NEW YORK – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting to debate a British draft resolution on Srebrenica has been postponed until 9 p.m. CET, UN Security Council President Gerard van Bohemen said Tuesday.
Previously, China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, proposed to postpone the vote on the resolution until all members of the UNSC reached consensus.
The UNSC meeting was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., and was first adjourned until 5 p.m. CET.
China’s Foreign Ministry told Serbia that its position on the vote on the draft resolution was that it should be postponed until consensus is reached by all UNSC members.
China believes that the proposed document does not contribute to the reconciliation in the region, and points out that not even all nations living in BiH find it acceptable.
Russia did not table its own resolution proposal. However, citing diplomatic sources, the AFP news agency reports Russia as telling council members that it plans to use its veto to block the British one.
AFP said the meeting had been delayed after the United States and Russia had held urgent talks on the draft resolution put forward by Britain.
Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Petr Iliichev described the draft document as “divisive” and focused on just “part of the conflict.”
Serbian and Republika Srpska officials said the draft resolution on Srebrenica was “anti-Serbian” and completely unacceptable.