US, China and Russia should end 'pernicious' Security Council vetoes: UN chief

A damaged building in the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, in the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, USA Feb 26, 2018, 09.20 AM (IST)

UN rights chief Antonio Guterres urged US, China, and Russia to end "pernicious" Security Council vetoes while condemning the "prolific slaughterhouses" in Syria and other conflicts

The UN secretary-general also demanded that a Security Council resolution for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria be "immediately implemented and sustained." 

The UN chief stressed that "Security Council resolutions are only meaningful if they are effectively implemented, and that is why I expect the resolution to be immediately implemented and sustained."

UN members approved a ceasefire in Syria on Saturday after weeks of wrangling over the issue. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had earlier called the conflict  "Hell on Earth".

The resolution was stuck after Russia demanded that the rebel group fighting President Bashar al-Assad's forces also comply with the resolution. After protracted talks, the resolution was finally passed unanimously ensuring a 30-day ceasefire in the war-torn country.

The Syrian military forces have not commented on the resolution so far.

In November, Russia had used its veto to end a UN-backed investigation of chemical weapons in Syria.

In May last year, Russia, Iran and Turkey had signed an agreement to set up de-escalation zones, in order to prevent airstrike-related incidents in some parts of Syria.