NEW YORK - US overcomes China’s Veto threat at UN Security Council over Afghanistan Mission extension.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to extend a UN political mission in Afghanistan after last-minute talks overcame a Chinese threat to veto if there was no mention of Beijing's global Belt and Road infrastructure project in the resolution.
The project was not mentioned in the resolution drafted by Germany and Indonesia and which was adopted by the 15-member council.
“To our regret a few countries refused to keep the text of consensus previously agreed,” said China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun, describing the adopted resolution as a technical rollover.
Previous resolutions in 2016, 2017 and 2018 included a reference welcoming and urging efforts like China’s Belt and Road initiative to facilitate trade and transit, but in March the US and some other council members said they would no longer accept that language.
The council agreed then to a six month rollover of the mandate of the UN mission, known as UNAMA, and that expires on Tuesday. A planned vote on Monday was delayed to Tuesday to allow for further negotiations as diplomats said China had signaled it was prepared to veto the text.