The United Nations Security Council is one of the six key organisations within the United Nations. This UNSC has 5 permanent members - USA, China, UK, France and Russia, right from its inception. There are 10 other non-permanent members, who hold seats at the UNSC for a period of 2 years. These 10 non-permanent members are selected on a rotational basis, based on geographical regions, by the United Nations General Assembly. A number of countries are completing the period of their tenure as temporary members of the UNSC and one of them is Germany, who is a representative of the 'Western Europe and Other' region. Germany's envoy to the UNSC, delivered his final remarks, recently!

Germany's envoy - Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, while delivering his final remarks, made an appeal to China, to release two Canadians the Asian nation had imprisoned. During his speech, Heusgen said, "let me end my tenure in the Security Council by appealing to my Chinese colleagues to ask Beijing for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Christmas is the right moment for such a gesture." The Ambassador sought China to release the prisoners, in the spirit of Christmas. He added that a fellow Canadian diplomat - Kovrig, who had joined the International Crisis Group after his retirement, had been held hostage by China, along with another person - Spavor, an entrepreneur. These 2 detainees have been held hostage by China for over 2 years now, after Canada had detained a Chinese technology executive, at the request of the USA.

After the USA had issued a warrant, the Canadian Police had detained Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. Heusgen, who is all set to retire after 40 years of being in the diplomatic service, stated that Wanzhou was being accomodated in a 7-bedroom mansion in Vancouver, his friend Kovrig had been detained in a small isolated cell. Responding to Heusgen, the China's Deputy Permanent Representative Geng Shuang, accused Heusgen of launching malicious attacks against other Council members and abusing the platform of the UNSC and thereby poisoning the work atmosphere. Geng added, "In my last statement, I did bid him farewell, well, pretty much out of courtesy and of course in a diplomatic manner. Now, I wish to say out of the bottom of my heart: Good riddance, Ambassador Heusgen. I am hoping that the Council in your absence in the year 2021 will be in a better position to fulfill the responsibilities and mandate for maintaining international peace and security."