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RWANDA EARNS SPOT ON UN SECURITY COUNCIL, RWANDA, WHICH SHOWS WHY THE VETO EXISTS
October 19 2012
New York, NY – In theory, despite its inability to do a whole lot in the world, the United Nations Security Council is designed to be the body that decides when and where action needs to be taken. In places like Libya, things worked perfectly for literally the first time since the council was formed. In Syria, not so much.
That difficulty is tied very directly to the powers in control of the council. Though it does have fifteen members, five of them are permanent and all have veto power over any decision or action. That veto has been used many times in the past and, in the example of Syria, despite the will of the majority of the members.
That vet power renders the council effectively useless on most matters. While the group may well come to a majority consensus the vet power – wielded by The U.S., France, Britain, Russia, and China – can negate any opportunity for action which is why it really doesn’t matter that Rwanda, of all places, was granted membership on the council which of course doesn’t matter at all because of the veto.
“The contrast could not be sharper between that previous tenure — when a genocidal government occupied a prized Security Council seat as its agents waged genocide back home — and the Rwanda of today: a nation of peace, unity, progress and optimism,” said Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo. “The world is undergoing a period of exciting but uncertain change. Africa is not just growing
economically, but our vision of ourselves and the contribution we can make to the world is also expanding. Over the next two years, we hope to ensure that this new reality is reflected in the way the UN Security Council conducts itself in the 21st century.”
The appointment was objected to by the Democratic Republic of the Congo following a report that Rwanda was funding a rebellion in that country.
Generally speaking, funding independent wars is a no-no for members unless of course they are one of the five permanent members.
“Obviously Rwanda, considering their recent history, is an odd choice to be on the council but sometimes that’s what is need to shake things up and to keep the dialogue around the world alive and vital. No one wants too much weight in only a handful of countries, aside from the veto nations of course,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “In theory, having African nations is a good thing though having one that is waging war in another country is sticky to say the least but at least it doesn’t matter at all really.”
Rwanda was voted to the council without the possibility of veto.
“There is some debate as to whether or not a veto is a good idea and a lot of the times it really isn’t but unless they improve the standards by which people can gain membership they really kind of need it. I mean anyone can get in, clearly,” continued Hander. “If a country like Rwanda had no chance of getting into the council then there would be a better argument for doing away with the veto but since that standard just isn’t there, well, it’s totally valid which sucks I guess for everyone but Rwanda.”
It’s not clear if a spot on the council will do anything at all for the country.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent