The representative of the Russian foreign Ministry and Russia’s envoy to the UN opposed the proposal to limit the veto in the UN security Council possessed by its permanent members, including Russia. Russia’s permanent representative Vitaly Churkin said that he offered that the UN high Commissioner is not authorized to speak on the subject, and the representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the veto is part of the right of the permanent members of the security Council on the realization of their interests.

Once again limiting the right of veto, which allows you to block any unwanted one of the permanent members of the security Council resolution, raised in connection with the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo, where the Syrian army with the help of Russian troops trying to oust the opposition militant groups.

The UN high Commissioner for human rights Zeid RA’ad al-Hussein called for decisive action to resolve the situation around Aleppo, offering to consider the possibility of limiting the use of the veto in the UN Security Council, “when there is serious concern that committed war crimes, crimes against humanity or acts of genocide.” According to him, this “critical initiative” will allow us to consider the situation in Syria to the International criminal court in the Hague.

Churkin commented on the proposal: “Not his responsibility to discuss the veto… unfortunately, my friend stepped over the boundaries of its responsibility. This is unfortunate”. (Quoted by TASS.)

Did not like the proposal of the high Commissioner and the foreign Ministry. The official representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova said that such statements come out “for any existing and generally in principle theoretical and philosophical framework for the work of the UN Secretariat”. “To give such “valuable guidance” of the permanent members of the UN security Council, and indeed members of the UN is not the case of the Secretariat,” she said in the TV channel “Russia 1″. According to Zakharova, the veto is a tool that is necessary in order to “the world lost a strategic balance”.

Russia is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council who have veto power when discussing the UN security Council. In recent years, the Russian four times blocked the draft resolutions on Syria, most recently in may 2014. Then the Russian delegation not allowed to take the document providing for the referral of the situation in Syria to the International criminal court.

A proposal to restrict the use of the veto in situations where urgent action is needed to prevent mass crimes made still in 2013 the French President Francois Hollande. In August 2015 in an interview with TASS, the UK’s permanent representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft said that his country supports the initiative.



The foreign Ministry and Churkin did not like the proposal to limit the veto in the UN security Council 05.10.2016

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