Ads Top

Russia fails in U.N. bid to condemn U.S.-led strikes on Syria

A Russian bid for the United Nations
Security Council to condemn U.S.,
British and French air strikes on
Syria over a suspected chemical
weapons attack failed on Saturday
after only China and Bolivia joined
Russia to vote in favor of a draft
resolution.

Russian Ambassador to the
United Nations Vasily
Nebenzya speaks after
Members of the United Nations
Security Council voted against
a Russian resolution
condemning 'aggression'
against Syria by the U.S. and
its allies during an emergency
meeting on Syria at the U.N.
headquarters in New York,
U.S., April 14, 2018.
The 15-member council met on
Saturday, at Russia’s request, the
fifth time it has met on Syria since a
suspected deadly poison gas attack in
the Syrian town of Douma a week
ago. The United States, France and
Britain fired 105 missiles overnight
in retaliation, targeting Syria’s
chemical weapons program.
“Why didn’t you wait for the outcome
of the investigation you called for?”
Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily
Nebenzia said after the vote. He
accused the United States, France and
Britain of “demonstrating a blatant
disregard for international law.”
“I hope hot heads will cool down and
that will be it,” he told reporters.

United States Ambassador to
the United Nations Nikki Haley
and Karen Pierce, UK
Ambassador to the United
Nations vote against a Russian
resolution condemning
'aggression' against Syria by
the U.S. and its allies during an
emergency United Nations
Security Council meeting on
Syria at the U.N. headquarters
in New York, U.S., April 14,
2018. International investigators from the
global chemical weapons watchdog
are in Syria and were due to start
their inquiry on Saturday into the
suspected toxic gas attack. Russia and
Syria have said there was no
evidence of a chemical weapons
attack.
The United States, France and Britain
defended their military action as
legal during the Security Council
meeting.

“We are confident that we have
crippled Syria’s chemical weapons
program. We are prepared to sustain
this pressure, if the Syrian regime is
foolish enough to test our will,” U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations
Nikki Haley said.
“If the Syrian regime uses this poison
gas again, the United States is locked
and loaded,” Haley said.
During an address to the Security
Council, U.N. Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres urged all states “to
show restraint in these dangerous
circumstances and to avoid any acts
that could escalate matters and
worsen the suffering of the Syrian
people.”
Eight countries voted against the
Russian-drafted text on Saturday,
while Peru, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and
Equatorial Guinea abstained. A
resolution needs nine votes in favor
and no vetoes by Russia, China,
France, Britain or the United States
to pass.
The council failed on Tuesday to
approve three draft resolutions on
chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
Russia vetoed a U.S. text, while two
Russian-drafted resolutions failed to
get a minimum nine votes to pass.
France, the United States and Britain
planned to put forward a new draft
resolution aimed at dismantling
Syria’s chemical weapons program,
wiping out terrorism, demanding a
ceasefire across Syria and finding a
political solution to the conflict,
French U.N. Ambassador Francois
Delattre told the council on Saturday.

No comments:

Copyright, ECO CITY REPORTERS - 2016 . Powered by Blogger.