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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Moscow, June 21, 2018 (Photo by Dmitry Lebedev for Sipa via AP).

Why Facts and Truth Have Become the Latest Battleground for U.N. Diplomacy

Monday, July 2, 2018

In a period of heightened tensions at the United Nations and other multilateral organizations, diplomats are spending a lot of time arguing about truth and facts. Last week, representatives to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW, debated a British motion that the body should not merely probe technical aspects of incidents involving chemical weapons use but also identify perpetrators.

The proposal passed with support from three-quarters of the organization’s members. But Russia resisted the idea, and powers including China and India also opposed it. Moscow does not want international investigators blaming its allies in Syria for chemical attacks. But this debate was symptomatic of a broader argument that will escalate in the future: What is the role of multilateral bodies in deciding the facts of security crises? ...

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