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UNITED NATIONS – The latest on the high-level U.N. General Assembly meetings (all times local):
France's foreign minister says he will be disappointed but not discouraged if an agreement isn't reached in New York on a new cease-fire in Syria, insisting: "We will continue to fight."
Given the "impasse" in U.S.-Russia negotiations, Jean-Marc Ayrault vowed to fight for France's proposal to create a cease-fire oversight mechanism involving a large number of countries that would be chaired by a U.N. representative.
He told a news conference Friday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting that he keeps asking Russia and Iran whether they favor a military or political solution.
"Every time, they respond to me that it's the political solution," Ayrault said. "But to have trust in that we need to look at the acts — and the acts are military ones up until now."
With the Paris Agreement on climate change poised to take effect, diplomats now head to Morocco to hammer out the difficult details of how to make it work and raise the $100 billion needed each year to meet its ambitious goals.
Morocco's Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said he expects to announce that countries accounting for over 55 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions have formally joined the treaty — the threshold needed to trigger the landmark agreement — when he presides over the 22nd U.N. Climate Conference in Marrakech that starts on Nov. 7.
"Once the treaty takes effect, the next steps will require concrete actions on the part of world governments to start implementing concrete policies in order to adapt," said Mezouar.