U.S. Vetoes Security Council Resolution Condemning Israel for Killing Ahmed Yassin
(March 25, 2004)
On March 25, 2004, the United States used its veto power to quash a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel for killing Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin. U.S. officials objected to the measure's failure to mention Hamas by name or its record of terror. The U.S. also disapproved of the resolution's condemnation of “extrajudicial executions” because the United States has targeted terrorists for death.
Eleven countries — China, Russia, France, The Philippines, Angola, Chile, Pakistan, Spain, Algeria, Benin and Brazil — voted in favor of the resolution. Britain, Germany, and Romania abstained.
Text of the resolution:
"Expressing its grave concern at the continued deterioration of the situation on the ground in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, as a result of the escalation of violence and attacks,
"1. Condemns the most recent extrajudicial execution committed by Israel, the occupying Power, that killed Sheikh Ahmed Yassin along with six other Palestinians outside a mosque in Gaza City and calls for a complete cessation of extrajudicial executions;
"2. Condemns also all terrorist attacks against any civilians as well as all acts of violence and destruction;
"3. Calls on all sides to immediately undertake an unconditional cessation of acts of violence, including all acts of terrorism, provocation, incitement and destruction;
"4. Calls for the cessation of all illegal measures and practices and for respect for and adherence to international humanitarian law;
"5. Calls on both parties to fulfill their obligations under the road map endorsed by Security Council resolution 1515 (2003) and to work with the Quartet to implement it in order to achieve the vision of the two states living side by side in peace and security;
"6. Decides to remain seized of the matter."
Source: San Franscisco Gate (Associated Press), (March 26, 2004)