No way: U.S., Russia object altering UN Security Council veto right

13:21 Nov. 8, 2016

U.S., Russia object altering UN Security Council veto right

The United Nations Security Council votes during a meeting on North Korea, Thursday, March 24, 2016

Despite all defects, only minor changes are proper for the UN Security Council, top diplomats say

Russia and the United States oppose changing veto mechanism at the UN Security Council, the UNIAN agency reports on Tuesday. 

The two nations  possess the veto right as the UN Security Council permanent members, along with China, the United Kingdom and France. Washington would support substantiated propositions on the marginal inclusion of new permanent or non-permanent members to the Council, the US representative Michelle Sison noted in her letter. 

Nevertheless, the U.S. shows no support for "any enlargement or altering of the veto right", the agency notes. 

Moscow also admits the necessity of increasing number of nations represented in the Security Council, although stresses that any altering of the existing model of veto right for permanent member states is unacceptable. 

"Any ideas leading to discriminating current permanent Security Council members prerogatives, including the veto right, are unacceptable for us", the Russian representative at the UN Vladimir Safronkov said.

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Earlier, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra'ad spoke in favour of limiting the veto right for the permanent UN Security Council member states. The veto right must be limited during the resolving of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity cases. 

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