Luxembourg making its mark on the UN Security Council
(CS/DS) Nearly one year after taking its seat on the UN Security Council, Luxembourg has been able to make its mark on international current affairs, said Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn and Luxembourg's UN representative Sylvie Lucas at a press conference on Monday.
“Our efforts have been worth it,” said Lucas, explaining that Luxembourg has been able to get involved on several dossiers. For example, together with Australia, the Grand Duchy drew up a statement calling on Syria for improved access for humanitarian organisations to help people trapped in the conflict.
“Because they don't defend own interests, countries such as Luxembourg, or in the case of Syria also Australia, are considered neutral,” Asselborn explained.
However, the Foreign Minister also acknowledged that the veto powers on the Council often call the shots, for example in the case of dismantling Syrian chemical weapons, where the US and Russia butted heads.
Other hot topics up for discussion on the Council include the conflict between Israel and Palestine, Mali and the Central African Republic.
As part of its mandate Luxembourg also chairs a working group on the protection of children and women in armed conflict, as well as overseeing sanctions against North Korea.
Over the course of one year Luxembourg attended 200 Council meetings, as well as 200 additional meetings of several working groups. All of this with only 15 members of staff at the Luxembourg representation at the UN in New York.
Starting January 2014, Luxembourg will enter the final year of its two-year term on the UN Security Council.