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Russia will "veto" UNSC draft on Syria

(DP-News - agencies)

United Nations- Russia Today TV Channel quoted Churkin as saying, " Any hint to Chapter VII in Western draft resolution will be totally unacceptable to Moscow", pledging that Russia will use veto against it.


The Russian Envoy pointed out to a Russian decision prepared by his country to vote for at the Security Council with regard to Russia's readiness to adopt a draft resolution that would expand the mission of UNSMIS in Syria.



Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin described a draft resolution by his western colleagues on the situation in Syria as "stepping stone" for a military intervention "Iraq style" and vowed to veto it.





Churkin, in an out from an informal Council meeting to discuss a western draft resolution on Syria under Chapter 7, told reporters waiting outside "I don't see any point in my personal participation in this. I made it very clear that Chapter 7 reference in draft resolution is absolutely unacceptable to us." He said they "want to attach their individual political agendas, then they don't want that Mission to continue,"



In reference to the UN Supervision in Syria (UNSMIS) whose mandate expires on July 20. Council Western members circulated a draft resolution, under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, that would renew UNSMIS mandate for 45 days and threaten to impose sanctions on Damascus if it does not pull its heavy weapons from the streets in 10 days from the adoption of the resolution.



"I made it very clear that we are going to vote against their draft and we are not going to be the only one," he indicated, adding "This is seen by some as a stepping stone for military intervention. It is not in line with Geneva communique of June 30," adding "their idea is to get rid of the monitoring Mission."



"We are not going to share the responsibility for what's going to happen in Syria. They were asking for Security Council authorization for the invasion of Iraq (in 2003). They didn't get. They are not going to get authorization of the invasion of Syria this time around," he stressed.



"This is their decision to make, but it is counter-productive and wrong and I don't want to participate in that. We are not interested in discussing their text," he said. "We don't want to engage in some kind of diplomatic competition in the Security Council. This is a serious matter, and the task we have is very simple and this is to extend the UN monitoring Mission."



He speculated that the situation can develop in three ways: "a protracted sectarian and civil conflict, a massive military intervention along the Iraqi scenario and the third is dialogue and implement what was said in the Geneva communique."



But, he added, "if you set the goal of changing regime by force no matter what, you have your geo-political agenda, then you do what you have to do. But it they want us to approve of their sanctions and policy of forcible regime change, this is not going to happen."



He said there is a Russian draft on the table as well which is now in blue, ready for a vote. "We are prepared to go for a simple draft resolution which would extend the mandate of the UN monitors," he said.



He also indicated that one new element in the Russian draft is to start dealing from one locality to another, to arrange synchronized separation of government and opposition forces, as proposed by President al-Assad to Annan during his most recent visit. "That would be a new way to change the dynamic of the situation," he said.



According to US sources, the Russian draft does not have nine votes.



Earlier on Monday and as Ambassador filed into the Security Council to discuss Syria and the impending expiration of the UN Mission's mandate there, French Permanent Representative Gerard Araud stopped and told the press, "Chapter Seven will stay in the text."

This is a draft provision which would impose sanctions on the Syrian government if it did not comply in ten days.



Minutes later, Russian Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin came out of the Security Council and told the Press that he was leaving his Deputy Pankin in the meeting, since the UK Ambassador insisted they would talk about the draft with Chapter Seven still in it. We will not accept Chapter 7, he said, "it is absolutely unacceptable to us."

Churkin added, "I made it very clear we are going to vote against this resolution."

Inner City Press asked Churkin if Russia would call a vote on its draft, which would extend the UNSMIS mission but under the softer Chapter 6 of the UN Charter, with no sanctions.



Churkin said he didn't want to set off a competition of voting: "we don't want to engage in some kind of diplomatic competition in the Security Council, this is a serious matter."



Churkin said if a vote is called on a draft with Chapter 7 in it, Russia "will not be the only one" to vote against it.



The voting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 18 at United Nations Security Council. Moscow suggests extending a mandate of UN observers in Syria for 3 more months to seek a ceasefire between the sides involved in the conflict which meets an agreement reached in Geneva in late June.



The Russian project is opposed by the UK, the US, France and Germany who all insist on military intervention in Syria.



Russia`s President Vladimir Putin and the UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan are discussing the Syrian crisis in Moscow on Tuesday.

Visitors Comments          Number of Comments (2)
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The Shame of Russia
Steve            7/18/2012 12:31:23 PM
How can Putin look himself in the mirror? Supporting a vile murderer, then takes one to know one I guess.
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UN lost souls
alan watts            7/18/2012 12:25:36 PM
Basically the UN doesn,t exist in the eyes of the world,American government lead by G W Bush jr saw to that on the invasion of iraq.So what annan and his loser mates are doing is just getting paid for something that they have no power to stop, they should now get a real job or retire on their million dollar savings they have, they are no longer relevant ask american politicians The UN was once a powerful organisation but has shown over recent years that it hasn,t got the backing needed to survive.This was shown as stated earlier when america told them that they were useless and invaded iraq and if the UN had credentials they would have wanted war crimes applied to the american invasion yet they didn,t or chose not to so in the eyes of the world they are and were as bad as AMERICA is
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