U.N. vote could "put Russia on the spot" for blocking action on Ukraine

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United Nations — As United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres prepared to conscionable Russia's president successful Moscow to propulsion for a ceasefire successful Ukraine, a caller determination was afoot backmost astatine U.N. office connected Tuesday to item Russia's isolation and to address, symbolically astatine least, the planetary body's inability to halt the war.

The General Assembly was voting Tuesday connected a solution that, if adopted, would bring each usage of a Security Council subordinate nation's veto powerfulness up for scrutiny by the full body. The draught resolution, informally called the "veto initiative," was crafted by Liechtenstein with dozens of cosponsors, including the U.S. and the U.K.

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If adopted, immoderate clip 1 of the Security Council's 5 veto-wielding imperishable members — China, France, Russia, U.S. and U.K. — usage that powerfulness to artifact a solution successful the U.N.'s astir almighty assemblage it would necessitate a gathering of the General Assembly, wherever each U.N. members would beryllium capable to dependable their views connected the veto.

For years Russia has used its veto powerfulness to stymie Security Council resolutions — which, dissimilar General Assembly resolutions, are enforceable nether planetary instrumentality — against its subject tactics successful Ukraine and, earlier that, in Syria.

UN Syria Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia votes connected a solution during a Security Council gathering connected the concern successful Syria, successful an April 14, 2018 record photograph astatine United Nations office successful New York. Mary Altaffer/AP

"We are peculiarly acrophobic by Russia's shameful signifier of abusing its veto privilege implicit the past 2 decades," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, supporting the initiative.

The U.K. Mission lauded the solution arsenic a mode to springiness "the full U.N. rank a dependable connected the usage of a veto."

Christian Wenaweser, Liechtenstein's ambassador to the U.N., said successful a missive to the 193-nation Assembly that the solution was "a meaningful measurement to empower the General Assembly and fortify multilateralism."

Richard Gowan, U.N. manager for the International Crisis Group think-tank, told CBS News the measurement was a "good thought to awesome that determination are existent reputational costs progressive successful utilizing the veto."

"If the veto inaugural succeeds, I fishy that the U.S. oregon its allies volition array a solution demanding alleviation for Mariupol that Russia volition veto," helium said, referring to the besieged city successful confederate Ukraine. "That volition past trigger the caller General Assembly mechanics and enactment Russia connected the spot."

In: War United Nations General Assembly Ukraine Russia United Nations War Crimes Vladimir Putin

Pamela Falk


Pamela Falk is the CBS News analogous covering the United Nations, and an planetary lawyer.

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