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China cancels UN Security Council meeting

China has cancelled a UN Security Council meeting scheduled for Thursday in coronavirus-stricken New York as it seeks to encourage votes by writing while the pandemic rages on, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday. The Security Council, currently chaired by China, has not met since March 12 due to the outbreak and is deeply divided over a proposed declaration on the crisis and holding virtual meetings to vote on resolutions. Council votes are usually taken by a show of hands in the same room, allowing for last minute negotiations between members. Thursday s meeting was due to renew the mandate of UN experts responsible for sanctions imposed on North Korea and extend the peace mission in Somalia. The votes would be postponed, according to a diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has not shuttered the organization s headquarters in New York, but the city itself is under a stay-at-home order issued by the state s governor. New York state ..

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