UN Security Council meeting on Iraq

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council [official website] is meeting at this hour to consider the Iraq war and possible UN responses. So far, some 50 speakers are inscribed, and the meeting is expected to continue on Thursday.

UPDATE [7:46 PM ET]: Opening the meeting, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said:

We all want to see this war brought to an end as soon as possible. But, while it continues, it is essential that everything be done to protect the civilian population, as well as the wounded and the prisoners of war, on both sides, and to bring relief to the victims. This obligation is binding on all the belligerents. The Geneva Conventions and all other instruments of international humanitarian law must be scrupulously respected. I would recall in particular the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention, under which those in effective control of any territory are responsible for meeting the humanitarian needs of its population, and are required to maintain dialogue and cooperation with international organisations engaged in humanitarian relief. No one, on either side, must obstruct that relief.
Read the complete transcript of his remarks, now online from the UN.

UPDATE [11:07 AM ET Thursday]: Recorded video of the Secretary-General's remarks is now available.

 

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