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China signals veto in standoff with US over Afghan UN mission

Published : Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 68

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 17: China and the United States are deadlocked over a U.N. resolution to extend a mission in Afghanistan, with Beijing signalling it will cast a veto because there is no reference to its Belt and Road project, diplomats said on Monday.
A planned vote on Monday by the 15-member Security Council to renew the U.N. mission, known as UNAMA, was delayed to Tuesday to allow for more negotiations. The mission's mandate expires on Tuesday.
To pass, a resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the United States, China, France, Russia and Britain.
Ahead of the postponement, diplomats said China was expected to veto a resolution - drafted by Germany and Indonesia - that did not include a reference to its global Belt and Road infrastructure       project.
China's U.N. mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
China was then planning to propose a vote on a short draft resolution, known as a technical rollover, to allow the mission to keep operating, diplomats said. But they added it could fail to get the nine votes needed to pass because several council members were considering abstaining.    -Reuters










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