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Russia at UN opposed to limiting use of veto

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Vitaly Churkin , Russian Ambassador to the United Nations

Russia has on September 2 rejected at the UN Security Council France’s proposal to limit the use of veto powers in cases of mass atrocity.

France has started an initiative to persuade the other four Security Council permanent members – Britain, China, Russia and the United States – not to use their veto when action is required to address a mass atrocity.

«We are against it,» Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said to the press. «We think this is not a workable proposition.»

It was the first time that Russia had come out so boldly against restricting the use of the veto, which some blame for the lack of effective measures to end the war in Syria.

In July, Russia used its veto power to block resolutions calling Srebrenica massacre genocide against Bosniaks and for the establishment of an international tribunal into the downing of MH17 passenger plane over Ukraine.

The veto power accorded to the permanent five members of the Security Council dates back to the UN’s foundation, but calls for re-thinking its use have mounted as the world body celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2015.

The French proposal gained traction after Russia and China used their veto power last year to block a resolution requiring the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes committed in Syria.


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  1. Linda says:

    Naturally Russia would be opposed … their prestige would be threatened. Am surprised that the French have taken so long. The proposal to change the security council structure and its veto system has been going on from 2004 at least with various UN member state commissions and select commissions not to mention countless dissertations and essays from university students here there and everywhere. The 1945 situation is no longer valid and therefore the system has to change to make change in the world ….

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