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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syrian investigation

Russia has blocked a Western effort at the UN Security Council to condemn last week's deadly gas attack in Syria and push President Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with international inquiries into the incident.


It was the eighth time during Syria's six-year-old civil war that Russia used its veto power on the Security Council to shield Mr Assad's government.

In the latest veto, Russia blocked a draft resolution backed by the United States, France and Britain to denounce the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun and tell Mr Assad's government to provide access for investigators and information such as flight plans.

China, which has vetoed six resolutions on Syria since the civil war began, abstained from the vote, along with Ethiopia and Kazakhstan.
 [rte.ie]
12/4/17

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