Russian Federation vetoes UNSC resolution on Syria chemical weapons probe

Affected Syrian children receive medical treatment following the apparent chemical attack in Douma

Russian Federation on Tuesday vetoed a US-drafted Security Council resolution on an investigation mechanism for chemical weapons use in Syria.

Haley said the draft resolution was not impartial or independent since it would allow Russian Federation to veto investigators and staff for the new body - and to block its findings.

The U.S. draft had the overwhelming support of the council with 12 members of the 15-member council voting in favor, and only two - Russian Federation and Bolivia - voting against.

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, combs her hair before the start of a Security Council meeting, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at U.N. headquarters.

Russian Federation had proposed setting up an investigative panel under rules that would have required Security Council approval of its findings - a measure the West charged would compromise its independence.

By the terms of that text, the Council would have established a United Nations independent mechanism of investigation, also for an initial period of one year, and urged it to fully ensure a truly impartial, independent, professional and credible way to conduct its investigation.

"Our resolutions are similar, but there are important differences". I appeal to the Security Council to fulfil its responsibility and find unity on this issue, he said.

"The United States is not asking to choose the investigators, and neither should Russian Federation".

"Why do you need the mechanism, what do you need it for, when you have already appointed the guilty party prior to the investigation?" he asked.

"The United States is again trying to mislead the global community and is making yet one more step toward confrontation", Nebenzia told the 15-member Security Council. Trump on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the attack was established.

"You do not want to hear the fact that no traces of a chemical attack were found in Douma", Nebenzia said.

Last year, the United States launched missile strikes against a Syrian airbase from two navy destroyers after the Syrian Government was alleged to have used chemical weapons, leading to civilian fatalities.

As the showdown between Russian Federation and the United States got underway, Moscow's Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of "planting this resolution" as a "pretext" to justify action against Syria and "taking yet one more step toward confrontation". "It is clear that the provocation step has nothing to do with a desire to investigate what happened".

The council has met four times in the past week on chemical weapons in Syria, with the U.S., Britain and France facing off against Russia, Syrian President Bashar Assad's key ally that insists no chemical attack took place in the Douma suburb. In all, seven members voted against the Russian draft, with six voting in favor.

The vote Tuesday afternoon in the 15-member Security Council was 12 in favor.

It too failed to pass the threshold of nine. The U.S., Britain and France voted against both measures but didn't have to use their vetoes.

Right before the vote on the third text, Swedish Ambassador to the United Nations Olof Skoog requested a suspension of the meeting for extra consultations. "This is very alarming for us", he said.

"The record will not be kind to one permanent member of this council".

The US proposal would have revived the work of a previous panel, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism, that shut down in November when Russian vetoed the renewal of its mandate.

Related News:



Most liked

Australian Muslim Activist Deported From US For Not Having The Right Visa
We're taking off now. "I'm now at the border and they've said I'm being deported". Ms Abdel-Magied, who now lives in London, told her 50,100 Twitter followers U.S.

Watch Mark Zuckerberg Testify Before Congress Live
He's about two billion pounds richer after yesterday's hearing - with Facebook stock (of which he has loads) rocketing in value. The first couple hours of Mark Zuckerberg's Senate testimony Tuesday were, as Time puts it, "tedious".

Azerbaijan CEC: Ilham Aliyev re-elected with 86% of votes
Ilham Aliyev was re-elected in 2008 and 2013 in polls that were denounced by opposition parties as fraudulent. Azerbaijan's future, as its present day, is related to Ilham Aliyev , added Ahmadov.

As Modi lands in Chennai, a message to PM from Kamal Haasan
The message "Go Back Modi", inscribed on the flags, soon became the number one global trend on social media. I'm very sure you are aware of the crisis in Tamil Nadu and the ongoing agitations for Cauvery water.

Trump, Obama, And Other World Leaders Not Invited To Royal Wedding
A Kensington palace spokesperson told royal reporter Richard Palmer that there will be not official guest list for the wedding. She also hopes a ticket can be found for Harriet Taylor, one of the daughters of Jane Tweddle, who also died at the arena.

New York Knicks fire Jeff Hornacek as head coach
Apparently, the New York Rangers aren't the only tenant at Madison Square Garden without a head coach these days. The Knicks finished this season at 29-53, going 5-20 after the season-ending knee injury to Kristaps Porzingis .

BJP chief Amit Shah on two-day tour to poll-bound Karnataka
Modi and other BJP leaders are slated to observe a day-long fast tomorrow to protest the washout due to disruptions by the opposition.

Drumchapel Carpetright to close doors as company cuts costs
We will remain in close contact with all colleagues to keep them fully informed as we move through this process . The firm said the CVA would help it to "address the competitive threat from a position of strength".

Chinese baby born 4 years after parents' death
The case was sparked because China does not have a legal precedent for the parents of couples inheriting their children's embryos. A baby boy has been born in China to a surrogate mother more than four years after the death of his parents in a auto crash.

Manchester City 1, Liverpool 2 (agg. 1-5): Man of the Match
In an Instagram message he wrote: " Champions League - could you guys start using the VAR system next season? ". Roberto Firmino made it 2-1 for Liverpool with 13 minutes remaining.

China Has Installed Military Jamming Equipment in the South China Sea
However, Chinese outposts in the South China Sea are strategically placed near shipping lanes, USA officials have noted. USA warships regularly conduct "freedom of navigation" operations near islands controlled by Beijing.

Cardinals call up Greg Holland prior to Monday night's game
Pham led off the ninth with a homer to left-center that was originally ruled in play but overturned upon review. It would appear to have a good chance to rebound Tuesday night with Carlos Martinez (1-1, 2.84) on the mound.

Cameron golf teams now sit in middle of pack at invites
Ed-Co averaged 174.86 per nine holes as a team a year ago , and 347.33 per 18 holes, finishing 3rd in the Upper Iowa Conference. The Patriots are looking to win their tenth straight conference title this season in coach Marc Shum's a year ago .

Kareena Kapoor Khan-Saif Ali Khan's son Taimur's cutest clicks
So, the actress was asked if she has ever thought of putting a kalateeka on him and she said, "Of course, as a mother I am paranoid".

Bishop of Wellington welcomes end to oil and gas exploration
Not producing in New Zealand simply means other countries will produce it instead and we will have to import it at a higher cost.