Lithuanian foreign minister speaks for waving veto right at UN Security Council on grave crimes

The event was organised by France and Mexico that are seeking to implement the provision among permanent members of the UN Security Council.

This week Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius is attending events of the UN General Assembly. He expressed his comprehensive support for the French and Mexican initiative and noted its significance in the history of multilateral diplomacy.

According to the foreign minister, disagreements at the UN Security Council on grave crimes, such as genocide or crimes against humanity, cannot be tolerated and contradict the spirit of the UN Charter.

“Exercising the right of veto in case of mass grave crimes is contempt for justice and responsibility – it is contempt for humanity,” said Linkevičius.

Five permanent members of the UN Security Council can exercise the right of veto – the United Sates, the United Kingdom, China, France and Russia. It is the most frequently used by Russia and China. 193 resolutions have been vetoed since the end of the Cold War, 27 since 1990 and 9 since 2005.

On 17 October 2013, Lithuania was elected non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2014-2015.

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