Zarif on Iran talks and Yemen.
Immediately after a break in his negotiations with John Kerry, Iranian Foreign minister Mohammed Javed Zarif took a break to walk on the lake front.
I managed to ask him a few questions:
Q - FM Zarif good morning can you tell us how are things going?
Zarif - things are going. It's tough. It's been tough. It's taken a long time and we're trying to move forward. We're doing our best and we hope for the best.
Q - can you give us your reaction to the ongoing air strikes in Yemen?
Zarif - ... Loss of human life. They have to stop. Everybody has to encourage dialogue and national reconciliation in Yemen rather than making it more difficult for the Yemenis to come together.
Q - have you discussed it with Sec Kerry?
Zarif - this is the hot issue of the day. Any two diplomats sitting in a place will discuss that issue. It doesn't mean that we negotiated about it. Our negotiations are confined to nuclear issue.
One of the last foreign ministers to arrive in Lausanne may be about to leave again.
All the P5+1 ministers met in a full session with Iran for over an hour on Monday morning.
Another meeting of the all the delegations is due in the afternoon.
After that, a spokesperson for Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says the minister is likely to fly back to Moscow. He may then return on Tuesday.
Diplomats say some progress continues to be made in Iran talks. But not all of the details have been ironed out. It is worth noting that the Chinese, French and Russian foreign ministers have left the negotiations. No deal therefore seems imminent.
There are clearly sticking points at Iran talks still being discussed. But there are decisons also to be made about exactly what is included in a public document.
The US needs precise commitments, with details and numbers, so the administration can persuade Congress there is no need for further sanctions.
It is thought Iran would prefer to keep as much of the details "in play" for further negotiations between now and the final deadline at the end of June.
Iranian chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi: drafting has begun of joint "statement", which will be made public. There will also be "working documents", which will remain private.
Announcement will probably be in the evening in Lausanne.
On sanctions, he says there is agreement to lift economic sanctions first, and then work on the others. This appears to me to be a concession by Iranian side.
Just spoke to Iranian FM on his evening lakeside stroll.
Bays Question- how are things going?
Zarif - We're trying. We're doing our best to be able to move forward and be able to resolve this issue and I hope we can all make progress.
Question - Do you think you can do it tonight?
Zarif- well I have no idea. It depends on all of these 7 countries that need to move forward. I for one have been ready and am ready with my delegation to move forward tonight. Or tomorrow or whenever is appropriate.
Question - how long are you prepared to stay here?
Zarif- well as long as is useful and necessary. And we'll determine based on the amount of the accomplishment that we have.
The US may be in the middle of its historic rapprochement with Cuba, but the leftist tradition in Latin American politics is still very much alive. Bolivian President Evo Morales has been speaking in the last hour. He attacked US policy: "Now they cannot dominate us with militray dictatorships, now they cannot do coups d'etat in our countries, what do they do? Now their aggressions are to drown us economically and when they can't do that, they try to divide us"
UN Security Council will hold emergency closed consultations on Yemen at 17GMT. Russia requested the meeting to discuss the humanitarian and security situation. Under Secretary General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, will brief the UN Security Council.
UN Security Council will hold emergency consultations on Burundi at France's request around 16GMT today. The Council will hear the latest developments from the UN Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, Said Djinnit.
There has been concern about the situation in Burundi for some time among Security Council members. They even stopped in Bujumbura in March on a trip to Africa. It was there that the US Ambassador Samantha Power told President Nkurunziza that her country did not support his plans to run for a third term.
UN Humanitarian Affairs Chief, Valerie Amos, just briefed the UN Security Council on Iraq. She says the number of Iraqis requiring humanitarian assistance has grown to over 8.2 million people - an increase of 3 million in 5 months.
Ban Ki Moon says the appeal for humanitarian funds for Nepal is only 14% funded and that an additional $365 million is urgently needed.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon announces "inclusive consultations" on Yemen starting on May 28th in Geneva. Ban says the initiative will try to bring together "a broad range of Yemeni governmental and other actors".
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Yemen's Ambassador to UN Khaled Al Yemeny says Yemeni government will be attending talks in Geneva.
But he said they will not be there as a negotiating party, but as overseer of the process.
The Ambassador says ball is now in Houthis' court, as they were the ones who kidnapped the country by force.
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Yemen's Ambassador to UN, Khaled Al Yemeny says those individuals sanctioned by the UN Security Council should NOT be allowed to attend talks in Geneva, but they could send their representatives.
Meanwhile, the chair of the Yemen Sanctions committee, and current President of the Security Council Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite says she has not received any requests for exemptions. An exemption would be needed to be passed by the committee for any sanctioned individual to travel to Geneva, as part of the sanctions imposed are travel bans.
Ban Ki Moon has postponed Yemen talks which were planned for May 28 in Geneva "following a request from the Government of Yemen and other key stakeholders for more time to prepare". No new date for the talks has been set.
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon does not give any reasons for "postponement" of Yemen peace talks in Geneva.
But he makes it clear it was at the request of the "Yemeni government and other key stakeholders"
He urges all sides to attend "in good faith and without pre-conditions"
It was clear for several the talks were likely to postponed, but the UN had been hoping to a set new date. Even that has not been possible.
The man mediating talks in Burundi, Said Djinnit, is stepping aside from that role. He will maintain his current position as UN Envoy for the Great Lakes Region. Diplomats tell Al Jazeera that opposition groups in Burundi were unhappy with Djinnit because he did not take a strong position condemning President Nkurunziza's decision to seek a 3rd term.
The first review of UN peacekeeping in 15 years has just been released. The review says there are "chronic challenges" in the UN peacekeeping system. It advises the UN to set up a "modest" rapid deployment capability.
In a new initiative to try and stop barrel bomb attacks in Syria - Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium have written a letter to the UN Security Council. Their letter says, "violations and abuses committed in Syria may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity". The countries say they are calling on the Security Council to advance its efforts in "preventing the future use by the Syrian air force of any such aerial bombardment, including its use of barrel bombs".
VIENNA - In addition to a deal on Iran's nuclear programme, the P5 +1 (the permanent 5 members of the UN Security Council and Germany), hope to agree on the overall direction, and even the precise language, of a UN Security Council resolution.
VIENNA - A UN Security Council resolution is needed to ratify the deal in international law and allow for sanctions relief. It would follow a review by U.S. Congress. The P5 + 1 do not want to give Iran the opportunity to reopen negotiations in New York.
VIENNA - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells Al Jazeera's Diplomatic Editor James Bays that there is a "high possibility" of securing an Iran nuclear deal by July 7th.
VIENNA - A senior Iranian official says a few issues still remain in order to secure a deal on Iran's nuclear programme and that those issues require the political decisions of foreign ministers. The official says Iran still has red lines it will not cross but believes these lines can be compatible with a deal.
VIENNA - A senior Iranian official says that most of the deal is complete but the contentious items appear in the draft in brackets. The official says that as well as the deal, they are also negotiating a draft UN Security Council resolution.
VIENNA - U.S. State Department says they've made "substantial progress in every area" of Iran nuclear talks, but more time is needed for negotiations. They have extended the terms of the interim deal to July 10th.
NEW YORK - The flag of the Holy See flies outside UN Headquarters for the first time on the morning Pope Francis addresses the United Nations. Next to it, an empty flag pole where the Palestinian flag will fly for the first time on September 30th.
At 17:15GMT the UN Security Council is set to vote on a resolution condemning the ongoing violence in Burundi. The resolution asks Secretary General Ban to look at options for increasing UN presence in the country. The UN is considering contingency plans including the possibility of sending international peacekeepers. Diplomats say they expect the resolution to be adopted unanimously.
UN says it needs a record $20.1 billion to meet global humanitarian needs in 2016.