Russia vetoes UN condemning Srebrenica as genocide

Russia vetoes UN resolution calling 1995 Srebrenica tragedy 'a crime of genocide'

Russia vetoes UN condemning Srebrenica as genocide

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Wednesday that would have condemned the Srebrenica massacre as a genocide to mark the 20th anniversary of the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

China, Nigeria, Angola and Venezuela abstained and the remaining 10 members of the council voted in favor. The vote was delayed a day as Britain and the United States tried to persuade Russia not to veto the resolution, which would have also condemned denial of the 1995 massacre as a genocide.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin deemed the British-drafted resolution "not constructive, confrontational and politically motivated." Russia had instead proposed condemning "the most serious crimes of concern to the international community."

"Our vote against ... will not however mean that we are deaf to the sufferings of the victims of Srebrenica and other areas of Bosnia Herzegovina," Churkin said before the vote, adding that such a resolution would lead to greater regional tension.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Temmuz 2015, 18:32