France, Tunisia Urge U.N. Security Council Adopt COVID-19 Resolution Demanding Ceasefires In Major Conflicts; Vote Stalled Over Reference To WHO
AP: France, Tunisia urge U.N. council to adopt COVID-19 resolution
“France and Tunisia urged the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to adopt a resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire in major conflicts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic after weeks of contentious negotiations that have paralyzed the United Nations’ most powerful body. France, one of five veto-wielding permanent council members, and Tunisia, one of 10 elected members, melded their rival resolutions in hopes of winning approval for the first council resolution since COVID-19 started circling the globe. But diplomats say a vote has been held up primarily over a dispute between the United States and China on including a reference to the World Health Organization…” (Lederer, 5/6).