SC fails to adopt resolutions on chem-weapons use in Syria

Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria after suspected chemical attack

Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria after suspected chemical attack

A Russian resolution that would have created a new expert body to determine responsibility for the chemical weapons attacks was also rejected.

Six Council members-Bolivia, China, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Russia-voted in favour of the draft while seven against (France, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States) and two abstentions (Cote d'Ivoire and Kuwait). A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.

Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia expressed disappointment at the outcome, arguing that the Russian text was a "repetition" of a Swedish document that was circulated on Monday among council members.

As tensions escalate over possible USA -led military reprisals for the suspected attack, the U.N.'s most powerful body remained paralyzed, unable to overcome its deep divisions that have been a hallmark of its debates during the seven years of conflict in Syria.

After vetoing the first draft resolution presented by the United States, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya votes in favor a second draft resolution presented by Russia for an independent investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria during a Security Council meeting, Tuesday.

The rival resolutions that paralysed the Security Council had small differences that Russian Federation and the West hoped to score points with rather than act on Syria.

Russian Federation on Tuesday vetoed a US -drafted resolution on investigating reports of the recent chemical attack in Douma, a town located northeast of Syrian capital Damascus. "This is very alarming for us", he said.

An alleged chemical attack outside of Damascus Saturday night killed dozens of people and injured hundreds of others.

"The United States is again trying to mislead the worldwide community and is taking yet one more step toward confrontation", Nebenzia said.

"The threats you are proffering that you're stating vis-a-vis Syria should make us seriously anxious, all of us, because we could find ourselves on the threshold of some very sad and serious events", Nebenzia told US Ambassador Nikki Haley.

The U.S. and its allies in the worldwide arena have already determined the guilty party, Nebenzia said, claiming they "were simply looking for a pretext" to take action against Bashar al-Assad.

"You do not want to hear the fact that no traces of a chemical attack were found in Douma", Nebenzia said. The latter attack led to a USA airstrike on a Syrian airfield.

Had one of the two mechanisms proposed in the drafts been approved, it could have filled the vacuum left by the Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) when its mandate expired last November.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna, reporting from the United Nations headquarters in NY, said that this was "the 12th Russian veto in relation to events in Syria since the beginning of the war in Syria".

Nebenzia said two groups of OPCW experts could be on the ground "as early as this week".

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