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UN Member States Comment on the Veto


Chile Proposal on Eventual Elimination of the Veto
A statement by Chile in the GA Working Group on SC Reform that discusses a proposal to eliminate the veto by 2030. (25 June 1998)

Not Unexpectedly, So China Comes in Defense of the Veto
Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative Shen Guofang to the GA Working Group on the Security Council. (23 April 1998)

Colombian Ambassador's Harsh Words on the Veto
Amb. Luis Fernando Jaramillo commenting on the veto at NGO Conference in May 1994, links to section of a longer speech.

Egypt Proposes Restrictions on Use of the Veto
Speaking for the Non-Aligned Movement, Egypt reviews previous UN discussions about the use of the veto and urges that steps be taken towards Charter-based restriction of circumstances in which a veto can legitimately be used. (20 May 1996)

Mexico Raps the Veto
A very critical statement with revealing historical information, from the meeting of the Working Group on the Reform of the Security Council on 21 April 1998. Also includes a proposal (dating from May 1996) to restrict the use of the veto.

New Zealand's Criticism of the Veto
Statement by Ambassador Colin Keating to the GA Working Group on the Security Council (23 May 1996). See also another strong statement in the reform Working Group on 21 April 1998.

Russia Vetoes the Abolition of the Veto (March 24, 1999)
While supporting efforts to expand the Security Council, the Russian Federation makes clear its view on keeping the vetoes.

The United States Defends the Veto
Statement by Minister Counselor Cameron Hume to the GA Working Group on the Security Council. (23 May 1996)

Uruguay Proposal on General Assembly and the Veto
A brief plan proposing that the GA have the right to curb the power of the veto under certain circumstances. (17 June 1996)

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