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The representative of the United States replied that her delegation was engaged in a productive dialogue with the Office of Legal Affairs, which had already resulted in concrete action against some of the concerns expressed. The demands for formal measures are unjustified, she said, adding that her country is committed to engaging constructively through informal channels. It is an honor and a privilege for the United States to receive the United Nations “in this great city of New York,” she said, expressing hope that the Sixth Committee will incorporate the recommendations of the Host Country Committee into a draft resolution for consensus adoption. The representative of Iran said that the refusal by the United States of a visa to his country`s Secretary of State to attend a meeting of the Security Council was an example of how that country was using its privileges as a weapon. He added that the restrictions imposed on Iranian diplomats were aimed at forcing the closure of Iran`s permanent representation. The 25-mile travel limit for permanent mission staff and their families has been reduced to 3 miles. They also have until December 15 to settle in a part of Queens that is a coronavirus hotspot. “The question is who [the host country] should be held accountable for its failure and the humanitarian consequences of its illegal acts,” he said, calling on the Secretary-General to take appropriate measures under section 21 to lift all illegal restrictions once and for all. The representative of the United States said that her delegation remained closely linked to the Host Country Committee, the Office of Legal Affairs and the States concerned. She noted that her country`s positions were detailed in the report of the Host Country Committee and stated that her delegation had a productive dialogue with the Office of Legal Affairs.

This dialogue has already resulted in concrete steps on some of the concerns raised in the report. She added that the United States continued to work for constructive engagement through informal channels and that requests for formal measures were unjustified. She hoped that, as in the past, the Sixth Committee would incorporate the recommendations of the Host Country Committee into a draft resolution to be adopted amicably, she said, stressing that it was an honour and a privilege for the United States to receive the United Nations “in this great city of New York” and that the host country did not take its responsibilities lightly. The representative of Nicaragua, who joined the Non-Aligned Movement, said that the Special Commission on the Charter would remain an integral instrument to ensure that countries acted for the good of all the peoples of the world and not only in their own selfish interests. It noted that the Charter itself contained specific provisions aimed at strengthening peace in a world in great need of harmony and just and lasting solutions, and invited delegations to show flexibility and political will to reach agreement on the items on their agendas. It opposed the imposition of all unilateral coercive economic measures – in particular those imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, which constitutes a crime against humanity – and stressed that such measures run directly counter to the objectives of the Charter. The Cuban representative said that the illegal measures imposed by the United States government on her delegation were not lifted, “even at the worst moments of the COVID-19 pandemic.” She drew attention to the arbitrary restrictions imposed on diplomats from different countries and their family members and said that the United States was also delaying and denying visas. In addition, it wrongly deports diplomats accredited to the United Nations, confiscates property and prevents Member States from accessing bank accounts to fulfil their financial obligations. . .

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