The Chairman of the First Committee 74 th session of the UN General Assembly permanent representative of Bolivia to the UN, Sacha Sergio Llorenti Solis intends to appeal to the UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres, in connection with the situation of non-issuance of U.S. visas to a number of delegations, including from Russia.
“We turn first to the Chairman of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (Tijani Muhammad-Gang approx.ed.) and then to the UN Secretary-General, noted Solis. – We will try to make this possible today. This is a very important issue.”
The diplomat noted that it is a question not only for Russia. “It’s a question to all interested delegations and to the entire Committee. If any delegation is still what gets less opportunities to work, this issue is beyond the scope of one Committee… We will do our best to solve the problem,” he added.
In connection with the non-issuance of visas to a number of members of the delegations of the First Committee dealing with disarmament issues, was suspended until Thursday, October 10 when, in the opinion of the Chairman of the Committee, it will be possible to start a “General discussion”, reports TASS.
According to the Chairman of the Committee, Llorenti Solis, this General discussion can continue until Wednesday, October 16. The proposal was adopted without a vote. He noted that he had held intensive consultations with delegations with a view to “reaching agreement” on the basis of further work of the Committee.
“On the part of many delegations had received queries as to whether to continue to discuss here the issue of visas,” – said the diplomat. “We found an opportunity to move forward, he said. – This is the essence of the proposal. The Chairman invited the Committee to adopt that part of our work programme, which for General discussion. When General discussion is complete, we can return to the various issues that were raised by some delegations. And then the Committee will decide what to do with the rest of the work. I think this feature will allow us to begin work, without neglecting the issues that were raised by some delegations,” said Solis.
Recall that the U.S. has not issued visas in time one third of the Russian delegation, which was to take part in the meeting of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly dealing with disarmament issues. Seven employees of the Russian Ministry of foreign Affairs and three members of the Russian delegation, including the head of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev and the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky was unable to come to the US.
Not got the visas and the representatives of some other delegations. In connection with this situation at the meeting of the Committee Deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky proposed in 2020 to move the work of the Committee in Vienna or Geneva.