Remarks on a Russian Proposal to Change the Voting Order of Two Draft UN Security Council Resolutions on the Joint Investigative Mechanism

Ambassador Nikki Haley
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
November 16, 2017


Thank you Mr. President, members of the Council. I would like to read the first part of rule 32: “principal motions and draft resolutions shall have precedence in the order of their submission.” What we have here, Mr. President, is my Russian friends have chosen to once again say they go according to process, except for when it applies to something they don’t like. What we have to do is go according to process. Rule 32 says exactly how this order should be, and we don’t need the Russians coming in and saying “well we don’t like the answer to this so we want you to change it.” I think that this Council needs to have discipline, stay with rule 32, and we need to take the politics out of this situation. Thank you.