At the UN, the veto under the spotlight

At the UN, the veto under the spotlight

At the UN, the veto under the spotlight

UN member states voted on Tuesday to hold the five permanent members of the Security Council more accountable for vetoing.

The General Assembly adopted the draft resolution unanimously or without a vote. It was put forward by Liechtenstein and co-sponsored by over 100 countries.

The resolution requires the President of the General Assembly to convene a meeting of 193 UN member states whenever one or more of the Security Council’s five permanent members veto. The assembly would then debate the position on which the veto was cast, and those who did the veto would be invited to address the assembly to explain their action.

The five permanent members of the Security Council are Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States. The US and UK were among the co-sponsors of the measure. The representative of Russia said after the adoption that his delegation “had no desire to join the consensus.”

Introducing the text, the ambassador of Liechtenstein, Christian Weinweiser, said, “The veto power comes at all times with a responsibility to work towards the achievement of the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter.” When the Security Council is unable to act, the entire membership should be given a voice, he said.


जबकि संकल्प को रिकॉर्ड किए गए वोट के बिना अपनाया गया था, कई प्रतिनिधिमंडलों ने कहा कि वे परहेज कर रहे थे, और कम से कम एक, बेलारूस ने कहा कि यह परिणाम से खुद को अलग कर रहा था।


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