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Right of veto in UN guarantees against erosion of sovereignty – deputy FM

April 09, 2012, 12:26 UTC+3
The idea of external intervention is often camouflaged with the ideals of human rights
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MOSCOW, April 9 (Itar-Tass) —— The erosion of state sovereignty is unacceptable and the right of veto in the UN Security Council is a guarantee against this, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Monday.

“The authority of the UN Security Council must be impeccable,” the diplomat said. “The veto is not a privilege and not an instrument of pressure, but a guarantee of making balanced decisions.”

UN Security Council’s resolutions must be implemented strictly, without any loose interpretations, he said.

“We have been able to see other trends, particularly so, in Libya,” Gatilov said. “The UN Security Council’s mandate was misinterpreted. The code of conduct in handling internal conflicts is becoming ever more crucial in that connection. Moscow believes that the erosion of the sovereignty of states is impermissible.”

The idea of external intervention, he said, is often camouflaged with the ideals of human rights.

“However, in reality this is a scenario for the replacement of unwanted regimes,” Gatilov said. “The artificial populism of the concept of the ‘responsibility to protect’ is used for attaining specific political aims.”

“A reform of the United Nations should be not an end but a means of enhancing effectiveness,” Gatilov said. “Any decisions should be consensus-based.”



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