U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, held a press briefing as President of the UN Security Council in April

Russia’s military buildup, particularly, in the Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad was causing concern to the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Shown here is Ambassador Nikki Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten
Shown here is Ambassador Nikki Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

UN Correspondents at UN Headquarters in New York showed up on April 3 to ask US Ambassador Nikki Haley, a wide variety of political questions during a press conference on the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of April.

She started off by saying, “if you look at the conflicts we have in the world, they always go back to the human rights situation on the ground,” she said, “stressing the importance of that debate, which she stated would take place on April l8 despite not yet being on the Council’s official agenda. Recalling that the conflict in Tunisia had begun with a fruit vendor who had set himself on fire in protest, she said many current conflicts could be traced to human rights violations.”

“Indeed,” she went on to say, “in Syria and elsewhere, there was cause to ask: “Could we have stopped it sooner?” The planned debate was not meant to call out or “blast” particular countries, but rather to identify issues that could lead to conflict in the future.”

Turning to other priorities for the month, she stated, “the Council would hold a ministerial level meeting on non-proliferation, to be chaired by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on April 28.

The meeting would focus, in particular, on the nuclear activities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Ms. Haley also expressed her condolences to the People of the Russian Federation for the bomb explosion in Saint Petersburg.

According to “Baltic Review”, “The Wall Street Journal “reported on March 29 that “tensions are rising over planned Russian drills, and that Russia’s military buildup, particularly, in the Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad was causing concern to the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

What is US President Trump’s position on the Baltic States, which were occupied by the Soviet Union for 50 years, and are now members of NATO?”

Baltic-Americans living in the United States are looking to President Donald J. Trump and US Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Nikki Haley for clear-cut answers.

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of “Baltic Review” based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body’s work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.

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