AGENCIES, Washington: Even a passing mention of World Health Organisation (WHO) is not welcomed by US President Donald Trump these days. Trump seems to deplore the thought and has made no bones about it in public.
And this attitude is becoming a stumbling block for core decisions by international organisations likes UN Security Council.
The latest incident occurred on Thursday between the US and China who remain at loggerheads on over a UN Security Council draft resolution calling for a 90-day humanitarian pause in conflicts worldwide in the face of the coronavirus pandemic
The stalemate apparently relates over a mention of the World Health Organization and leaves little hope of a quick vote as the Security Council struggles to find a response to the global crisis, remaining largely mute since the once-in-a-century pandemic began killing tens of thousands of people and shutting down economies across the world.
It calls for a 90-day humanitarian pause to bring aid to the most vulnerable populations caught in conflicts around the globe, including in places such as Afghanistan and Yemen.
The draft also supports a March 23 plea by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a worldwide ceasefire to facilitate the fight against the coronavirus.
The stalemate could end quickly if the US and China find a compromise, one Western ambassador said. The WHO mention is just a side issue in a draft centred on support for a ceasefire in some 20 war or conflict zones around the world, this ambassador said.
A vote had been expected this week, and Guterres has been pressing for one for more than a month. But this seems less and less likely over the short term because of the disagreement between the US and China. Both these countries are permanent members of UNSC and have a right of veto.
Except for a virtual meeting on April 9, the Security Council has remained silent on the biggest global crisis since World War II.