UN Security Council convenes for informal working session in Sweden



STOCKHOLM (dpa)- Syria was expected to top the agenda when UN Security council members and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres gathered Saturday for an informal working meeting in southern Sweden.
Among the 15 top diplomats from Security Council countries were the US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Russia's Vassily Nebenzia.



The council has convened on Syria six times since an alleged chemical attack on Douma on April 7, but continually failed to agree on action in its wake.
Haley told reporters that while the Security Council had been able to "pull together and was able to enforce sanctions against North Korea," she noted that in Syria "we are not having that much success. We are still deadlocked."
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven welcomed Guterres on his arrival at the weekend retreat at Backakra, the newly renovated summer residence of late UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjold.
Guterres welcomed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's announcement Saturday that his country will suspend nuclear and long-range missile tests, saying "it contributes to building trust," a UN statement said.
The annual retreat usually takes place on Long Island, close to New York City, but the UN accepted an invitation to visit Sweden, which is currently a member of the council.
Hammarskjold held the UN's top post 1953-61.
He died 1961 in a plane crash in what is now Zambia, along with his UN team, while en route to negotiate a ceasefire in Congo.
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Saturday, April 21st 2018
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