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Divided UN fails to agree response to Syria chemical weapons use

Divided UN fails to agree response to Syria chemical weapons use

A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the USA to pass.

The council voted two more times on draft texts put forward by Russian Federation, but both measures failed to garner the 9 votes required for adoption, laying bare divisions at the top United Nations body over Syria. A veto can only be cast if a draft wins at least nine votes.

Before the vote, Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia accused the USA of pushing for a vote as a pretext for possible use of force against Syria. Resolutions drafted by each country have been rejected at the UN Security Council.

"I would once again ask you, once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you are now developing for Syria", he said.

The US proposal calls for establishing an independent investigative mechanism to conduct on-site inspections to find out who used chemical weapons.

Russian Federation proposed its own plan to send investigators to the site of the alleged attack.

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"I would once again ask you, once again beseech you, to refrain from the plans that you're now developing for Syria", he said after the council failed to approve a third draft resolution on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

12 of the 15 council members backed the measure, including France, Britain, African countries, Kazakhstan and Kuwait.

The U.S. -led resolution, vetoed by Russia's United Nations envoy, would have condemned the use of chemical weapons and established a panel to determine responsibility for their alleged use in Syria.

The two Russian draft resolutions won 6 and 5 votes respectively.

Bolivia voted against the draft resolution, while China abstained.


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