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China may veto UN mission in Afghanistan (diplomats)

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — China and the United States cling to their position on an international resolution to extend the work of the UN mission in Afghanistan, diplomats said on Monday, and Beijing indicated it would veto the resolution because it makes no reference to its belt and road project.

A vote on Monday at the 15-nation Security Council on a renewal of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan was due to be held on Monday, but the vote was postponed until Tuesday to allow for further negotiations. The mission’s mandate expires on Tuesday.

The resolution requires nine members to approve it and none of the five permanent members – the United States, China, France, Russia and Britain – should veto it.

Before the vote was postponed, diplomats said China was expected to veto the resolution, drafted by Germany and Indonesia, which contained no reference to China’s global “belt and road” plan for infrastructure.

The Chinese mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

At the time, China was planning to put a vote on a technical extension to allow the mission to continue its work, the diplomats said. But they said such a resolution might not succeed in getting the nine votes needed to pass because a number of members of the Security Council were considering abstaining.

“I don’t know where the news came from,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

She added that the situation in Afghanistan is in critical condition and China supports the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan to support reconstruction there.

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