Germany completes two-year term on UNSC

Germany is schedule to finish its two-year term on the 15-member United Nations Security Council at the end of this month. During his last scheduled U.N. Security Council meeting, Germany’s U.N. envoy urged China to free two detained Canadians for Christmas, to which China’s deputy U.N. envoy replied, “Out of the bottom of my heart: Good riddance.”

After serving more than 40 years as a diplomat, Ambassador Christoph Heusgen during the council session, whose official agenda topic was Iran, said, “Let me end my tenure on the Security Council by appealing to my Chinese colleagues to ask Beijing for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Christmas is the right moment for such a gesture.” This prompted China’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Geng Shuang accusing Heusgen of abusing the Security Council to launch “malicious” attacks on other members “in an attempt to poison the working atmosphere”.

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