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MOSCOW, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s high-ranking diplomat has said France’s initiative on giving up the right of veto by permanent members of the UN Security Council in cases of genocide and large-scale violations of human rights is counter-productive.
“We believe that on this stage such proposal would be counter-productive. France’s initiative has no legal competence,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.
“Firstly, it is difficult to determine what ‘large-scale violations or genocide’ mean. This is a rather delicate issue that should be debated within the UN,” he said.
“In many cases, the right of veto helped adopt balanced resolutions by avoiding politization or other actions that damage any country,” Gatilov said.
“The right of veto played a positive role. We believe that the right of veto, the only privilege for UN Security Council permanent members, should be preserved in the future,” he said.