New York – Germany’s UN The ambassador, during the last scheduled UN Security Council meeting, appealed to China to release two detained Canadians for Christmas, prompting China’s deputy ambassador to respond: “From the bottom of my heart: good rudeness.”
Germany concludes a two-year term on the 15-member panel later this month, and Ambassador Christophe Hussein plans to retire as ambassador for more than 40 years.
“I conclude my term in the Security Council by appealing to my Chinese colleagues to ask Beijing to release Michael Gowrik and Michael Spavre. Christmas is the perfect moment for such a gesture,” Hussein told the council, heading Iran on its official agenda.
Canadian police have arrested former Canadian ambassador Gowrick and businessman Spawar, who worked as a consultant to the International Crisis Group’s Think Tank, shortly after taking Meng Wanshou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, on a U.S. warrant.
China’s Deputy UN Ambassador Zheng Shuang has accused Hussein of “abusing” the Security Council to carry out “malicious” attacks on other members.
“I want to say something from the bottom of my heart: good rudeness, Ambassador Huskan,” Zheng said. “I hope the Council will be in a better position to fulfill its responsibilities in your absence by 2021 … to maintain international peace and security.”
Hussein used a Security Council meeting to advise Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanski, to read some articles about Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, saying he had deceived a Russian secret agent into releasing details of a plot to assassinate him. Russia’s FSB Security Service has denied the allegations.
Polyanski responded: “He seems to have developed a certain bias in the church, even if it does not fit a crowd without criticizing Russia. I hope Christophe’s symptoms will improve after January 1st.”
(Michael Nichols Editing Report by Mark Heinrich)