United Nations Security Council paralysed with Russia’s and China’s vetoes

The delegations of Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations resolution to apply sanctions on Syrian government over the use of chemical weapons during the almost six-year war in the country.

The resolution, which was supported by dozens of states, makes clear the wide divisions that are still latent between Russia and the Trump administration, even when both countries promised to improve ties.

Britain and France proposed it some months ago and it has been the seventh Security Council resolution that the Russian delegation has vetoed in support of President Bashar al-Assad since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.

The American ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, accused Russia and China of putting “their friends in the Assad regime ahead of our global security”. On the other hand, Vladimir Putin has reinforced his opposition, adding that penalties enforced by the Security Council will only obstruct Geneva’s diplomatic attempts to end hostilities in Syria.

UNESCO ratifies new contentious resolution on Jerusalem

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Committee has approved a resolution on the status of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls. The international body agreed to maintain the place on the list of endangered world heritage and criticized Israel for its continuous rejection to let the UNESCO’s experts enter Jerusalem’s holy sites to verify their conservation condition.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list is known for its work in emphasizing sites of historic and cultural importance and endangered global heritage. The Old City of Jerusalem have been on UNESCO’s endangered list since 1982.

This resolution is the latest of diverse measures taken over decades and Israelis see it as another significant proof of inherent anti-Israel tendency within the United Nations. It was passed by the Committee’s 21 member countries from which ten voted for, two against, eight abstained and one was absent. Neither Israel, the U.S. nor Palestine is on the World Heritage Committee.

Israel suspended ties with UNESCO earlier this month over a similar resolution.