Closing Remarks at the last scheduled UN Security Council Meeting of the December Presidency

Ambassador Kelly Craft
Permanent Representative
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
December 20, 2019


Regardless of the outcomes of these votes today, it is clear that there is a commitment from this Council to help the Syrian people and to save lives. The Presidency will work closely with the co-penholders to ensure negotiations continue in the coming days and that we can find a solution that we all can support.

There are no more names inscribed on the list of speakers. Before adjourning this meeting, as this is the last scheduled meeting for the Council for the month of December, I would like to express my sincere appreciation of the delegation of the United States to the members of the Council. Especially my colleagues, the permanent representatives, their teams, and to the secretariat of the Council for all of the support they have given us. At the beginning of the month, I said that the theme of our presidency was to look ahead to 2020 and to think about what we should be doing as a council to make the world a better place. I appreciate my colleagues work to do just that, and we look forward to a new year filled with potential within this Council. But also we couldn’t do any of our work without the hard work, support, and positive contributions of every delegation and their presentative of the secretariat, including the conference service officers, interpreters, verbatim reporters, and security staff.

As we end our presidency, I know I speak on behalf of the Council in wishing the delegation of Vietnam good luck in the month of January. I would like, on behalf of the Council, to express our sincere appreciation to the five outgoing members: Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru, and Poland. Over the course of the past two years, you and your teams have become part of the Security Council family. Your presence and positive contributions during your terms on the Security Council are noteworthy and you will be missed.

The meeting is adjourned.