United Nations rejects Russian resolution seeking condemnation air strikes on Syria

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 16, 2018

The UN Security Council on Saturday rejected Russian resolution condemning joint airstrikes by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom on Syria.

The Russia-drafted resolution won three votes at the Security Council, far below the nine votes required for adoption.

China and Bolivia voted in favor of the resolution, while the U.S., U.K., France, Sweden, Poland, Ivory Coast, Kuwait and the Netherlands opposed it.

Peru, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea abstained.

As reported by China's state media Xinhua China's UN representative Ma Zhaoxu said that the current situation in Syria is perilous in a UN Security Council meeting called by Russian Federation to discuss the on-going Syria war and the recent chemical attack in the region.

At a council meeting on Friday, the United States, Britain and France made the case for military action, arguing that President Bashar Assad's forces had used toxic gases multiple times in violation of worldwide law.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley countered this claims, telling the council "there is clear information demonstrating Assad's culpability".

"Russia condemns attack against Syria".

"I spoke to the President [Donald Trump] this morning and he said if the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded".

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the United States and its allies "continue to put global politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making, — myths invented in London, Paris and Washington". Britain's UN Ambassador Karen Pierce blamed Russian Federation for repeatedly vetoing resolutions on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said the United Kingdom took military action "to save lives", on the legal basis of "humanitarian intervention". He accused the allies of violating the U.N. Charter and global law.

Earlier on Saturday, Macron gave the green light to the French military to join the United States and Britain in an operation targeting "clandestine chemical arsenal" in Syria. And it would establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks, call for a cease-fire in Syria, unimpeded access for all humanitarian aid, and an urgent resumption of negotiations on a political settlement.

The measure will instruct the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to report within 30 days on whether Syria has fully disclosed its chemical weapons stockpile.

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