Permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, through their veto and veto-threat, prevent the Council from acting on important matters of peace and security that fall within their national interest. Should the veto be eliminated?
In light of the events of the past few days there is clearly a strong case for the reform of the United Nations Security Council. The council has failed in its responsibilities to maintain peace and security.
One regional threat, North Korea, has been made into an international threat to serve Washington’s agenda…that is to keep the American public afraid….
North Korea has been reprimanded by the UN SC for doing nothing illegal and for killing nobody. Is a missile test within a nation’s borders really what the Security Council should be spending its time on?
See Resolution here: un.org/News/Press/docs/2006/sc8778.doc.htm
North Korea: Crisis Grows Over Missile-Test Fears
“Missiles are not illegal. North Korea is not a member of the missile-technology control regime, therefore it pretty much can do as it pleases,” explains Aidan Foster-Carter, a Korea analyst at Britain’s Leeds University.
“It’s just that if you’re going to test a missile, you normally as a matter of courtesy should tell people who are in the way,” Foster-Carter adds. “And in particular, the moratorium was entirely voluntary. It didn’t even have the status of a treaty or a nonbinding agreement or anything between two states.” [/i]
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On the other hand Israel has retaliated to the kidnapping of a few soldiers with extraordinarily disproportionate brutality, killing scores of civilians (in Occupied Palestinian Territory, and Lebanon) and has destroyed essential infrastructure such as power generators and bridges in clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention creating a desperate humanitarian situation for the civilian population (millions of people).
The SC resolution put forward by Qatar was vetoed by The United States.
Ten Council members voted in favor of the text and four abstained ( Denmark, Peru, Slovakia, United Kingdom).
Vetoed draft Resolution: un.org/News/Press/docs/2006/sc8775.doc.htm
The UN SC allows the five permanent members, who hold veto rights, to block resolutions that reflect the will of the majority of council members. mmmm not very democratic…
GlobalPolicy.org has looked at this issue in depth. Towards a Democratic Reform of the UN Security Council