Remark by Ambassador Vassily A. Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, at the Security Council after the vote on the Bolivian draft resolution on the Joint Investigation Mechanism mandate in Syria
I will be brief. I actually forgot to mention three issues that I think it is important to mention today. I would first like to sincerely thank you, Mr. President, for your stewardship of today’s meeting. It has been difficult, but you managed to conduct it in truly presidential fashion. Secondly, I should recall something that I forgot to mention, which is that our alternative draft resolution (S/2017/933) was not submitted yesterday but has been before the Council since 7 November.
Lastly, I would like to note, which I omitted to earlier, that while Bolivia clearly does not need Russia’s protection, it does need support. In my view, the United States representative’s accusations of a lack of transparency with regard to today’s process on the part of the representative of Bolivia were completely unjustified. Regrettably, we saw far less transparency in today’s voting process displayed by our counterparts in the negotiations.