Nations urged to share responsibility for stopping genocide

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Mogens Lykketoft (Denmark), President of the UN General Assembly's seventieth session. UN Photo/Mark Garten

It's the responsibility of all nation states to prevent atrocities, said the President of the UN General Assembly on Friday.

Speaking at the launch of an initiative which aims to prevent mass atrocities and genocide, Mogens Lykketoft said the voluntary code of conduct would put pressure on the UN Security Council to improve its response.

Matthew Wells reports:

The General Assembly President said that the Security Council needed to respond better to the threat of genocide or mass-atrocities in the future.

Although the new code of conduct is just a voluntary commitment, he said it would put pressure on the Council to act, and hopefully prevent situations like the Rwandan genocide of the early 1990s.

He pointed to the pledge not to vote against "credible" draft resolutions, and said it was an important step towards influencing permanent Council members not to use their veto power, in situations involving mass-atrocity crimes.

So far, 92 member states have committed to the new code, and more are expected to follow.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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