Explanation of Vote on a Proposal to Delay Consideration of a Draft UNSC Resolution to Extend the Mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism

Ambassador Michele J. Sison
U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
October 24, 2017

AS DELIVERED

Thank you, Mr. President.

We will not agree with Russia’s procedural proposal. We, the U.S., want the JIM vote to take place today. The JIM needs to be renewed now, as soon as possible, in a non-politicized way to keep its important work on track without interruption. There is no time to waste.

It’s not every day that this Council considers an issue that is so horrific and so shocking to the conscience as the use of chemical weapons against civilians. We need to keep this important work of the JIM on track.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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