Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 30th 2015 Contents A40
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 30, 2015
Russia has vetoed a United Nations draft resolution
seeking to set up an international criminal tribunal
into the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine.
Eleven of the 15 members of the UN Security Council
voted in favour of the resolution, while three abstained.
The Malaysian Airlines plane was flying from Ams-
terdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed last July,
killing all 298 people on board.
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have denied
shooting down the aircraft.
Western nations say there is evidence it was hit by
a Russian-supplied missile.
Malaysia pushed for a tribunal, so those responsible
can be prosecuted. It was backed by the Netherlands
---that had 196 people on board---Ukraine, Belgium
Moscow has repeatedly rejected claims that pro-
Russian rebels were behind the crash, instead blaming
the government in Kiev for the disaster.
Speaking earlier this month, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said the the establishment of a tribunal
would be "premature" and "counter-productive."
Russia exercised its veto at the Security Council
session in New York yesterday, while Angola, China
MH17 crash: Russia vetoes UN
resolution for criminal tribunal
and Venezuela abstained.
"Russia has callously disregarded the public outcry
in the grieving nations," Samantha Power, the US
ambassador to the UN said.
Victims families marked the first anniversary of
their deaths on 17 July.
Malaysia s transport minister had appealed to Council
members to vote in favour of a tribunal, saying it
would be best placed to "deliver justice to the families
of the victims."
A final report on the cause of the crash by the Dutch
Safety Board is due to be released in October.
The Malaysian Airlines plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when
it crashed last July, killing all 298 people on board.
YANGON---Myanmar s ruling party yesterday
admitted it was facing big losses in a general
election likely to be swept by Ms Aung San Suu
Kyi s opposition party, as tensions mount between
its leader and the powerful army.
The Union Solidarity and Development Party
(USDP), the semi-civilian reincarnation of the pre-
vious junta, which is packed with former soldiers,
won a landslide victory in dubious 2010 elections
when it ran virtually unopposed, with Ms Suu Kyi
still under house arrest and her party boycotting
But a sense of pessimism is settling in ahead of
the November 8 polls. "We don t expect a winning
result like in 2010. It s impossible," USDP general
secretary Maung Maung Thein said at an event
announcing Yangon regional candidates.
The admission comes as relations sour dramat-
ically between the still powerful army and USDP s
influential leader and parliamentary Speaker Shwe
Mann, who is widely considered a presidential
He has faced opposition from soldiers in his
constituency over his readiness to support Ms Suu
Kyi in her efforts to change the Constitution, which
bars the opposition leader from the top political
But the former junta No. 3 posted comments
on his official Facebook page insisting he acted
"in the interest of the country" and suggested he
was ready to defy both the army and President
Recalling an interview when he was asked if he
would stand with Ms Suu Kyi against the President
and the army chief, he said it would be more exact
to say he was with Ms Suu Kyi and "the people."
The soldiers hostility to Mr Shwe Mann has
cast doubts over the political allegiances between
the ruling party and the military that spawned it,
heightening uncertainty ahead of the general elec-
Myanmar began emerging from military rule
after the 2010 polls with a government led byMr
Thein Sein, which has introduced political and
economic reforms that have cracked open decades
of isolation and sparked an investment rush in the
But Ms Suu Kyi, who entered Parliament in
2012, has said reforms have stalled, with activists
locked up and press freedoms curtailed.
Ruling party grim on
Myanmar polls result
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