UN to Debate Limiting Veto Power of Security Council Members

Liechtenstein is set to convene the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to debate its proposal to require the five permanent members of the Security Council to justify their use of the veto.

The proposal revives an old idea that permanent members should cut back their use of veto powers, following Russia’s use of the privilege to stop the Security Council’s intervention in its invasion of Ukraine.

The Security Council’s five members are the United States, China, France, Britain, and Russia. The U.S. and some 50 other countries including Ukraine have backed the proposal.

The resolution calls for the General Assembly to convene “within 10 working days of the casting of a veto by one or more permanent members of the Security Council, to hold a debate on the situation as to which the veto was cast.”

France will vote in favor of the proposal, a source told the AFP news agency. Britain, China, and Russia are still unclear with their vote.

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