Jordan to push for end of use of veto in Security Council for war crimes

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Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

Jordan will campaign for members of the Security Council not to use their veto power when faced with decisions on genocide war crimes or crimes against humanity.

Jordan assumed the presidency of the Council for the month of January on Monday.

The country's representative Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein says his country will continue to work for the reform of the Security Council in particular when it comes to the veto, which is held by five permanent members of the 15-member Council.

"We believe that there should not be a use of veto in certain situations where there is genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. And in this context, we welcome very warmly the initiative by the government of France to declare a similar position and we hope that this is a position that can be built upon." (25")

Jordan is beginning its two-year term as one of the ten members of the Security Council which are elected by the General Assembly.

The five permanent members with a veto power are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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