Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Three UNSC resolutions on Syria fail; investigators on way

Three UNSC resolutions on Syria fail; investigators on way

According to several media reports, representatives of both nations in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) blocked each other over a move to allow worldwide investigations into chemical attacks in Syria, where a civil war has been on since 2011.

Twelve council members voted in favour, while Bolivia joined Russian Federation in voting against, and China abstained.

Russian Federation first vetoed a US-drafted text to create a mechanism that would have the authority to assign blame for chemical attacks in the war-torn country.

Before the vote, Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia accused the U.S. of pushing for a vote as a pretext for possible use of force against Syria.

As tensions escalate over possible USA -led military reprisals for the suspected attack, the U.N.'s most powerful body remained paralyzed, unable to overcome its deep divisions that have been a hallmark of its debates during the seven years of conflict in Syria.

Before the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said her delegation had tried hard to incorporate the Russian proposals into the draft so long as they did not compromise the impartiality of the investigation.

Russia's United Nations envoy Vasily Nebenzya said the move to reject the compromise draft resolution was "alarming".

The United States spoke against Russia's draft resolution on Syria because it allegedly puts the independence of the investigation into question. Seven members voted against and two abstained. "This is very alarming for us", he said.

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The threats of USA military action against Syria "should make us seriously anxious, all of us", Nebenzia said.

A joint U.N. -OPCW investigative team accused Syria of using chlorine gas in at least two attacks in 2014 and 2015 and the nerve agent sarin in an aerial attack on Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017 that killed about 100 people and affected about 200 others.

Russia's UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia, speaking following its veto, said the United States was attempting to mislead the worldwide community.

Worldwide chemical weapons experts will go Douma to investigate the suspected poison gas attack, their organization said on Tuesday, as the United States and other Western powers consider military action over the incident.

European governments said they will wait for the results of the OPCW investigation and for more solid forensic evidence before taking the next step on the matter. The meeting came says after reports of a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

He said the resolution was trying to recreate the old expert body, whose extension Moscow blocked in November.

The rival Russian resolutions - on a new accountability body and the OPCW fact-finding mission - both failed to get the required nine "yes" votes needed for adoption. Four member states, including the United States and the United Kingdom, voted against.

Yesterday's meeting marked the 12th time Russian Federation has used its veto to block Council action on Syria.

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