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UNSC President Estonia calls Security Council’s handling of COVID-19 “a shame”

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United Nations: Estonia, the president of the United Nations Security Council for May, said it was a “shame” that the powerful UN body did not fulfill its responsibility in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak and slammed “stumbling blocks” in passing a resolution on the pandemic.

“I think it is a shame that we have not been able to take the leadership. There are certain reasons for that. But Estonia has been one of the most active in pushing very strongly for more than a month already to be there, and for the Security Council to stand where it should stand,” said Ambassador Sven Jürgenson, permanent representative of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations and president of the Security Council for May on Friday.

During a virtual press briefing, Jürgenson responded to questions on the lack of action by the council to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and its failure to adopt a single resolution on the global crisis.

The ambassador said he personally hoped that a Security Council resolution on COVID-19 “would have been voted two or three weeks ago.”

He said a vote on the resolution “might happen now, it might happen next week”.

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