The veto power of the permanent members of the United Nation’s Security Council once again came into debate as Russia dismissed a proposal of France asking UNSC permanent members to limit the use of the veto power at least in cases involving mass atrocities that demands action.
The idea behind the proposal was that the permanent members of the UNSC should not use the veto power in the case where mass atrocities are carried out and the situation demands quick action by the UN. This would benefit the victims as UN could extend quick help without making politics on the issue.
France’s idea was welcomed by some 70 non-veto wielding member-states at the United Nations; however, China and the United States have also expressed reservations.
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that it would oppose the proposal as it is not a workable proposition.
He argued that declaring mass atrocities could become a political tool, and raised questions about who would be empowered to make that determination.