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UN Security Council

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL133, tabled on 9 June 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to support negotiations for a voluntary code of conduct in the United Nations Security Council to help prevent the use the veto in situations where mass atrocities are taking place.

Answered on

17 June 2014

There are currently no negotiations for a voluntary code of conduct in the United Nations Security Council to help prevent the use the veto in situations where mass atrocities are taking place. I am of course aware of the proposal put forward by France and think that it offers an important contribution to the wider debate on reform of the Security Council and I welcome the interest that this initiative has created. The United Kingdom wholeheartedly supports the principle that the Security Council must act to stop mass atrocities and crimes against humanity. We cannot envisage circumstances where we would use our veto to block such action.