The decision by western countries to put to a vote at the UN Security Council an uncoordinated draft resolution on Syria was wrong and will negatively tell on talks between Damascus and the opposition, China’s UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi said on Tuesday.
“The draft resolution was proposed for a vote in the situation when attempts to bring the positions closer failed. This is a wrong approach to having the problem of chemical weapons in Syria settled,” the diplomat said.
“It does not encourage the process underway in Geneva and the political process in Syria on the whole,” China’s permanent representative to the UN said.
Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution to impose sanctions on Syria over chemical attacks allegedly carried out by Damascus.
The document initiated by the UK, the US and France scored nine votes, or a minimum number necessary to adopt a document. So, Russia and China had to use their right to veto.
Along with Russia and China, Bolivia voted against the draft resolution, while Egypt, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia abstained.