- Calls for Global Ceasefire Delayed by China And The US
by European diplomats say bickering superpowers blocking resolution to end conflict
China and the United States are delaying an international effort to end fighting in conflict zones around the world for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic as they jockey for dominance in a post-pandemic world.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutteres called for a global ceasefire or “humanitarian pause” to allow the world to concentrate on fighting the coronavirus pandemic in March.
But a United Nations security council resolution drafted by France and Tunisia has been stuck in suspended animation due to what diplomatic sources described as a tussle between Washington and Beijing over dominance in the post-Pandemic world.
A video summit between the leaders of the permanent members of the security council, China, France, Russian, the United Kingdom and the United States has also repeatedly been delayed. “It is very frustrating,” said a European diplomat with knowledge of the talks. “The world is looking up to us, it is a global catastrophe, and the Security Council,…