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Preventing UN Security Council from becoming a rubber stamp

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

14:20, February 08, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The Arab Spring, a wave of revolutions originating in Tunisia, has spread quickly to entire West Asia and North Africa, and surprised Western powers. After brief hesitation, Western powers saw a rare opportunity to expand their strategic interests, and thus decided to take firm control of the situation.

In this context, it is easy to understand the West's stance on the Syrian crisis, and to predict its next move. The West is likely to cling to its old way of resolving such crisis. After a related Security Council draft resolution was blocked, Western countries unilaterally increased the pressure on the Syrian government, and said that they will bypass the Security Council.

Certain countries only show superficial respect for the United Nations, but have no real respect for it. They merely want to use the Security Council as a rubber stamp. If their resolution passes, they will gain legitimacy for their actions. However, if their resolution is blocked, they will condemn those who vote against the resolution, and do whatever they want regardless.

"There is no such thing as the United Nations. There is only the international community, which can only be led by the only remaining superpower, which is the United States," said John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

However, the United Nations' status cannot be changed by a few individuals. Not only the founding of the United Nations originated from the consideration of the human race's survival and extinction, but also the global multi-polarization determines that the United Nations will play a more important role in the system of international relations.

The UN Security Council shoulders the responsibility of maintaining the international peace and security given by the Charter of United Nations, and only the UN Security Council's decision is legally binding.

Insisting on democratic discussions and reaching agreements by negotiations is the spirit advocated by the Charter of the United Nations. From the development history of the United Nations, it could be seen that the spirit has great significance for safeguarding the United Nation's authority. Without the principle of reaching agreements by negotiations, the United Nations will have no authority.

We must not allow that the UN Security Council turns into a rubber stamp that some country can use freely at its will. That not only means being responsible for the current international peace and security but also means promoting the global multi-polarization and making practical contributions to a more reasonable international order of the future.

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wende at 2012-02-0971.255.83.*
What had China done when Libya"s resolution 1970 and 1973 were twisted to suit the wishes of the west to bring down Kadhafy? This type of action should be condemned and China should have brought that in the UN. UN is now a puppet of US and the west.
Canada at 2012-02-0970.36.49.*
"Certain countries only show superficial respect for the United Nations, but have no real respect for it. They merely want to use the Security Council as a rubber stamp. If their resolution passes, they will gain legitimacy for their actions. However, if their resolution is blocked, they will condemn those who vote against the resolution, and do whatever they want regardless" sums it up perfectly. China & Russia need to stop the UN from being turned into imperialism"s rubber stamp. NATO"s war & bombing of Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, & Libya has been a humanitarian disaster. It"s time they owned up to the disasters they"ve caused & turn to dialogue to resolve disputes. NATO countries have spent billions killing people. It needs to stop.
  

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