Russian Federation casts 10th United Nations veto on Syria action, blocking inquiry renewal

Frederick Owens
November 17, 2017

Russia, which is Syria's most important ally, has submitted a rival draft resolution on renewing the experts' mandate to the Security Council.

"We are of the view that the JIM report, the seventh report, has been established by a flagrant disregard of [the] basic higher standards of the Chemical Convention, UN Security Council resolutions and previous decisions by the ECE executive council", Shulgin said.

Nebenzia said Monday, "It is important that the JIM is renewed but on an updated mandate because the systemic errors that we saw with the recent report should be corrected, and that's the aim of our resolution".

"Russia is doing everything possible to prevent that from happening", he said.

Russian Federation and the United States have put forward rival draft resolutions on renewing for a year the mandate of the UN-led Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), tasked with identifying perpetrators of Syria's toxic gas attacks.

The Russian-drafted resolution was unlikely to garner the nine votes required for adoption, diplomats said. After the council voted on the USA draft, Bolivia then requested that the body vote on the Russian text.

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday urged all members of the U.N. Security Council to back the renewal of the worldwide inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, saying it was needed to prevent President Bashar al-Assad from using the arms, Reuters reports.

The continuing dispute means that the United Nations Security Council may deadlock over the issue in a vote planned for Thursday, with Russian Federation potentially vetoing a USA proposal after the team's initial report on the sarin gas attack received broad worldwide support.

"Russia has killed the Joint Investigative Mechanism ..."

While Russia agreed to the 2015 creation of the JIM, it has consistently questioned its findings, which also concluded that the Syrian government used chlorine as a weapon several times. "Russian Federation has undermined our ability to deter future attacks", Haley said, accusing Moscow of "playing games" with the council's attempt to renew the chemical weapons investigation.

The United States, Britain and France have insisted that the JIM should be allowed to continue its work and that dozens of other cases of chemical weapons use in Syria must be investigated.

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