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United Nations Security Council

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the vetoes in the Security Council used on (a) 17 May 1995, (b) 30 June 2002, (c) 14 December 2001, (d) 27 March 2001, (e) 21 March 1997, (f) 7 March 1997, (g) 10 January 1997, (h) 11 May 1993 and (i) 2 December 1994. [98330]

The US vetoes on 17 May 1995, 7 March 1997, 21 March 1997, 27 March 2001, 14 December 2001 were in respect of the Israel/Palestine situation.The US veto on 30 June 2002 was in respect of Bosnia and Herzegovina.The other vetoes listed were not by the US:The veto on 11 May 1993 was by Russia in respect of Cyprus.

The veto on 2 December 1994 was by Russia in respect of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The veto on 10 January 1997 was by China in respect of Central America.

The Government believe that the veto should be used with restraint, and in a manner consistent with the principles of the UN Charter.