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Russia Trumps Syrian Chemical Inquiry at the United Nations

Russia yesterday trumped a United Nations (UN) Security Council (SC) resolution that would have established a new investigative mechanism to identify those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria - Russia's twelfth veto of resolutions concerning Syria since the start of the eight-year-old war.

Drafted by the United States (US), the resolution would have filled the vacuum left by the expired mandate of the Organization for Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM). That investigative means expired last November, according to the UN website. 

Russia, having super veto power at the UNSC, killed yesterday's draft with a "no" vote.

And in fairness to Russia, it's competing resolution on Syria was also defeated yesterday and so was a third it put forward concerning the work of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM).

Thus, it remains clear that under the present structure of the UN Security Council regarding super veto power, it becomes increasingly difficult to accomplish world peace unless all powers are on the same side. 

Therefore, the hour must be approaching for reforms within the UN to right the impotence of the international body to achieve peace and transparency in conflicts.