Russia vetoes extension of research on chemical attacks in Syria

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Russia vetoed a resolution promoted by the United States to extend the mandate of the team investigating chemical attacks in Syria.

Russia vetoed today (16.11.2017) in the UN Security Council the continuity of the group of international experts that investigates the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The “no” of Russia, which criticizes the methods of the investigation after it held the Syrian regime responsible for several attacks with prohibited weapons, stopped a text promoted by the United States. UU The resolution sought to extend for one year the mandate of the experts, which expires at midnight, and received 11 favorable votes, two abstentions (China and Egypt) and two votes against (Russia and Bolivia).

As a permanent member of the Security Council, Russia can use its veto to avoid a resolution. This was the tenth veto used by Russia in relation to Syria.

Russia had also prepared a draft resolution that extended the investigation, but introduced important changes in its operation to deal with what it considered a partial and politicized mechanism.

“Russia has invented motives”

Russia has “killed” the team that investigated chemical weapons attacks in Syria because it hopes to cover the truth, said the United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, in New York. “Russia has invented reasons not to support a mechanism that it helped to create because it did not like its scientific conclusions,” Haley said. “Russia has killed the Joint Investigation Mechanism, which has the overwhelming support of this Council,” he added.

The US ambassador continued: “Russia believes that the MIC’s work is great when it finds ISIS (Islamic State) responsible for the chemical attacks, but when one of its friends is the perpetrator the problem is suddenly the MIC and not its friend that he committed the crime. ”

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The joint mechanism of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), known by the English acronym of JIM, was launched in 2015 with the support of all powers, including Russia.

Experts have blamed chemical attacks on both the Syrian regime and the Islamic State (IS) in several reports, which in recent months have been widely criticized by Russia.

The latest, released in late October, pointed to Damascus as responsible for the attack of the past to April in the town of Jan Shijún, which left more than 80 dead and led to the US. UU to launch dozens of missiles against the base of the Syrian Army from which, according to Washington, the action was organized.

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