The United Nations Envoy from Germany, during its last scheduled meeting of the United Nations Security Council, appealed to China to free two Canadians detained for Christmas, prompting the UN Chinese Deputy Envoy to reply: “From the depths. of my heart: good deliverance “.
Germany ends a two-year term on the 15-member council later this month and Ambassador Christoph Heusgen plans to retire after more than 40 years as a diplomat.
“Let me finish my tenure on the Security Council by appealing to my Chinese colleagues to ask Beijing for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Christmas is the right time for such a gesture, ”Heusgen told the council session, whose official topic on the agenda was Iran.
Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat who worked as an adviser to the International Crisis Group think tank, and businessman Spavor were arrested by Beijing in 2018 shortly after Canadian police picked up Huawei Technologies’ Chief Financial Officer. Co Ltd Meng Wanzhou on a US mandate.
Chinese UN Deputy Ambassador Geng Shuang accused Heusgen of abusing the Security Council to launch “malicious” attacks against other members “in an attempt to poison the working atmosphere.”
“I would like to say something from the bottom of my heart: have a good trip, Ambassador Heusgen,” said Geng. “I hope that the Council in your absence in the year 2021 will be in a better position to fulfill its responsibilities … for the maintenance of international peace and security.”
Heusgen also used the Security Council meeting to advise the UN Deputy Ambassador of Russia, Dmitry Polyanskiy, to read some articles on Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who claimed to have tricked a Russian secret agent into revealing his details of a failed plot to kill him. The Russian security service of the FSB rejected the registration as a fake.
Polyanskiy replied: “He seems to have developed a certain dependence on the Council, there is never a meeting without criticism of Russia even if it is not suitable for the subject. I hope that after January 1st, Christoph’s symptoms will improve. “