10 February 2009The Security Council today held consultations on a draft resolution on the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) whose mandate expires at the weekend, with the Council president voicing confidence that a new resolution would be adopted by then. “I am very confident that the formal adoption will be taking place before the end of the week,” Ambassador Yukio Takasu of Japan, Council President for February, told reporters afterwards.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council last week that UNOMIG, which has been patrolling both sides of the ceasefire line between the Georgian Government and Abkhaz separatists in the country’s north-west since the end of fighting there 15 years ago, is in a “precarious” position which could quickly become untenable.“There have been a considerable number of security incidents involving casualties on both sides and what little communication there was between the sides has largely broken down,” he said in a report, warning that “a further deterioration of the situation cannot be excluded.”On the Abkhaz-controlled side of the ceasefire line, Russian troops have taken over positions previously held by the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) peacekeeping forces, on which UNOMIG relied for security. Abkhaz heavy weapons and military personnel have entered the zone of conflict, he wrote.
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea has proposed an investigation by the United Nations or another international body as it continues to reject Japanese claims that Seoul could not be trusted to faithfully implement sanctions against North Korea.Seoul’s presidential office said Friday that South Korea has been thoroughly implementing U.N. sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. It demanded that Japan to provide evidence for claims made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his conservative aides that there may have been illegal transfers of sensitive materials from South Korea to North Korea.Tokyo last week tightened the approval process for Japanese shipments of photoresists and other sensitive materials to South Korea, saying such materials can be exported only to trustworthy trading partners.The Associated Press