Facebook Chat With Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer
On September 21, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer held a live Facebook chat previewing U.S. priorities at the 67th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
- Assistant Secretary Brimmer welcomed the thoughts of the audience in her opening statement.
- Good Morning! Next week, the center of global diplomacy will be New York City, where the 67th UN General Assembly will open its high-level sessions. The President and Secretary of State will lead our delegation and we will have many opportunities to address a host of challenging issues. I welcome your thoughts on the issues that I and many other world leaders will be meeting to tackle next week. What do you think is the most important issue for us to address?
- Assistant Secretary Brimmer answered questions on a wide range of topics related to the United States' work with international organizations. Michael Boyce asked:
- Humanitarian assistance provides a vital lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Londstanding and new donors will be needed to continue to support this aid. Turkey has generously welcomed refugees from Syria and provided humanitarian assistance for Syrians and other people. Gulf states and others are expanding their assistance and we encourage all countries to give generously to help people in dire situations.
- Other questions focused on events unfolding in the Middle East.
- We think that the crisis in Syria is one of the most difficult questions that we face. We are all moved by the tragedy facing the Syrian people and want to find ways to help. We were disappointed that Russia and China vetoed the resolutions in the Security Council. However, that will not stop efforts to help the Syrian people. We think that it is important to support the nonviolent Syrian opposition, to help the Syrian people with their political transition. It is also extremely important to provide humanitarian assistance to the thousands and thousands of people displaced by this tragedy. The United States has provided over 100 million dollars in assistance to help the Syrian people.
- Assistant Secretary Brimmer also discussed the role of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) and other peacekeeping operations.
- The United Nations has been crucial to helping advance peace between Sudan and South Sudan. There are three peacekeeping operations in this region, including UNMISS in South Sudan. UNMISS is helping the new country of South Sudan. We think UNMISS has performed well, and in some cases valiantly. However, it faces a deteriorated operating environment. We urge Sudan and South Sudan to resolve all outstanding issues including those related to contested border access, citizenship, and security. Such agreements must be reached and implemented for the sake of stability in both countries and the wider region.