United States Permanent Representative Nikki Haley, taking over as the Security Council President, has ripped open the veil of secrecy around the Security Council in an unprecedented move, bringing the underlying rifts to the open but stalled the adoption of the agenda for the month.
On Tuesday, while brushing aside the genteel diplomatic backroom practices, she held the Council's first open meeting of the month, conducted so far behind closed doors, to frame its programme of work for the month by consensus.
A briefing on Nicaragua, which was opposed by at least six members of the Council, including permanent members Russia and China, was proposed by her and this was the first time that the body could not agree by consensus on the agenda for the month, to which, it was declared by her that the Council would work without a consensus agenda and she further said that on Wednesday, as the President she would hold the briefing on Nicaragua.
Kuwait's Permanent Representative Mansour Al Otaibi said that holding all Council meetings in the open was "unprecedented" and "unheard of," especially because it was an initiative of a permanent member.
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