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Ending the Veto that Protects Mass Atrocities

In the United Nations yesterday around 75 nations signed on to a French proposal that the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council refrain from exercising their veto in cases of mass atrocities and genocide.

France's Foreign Minister French Laurent Fabius told reporters:

We hope there will be more commitments to ensure that these situations, like in Syria, where there are mass atrocities and the UN Security Council is paralyzed by a veto, disappear," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters.

The Moscow Times describes UN diplomats as saying "that Britain supports the initiative, while the United States is considering it in a positive light. Both Russia and China, the diplomats say, have suggested they dislike the idea."

Russia and China have used the veto to protect the Assad regime regarding its crimes against humanity.

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