Russia’s Persistence in the Security Council Doesn’t Ignore War Crimes

On the last day of March 2005, I sat in the ambassador’s office at our UN mission in New York, waiting for a call. My US counterpart called me to see if they could accept the final changes we proposed to a UN resolution or if they would have to veto it. With relief and excitement, we learned that the United States would accept the text, which became UNSCR 1593, which referred the situation in Darfur (Sudan) to the International Criminal Court (ICC), bringing it to court. Firstly.

ussia, then a permanent member of the Security Council, voted in favor of that resolution. Who would have thought that 17 years later, the United Kingdom, Ireland and dozens of other UN member states would vote to put Russia on the ICC docket for its aggression in Ukraine? In September 2005, Russia voted to create the United Nations Human Rights Council. Who would have thought it would be subject to condemnation by the council last week for its actions in a neighboring state? A permanent member of the UN’s highest body, actually its president until a few days ago, has become an internationally renowned, well-meaning figure. Russia’s Persistence in the Security Council Doesn’t Ignore War Crimes

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