan occupation.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- UN Aid Chief Slams Saudis for Blocking Yemen Aid - August 18th, 2017
- Top US General: Attack on Japan Same as an Attack on US - August 18th, 2017
- Saudi Arabia Courts Iraq Alliance, Offering Reconstruction Aid - August 18th, 2017
- Assad Advisor: Syrian War Effectively Over - August 18th, 2017
- North Korea Sees Planned US-South Korea Wargames as 'Catastrophe' - August 18th, 2017