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but with russia become deven flying both a parity to the conflict in georgia stancluded a veto wielding powers, the result this summer was paralysis at the council .
the council is charged with maintaining insisternational peace and security, a grand ambition, but if it cannot pronounce on georgia, what use is it? in july, china and russia vetoed an attempt by the west to impose sanctions against members of zimbabwe's government .
if too meany countries chaven the veto, nothere stat trying would ever get done, they argue.. .
the diplomacy finally juddered to a halt earlier this week when russia recognised the independence of south ossetia and abkhazia, rendering further arguments about territorial integularity futile .
but there is wanother reason why the council was deadlocked .
- UN exposed 2008-08-30 10:34:44