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China and Russia veto draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 1:14am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 1:14am
 

China and Russia yesterday vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for crimes committed by both sides in the three-year civil war.

Western powers pressed for the resolution in the face of mounting atrocities in Syria, including chemical attacks, systematic torture, barrel bombings and blocked aid access.

It was the fourth time China and Russia had blocked Western resolutions on the conflict, paralysing Security Council efforts to end a war estimated to have killed more than 160,000 people.

The 13 other members of the council voted in favour and Western powers rounded on China and Russia for protecting not just the Syrian regime but also opposition "terrorist groups".

The text, drawn up by France, was sponsored by 60 countries. Syria is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court so only the Security Council can decide whether to refer war crimes or crimes against humanity on its territory to the court.

Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin on Wednesday dismissed the French initiative as a "publicity stunt".

Western diplomats said China is embarrassed but was reluctant to oppose Russia again after abstaining from a resolution denouncing the separatist referendum in Crimea in March.

London-based rights group Amnesty International accused China and Russia of displaying "chilling disregard" for victims in Syria.

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shuike
Kick them out? So the US/West can make their own rules to invade, bomb, kill men, women children as they are now doing IN OTHER PEOPLE's country? Like one of the commenter said, why is the US/West supplying arms, money & support to the rebels who are even more atrocious in their war crimes (look at YouTube videos)?
I Gandhi
The first thing the UN security council should do is to refer the war-criminals George Bush, Cheney, Tony Blair to the International Criminal Court for war crimes committed in Iraq.
How About
"The text, drawn up by France, was sponsored by 60 countries. Syria is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court so only the Security Council can decide whether to refer war crimes or crimes against humanity on its territory to the court." Mmm, a very inclusive world if Syria is not in the ICC, the UNSC can compel it to.
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If war crimes have been committed by both sides, why are the West supporting the rebels with guns to further the conflict?
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ennoun
Surprise, surprise. China and Russia once again fail to support appropriate actions introduced by the majority of members. Doesn't matter what the other UN Security Council members suggest, these two "Siamese twins" always take an opposing view. Sad, but what does one expect from these two misguided and self serving "Dictator" and "Quasi-Dictator" led countries? Hard to take them seriously.....Kick them off the council and do the world a big favour since they do not provide any useful, "open minded" position or purpose.

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