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The Security Council Veto - UN Security Council - Global Policy Forum

Subjects of UN Security Council Vetoes

Source: Data from the United Nations
and Sydney D. Bailey and Sam Daws "The Procedure of the UN Security Council", 3rd Edition, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1998*

Year Date of Vote Vetoing Member State
Vote
(yes-veto- no or abstain)
SC
Official
Record
Draft
Text No.
Subject
2008 no vetoes
2007
  January 12 China, Russia
9-3-3
S/PV.5619 S/2007/14 on Myanmar
2006
  November 11 USA
10-1-4
S/PV.5565 S/2006/878 on the Israeli military operations in Gaza, the Palestinian rocket fire into Israel, the call for immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip and a cessation of violence from both parties in the conflict.
  July 13 USA
10-1-4
S/PV.5488 S/2006/508 on the demand for the unconditional release of an Israeli soldier captured earlier as well as Israel's immediate withdrawal from Gaza and the release of dozens of Palestinian officials detained by Israel.
2005 no vetoes
2004
  October 5 USA
11-1-3
S/PV.5051 S/2004/783 on the demand to Israel to halt all military operations in northern Gaza and withdraw from the area.
  April 21 Russia
14-1-0
S/PV.4947 S/2004/313 on the termination of the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)'s mandate and replacing it with the UN Settlement Implementation Mission in Cyprus (UNSIMIC).
  March 25 USA
11-1-3
S/PV.4934 S/2004/240 on the condemnation of the killing of Ahmed Yassin, the leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas
2003
  October 14 USA
10-1-4
S/PV.4842 S/2003/980 on the security wall built by Israel in the West Bank.
  September 16 USA
11-1-3
S/PV.4828 S/2003/891 on the Israeli decision to "remove" Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat.
2002  
  December 20 USA
12-1-2
S/PV.4681 S/2002/1385 on the killing by Israeli forces of several United Nations employees and the destruction of the World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse
  June 30 USA
13-1-1
S/PV.4563 S/2002/712 on the renewal of the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and the immunity of US peacekeepers from ICC jurisdiction
2001  
  December 14 USA
12-1-2
S/PV.4438
p.30
S/2001/1199 on the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian-controlled territory and condemning acts of terror against civilians
  March 27 USA
9-1-4
S/PV.4305
p.5
S/2001/270 on establishing a UN observer force to protect Palestinian civilians
(report of Council meeting SC/7040)
2000 no vetoes
1999
  February 25 China
13-1-1
S/PV.3982
p.5
S/1999/201 on the extension of UNPREDEP in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
1998 no vetoes
1997
  March 21 USA
13-1-1
S/PV.3756
p.6
S/1997/241 Demanding Israel's immediate cessation of construction at Jabal Abu Ghneim in East Jerusalem
  March 7 USA
14-1-0
S/PV.3747
p.4
S/1997/199 Calling upon Israel to refrain from East Jerusalem settlement activites
  January 10 China
14-1-0
S/PV.3730
p.17
S/1997/18 Authorization for 155 observers for the purposes of verification of the agreement on the definate ceasefire in Guatemala
1996 no vetoes
1995
  May 17 USA
14-1-0
S/PV.3538
p.6
S/1995/394 on the Occupied Arab Territories (East Jerusalem)
1994
  December 2 Russian Federation
13-1-1
S/PV.3475
p.11
S/1994/1358 on Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Transport of goods between the former Yugoslavia and Bosnia)
1993
  May 11 Russian Federation
14-1-0
S/PV.3211
p.6
S/25693 on Cyprus (finances)
1992 no vetoes
1991 no vetoes
1990
  May 31 USA
14-1-0
S/PV.2926 p.36 S/21326 on the Occupied Arab Territories
  January 17 USA
13-1-1
S/PV. 2905 p.36 S/21084 on the Violation of Diplomatic Immunities in Panama
1989  
  December 23 France, UK, USA
10-4-1
S/PV. 2902 pp. 18-20 S/21048 Situation in Panama
  November 7 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 2889 p.32 S/20945/Rev.1 Situation in the Occupied Arab Territories
  June 9 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 2867 p. 31 S/20677 Situation in the Occupied Arab Territories
  February 17 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 2850 p. 34 S/20463 Situation in the Occupied Arab Territories
  January 11 France, UK, USA
9-4-2
S/PV. 2841 p. 48 S/20378 Complaint by Libya against US Downing of Aircraft
1988  
  December 14 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 2832 p. 28 S/20322 Complaint of Lebanon against Israel
  May 10 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 2814 p. 58 S/19868 Complaint of Lebanon against Israel
  April 15 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 2806 p. 53 S/19780 Situation in the Occupied Arab Territories
  March 8 UK, USA
10-2-3
S/PV. 2797 p. 19 S/19585 South Africa (Sanctions)
  February 1 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 2790 p. 42 S/19466 Situation in the Occupied Arab Territories
  January 18 USA
13-1-1
S/PV. 2784 pp. 39-50 S/19434 Complaint of Lebanon against Israel
1987  
  April 9 UK, USA
9-3-3
S/PV. 2747 p. 21 S/18785 Namibia Question
  February 20 UK, USA
10-3-2
S/PV. 2738 p. 67 S/18705 South Africa (Sanctions)
1986  
  October 28 USA
11-1-3
S/PV. 2718 p. 51 S/18428 Complaint of Nicaragua against USA (ICJ Judgment)
  July 31 USA
11-1-3
S/PV. 2693 p. 54-55 S/18250 Complaint of Nicaragua against USA (ICJ Judgment)
  June 18 UK, USA
12-2-1
S/PV. 2693 p. 48 S/18163 Complaint of Angola against South Africa
  May 23 UK, USA
12-2-1
S/PV. 2686 p. 128 S/18087/Rev.1 Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe Complaint against South Africa
  April 21 France, UK, USA
9-5-1
S/PV. 2682 p. 43 S/18016/Rev.1 Libyan Complaint against US Attack
  February 6 USA
10-1-4
S/PV. 2655 p. 114 S/17796/Rev.1 Syrian Complaint against Israeli Interception of Libyan Civilian Aircraft
  January 30 USA
13-1-1
S/PV. 2650 p. 31 S/17769/Rev.1 Violation of Haram Al-Sharif (Jerusalem)
  January 17 USA
11-1-3
S/PV. 2642 p. 38 S/17730/Rev.2 Complaint by Lebanon against Israeli Agression
1985  
  November 15 UK, USA
12-2-1
S/PV. 2629 para 64 S/17633 Situation in Namibia
  September 13 USA
10-1-4
S/PV. 2605 para 170 S/17459 Situation in the Middle East (Occupied Territories)
  July 26 UK, USA
12-2-1
S/PV. 2602 para 116 S/17354/Rev.1 South Africa Questions
  May 10 USA
13-1-1
S/PV. 2580 para 268 S/17172/Para.2 Complaint of Nicaragua against USA
  May 10 USA
11-1-3
S/PV.2580 para 267 S/17172/Para.1 Complaint of Nicaragua against USA
  May 10 USA
13-1-1
S/PV.2580 para 266 S/17172/Preambl Complaint of Nicaragua against USA
  March 12 USA
11-1-3
S/PV. 2573 para 208 S/17000 Situation in the Middle East (Lebanon)
1984  
  September 6 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 2556 para 49 S/16732 Situation in the Middle East (Lebanon)
  April 4 USA
13-1-1
S/PV. 2529 para 252 S/16463 Complaint of Nicaragua against USA
  February 29 USSR
13-2-0
S/PV. 2519 para 87 S/16351/Rev.2 Situation in the Middle East (Lebanon)
1983  
  October 27 USA
11-1-3
S/PV. 2491 para 431 S/16077/Rev.1 Invasion of the Republic of Grenada by US Troops
  September 12 USSR
9-2-4
S/PV. 2476 para 131 S/15966/Rev.1 Republic of Korea and USSR
(Downing of the Korean Airliner)
  August 2 USA
13-1-1
S/PV. 2461 para 238 S/15895 Situation in the Middle East (Occupied Arab Territories)
1982  
  August 6 USA
11-1-3
S/PV. 2391 para 38 S/15347/Rev.1 Situation in the Middle East (Lebanon)
  June 26 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 2381 para 12 S/15255/Rev.2 Situation in the Middle East (Lebanon)
  June 8 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 2377 para 23 S/15185 Situation in the Middle East (Lebanon)
  June 4 UK, USA
9-2-4
S/PV. 2373 para 39 S/15156/Rev.2 Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Question
  April 20 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 2357 para 101 S/14985 Situation in the Middle East (Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem Attack)
  April 2 USA
13-1-1
S/PV. 2348 para 9 S/14943 Situation in the Middle East (Mayors of Nablus and Ramallah Dismissal)
  April 2 USA
12-1-2
S/PV. 2347 para 140 S/14941 Situation in Central America (Nicaragua)
  January 20 USA
9-1-5
S/PV. 2329 para 162 S/14832/Rev.1 Situation in the Middle East (Golan Heights)
1981  
  August 31 USA
13-1-1
S/PV. 2300 para 45 S/14664/Rev.2 Complaint by Angola against South Africa
  April 30 France, UK, USA
12-3-0
S/PV. 2277 para 27 S/14462 Question of Namibia
  April 30 France, UK, USA
11-3-1
S/PV. 2277 para 26 S/ 14461 Question of Namibia
  April 30 France, UK, USA
9-3-3
S/PV. 2277 para 25 S/14460/Rev.1 Question of Namibia
  April 30 France, UK, USA
9-3-3
S/PV. 2277 para 24 S/14459 Question of Namibia
1980  
  April 30 USA
10-1-4
S/PV. 2220 para 151 S/13911 Situation in the Middle East (Palestinian Rights)
  January 13 USSR
10-2-2
S/PV. 2191/Add.1 para 149 S/13735 US and Islamic Republic of Iran (Hostage Question)
  January 7-9 USSR
13-2-0

S/PV. 2190
Coor.1+Add.1 para 140

S/13729 Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
1979  
  March 16 USSR
13-2-0
S/PV. 2129 para 72 S/13162 Border Dispute in South-East Asia (China and Vietnam)
  January 15 USSR
13-2-0
S/PV. 2112 para 4 S/13027 Vietnam Intervention in Kampuchea (Cambodia)
1978 no vetoes  
1977  
  October 31 France, UK, USA
10-5-0
S/PV. 2045 para 55 S/12312/Rev.1 Situation in South Africa
  October 31 France, UK, USA
10-5-0
S/PV. 2045 para 54 S/12311/Rev.1 Situation in South Africa
  October 31 France, UK, USA
10-5-0
S/PV. 2045 para 53 S/12310/Rev.1 Situation in South Africa
1976  
  November 15 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 1972 para 119 S/12226 Application for Membership (Socialist Republic of Vietnam)
  October 19 France, UK, USA
10-3-2
S/PV. 1963 para 121 S/12211 Situation in Namibia
  June 29 USA
10-1-4
S/PV. 1938 S/12119 Question of the Exercise by the Palestinian People of their Inaleniable Rights
  June 23 USA
13-1-0
China didn't participate
S/PV. 1932 para 208 S/12110 Application for Membership
  March 25 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 1899 para 106 S/12022 Jerusalem Status
  February 6 France
14-1-0
S/PV. 1888 para 247 S/11967 Dispute between the Comoros and France on Mayotte
  January 25 USA
9-1-3
China and Libya didn't participate
S/PV. 1879 para 67 S/11940 Middle East Question including the Palestinian Question
1975  
  December 8 USA
13-1-1
S/PV. 1862 para 118 S/11898 Situation in the Middle East (Israel/Lebanon)
  September 30 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 1846 para 42 S/11833 Application for Membership (North Vietnam)
  September 30 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 1846 para 41 S/11832 Application for Membership (South Vietnam)
  August 11 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 1836 para 106 S/11796 Application for Membership (North Vietnam)
  August 11 USA
14-1-0
S/PV. 1836 para 105 S/11795 Application for Membership (South Vietnam)
  June 6 France, UK, USA
10-3-2
S/PV. 1829 para 160 S/11713 Namibia Question
1974  
  October 30 France, UK, USA
10-3-2
S/PV. 1808 para 155 S/11543 South Africa (Representation in the UN)
  July 31 USSR
12-2-0
China didn't participate
S/PV. 1788 para 237 S/11400/Rev.1 Situation in Cyprus
1973  
  July 26 USA
13-1-0
China didn't participate
S/PV. 1735 para 97 S/10974 Situation in the Middle East (Palestinian Question)
  May 22 UK, USA
11-2-2
S/PV. 1716 para 48 S/10928 Situation in South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
  March 21 USA
13-1-1
S/PV. 1704 para 66 S/10931/Rev.1 Panama Canal Question
1972  
  September 29 UK
10-1-4
S/PV. 1666 para 121 S/10805/Rev.1 as Amended Situation in South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
  September 29 UK
10-1-4
S/PV. 1666 para 120 S/10805/Rev.1 op. para 5 Situation in South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
  September 29 UK
10-1-4
S/PV. 1666 para 119 S/10805/Rev.1 op. para 1 Situation in South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
  September 10 USA
13-1-1
S/PV. 1662 para 74 S/10784 Situation in the Middle East (Ceasefire 1967 Violation)
  September 10 China, USSR
9-6-0
S/PV. 1662 para 72 S/10786 para 2 Situation in the Middle East (Ceasefire 1967 Violation)
  August 25 China
11-1-3
S/PV. 1660 para 85 S/10771 Application for Membership (Bangladesh)
  February 4 UK
9-1-5
S/PV. 1639 para 48 S/10606 Situation in South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
1971  
  December 30 UK
9-1-5
S/PV. 1623 para 272 S/10489 and S/PV. para 8 Situation in South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
  December 13 USSR
11-2-2
S/PV. 1613 para 231 S/10446/Rev.1 India-Pakistan Question (Bangladesh)
  December 5 USSR
11-2-2
S/PV. 1607 para 240 S/10423 India-Pakistan Question (Bangladesh)
  December 4 USSR
11-2-2
S/PV. 1606 para 371 S/10416 India-Pakistan Question (Bangladesh)
1970  
  November 10 UK
12-1-2
S/PV. 1556 pra 212 S/9976 Situation in South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
  March 17 UK, USA
9-2-4
S/PV. 1534 para 207 S/9696 + Corr.1,2 Situation in South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
1969 no vetoes  
1968  
  August 22 USSR
10-2-3
S/PV. 1443 para 284 S/8761 Complaint by Czechoslovakia
1967 no vetoes  
1966  
  November 4 USSR
10-4-1
S/PV. 1319 para 55 S/7575/Rev.1 Armistice Agreement (Syria/Israel)
1965 no vetoes  
1964  
  December 21 USSR
8-3-0
S/PV. 1182 para 41 S/6113 as Amended Armistice Agreement (Syria/Israel)
  September 17 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 1152 para 64 S/5973 Relationship between Malaysia and Indonesia
1963  
  September 13 UK
8-1-2
S/PV. 1069 para 64 S/5425/Rev.1 Situation in South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
  September 3 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 1063 para 64 S/5407 Situation in the Middle East (Israeli-Syrian Conflict)
1962  
  June 22 USSR
7-2-2
S/PV. 1016 para 92 S/5134 India-Pakistan Question (Kashmir and Jammu)
1961  
  December 18 USSR
7-4-0
S/PV. 988
para 129
S/5033 Complaint by Portugal (Indian Forces in Goa)
  November 30 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 985
para 44
S/5006 Application for Membership (Kuwait)
  November 24 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 982
para 84
S/4989/Rev.2
US Amendment
Congo Question
  November 24 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 982
para 81
S/4989/Rev.2
Third US Amendment
Congo Question
  July 7 USSR
7-1-3
S/PV. 960
para 44
S/4855 Complaint by Kuwait against Iraq
  February 20 USSR
7-3-1
S/PV. 942
para 175
S/4733/Rev.1
as Amended
Congo Question
  February 20 USSR
8-3-0
S/PV. 942
para 139
Amendment to S/4733/Rev.1
Congo Question
1960  
  December 13 USSR
7-3-1
S/PV. 920
para 156
S/4578/Rev.1 Congo Question
  December 4 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 911
para 246
S/4567/Rev.1 Application for Membership (Mauritania)
  September 17 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 906
para 157
S/4523 Congo Question
  July 26 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 883
para 189
S/4411 Soviet Complaint (Over Flight by US)
  July 26 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 883
para 188
S/4409/Rev.1 Soviet Complaint (Over Flight by US)
1959
no vetoes  
1958  
  December 9 USSR
8-1-2
S/PV. 843
para 49
S/4130/Rev.1 Application for Membership (South Vietnam)
  December 9 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 843
para 35
S/4129/Rev.1 Application for Membership (Republic of Korea)
  July 22 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 837
para 9
S/4055/Rev.1 Complaint by Lebanon of Interference by UAR
(Egypt and Syria)
  July 18 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 834
para 68
S/4050/Rev.1 Complaint by Lebanon of Interference by UAR
(Egypt and Syria)
  May 2 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 817
para 3
S/3995
Amendment to S/399
Soviet Complain (Over Flight by US)
1957  
  September 9 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 790
para 56
S/3885 Application for Membership (Viet-nam)
  September 9 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 790
para 9
S/3884 Application for Membership (North Korea)
  February 20 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 773
para 126
S/3787 India-Pakistan Question (Kashmir and Jammu)
1956  
  November 4 USSR
9-1-0
yugoslavia didn't participate
S/PV. 754
para 68
S/3730/Rev.1 Situation in Hungary
  October 30 UK, France
7-2-2

S/PV. 750/
Rev.1 para 23

S/3713/Rev.1 Palestinian Question: Steps for the Immediate Cessation of the Military Action of Israel in Egypt
  October 30 UK, France
7-2-2

S/PV. 749
para 186

S/3710 + Coor.1 S/PV. 749 and footnote 2 Palestinian Question: Steps for the Immediate Cessation of the Military Action of Israel in Egypt
  October 13 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 743
para 106
S/3671/Rev.1
Second Part
Complaint by UK and France (Suez Canal)
1955  
  December 15 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 706
para 116
S/3510 Application for Membership (Japan)
  December 14 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 705
para 28
S/3510 Application for Membership (Japan)
  December 13 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 704
para 72
S/3502 Application for Membership (Spain)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 71
S/3502 Application for Membership (Laos)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 70
S/3502 Application for Membership (Japan)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 69
S/3502 Application for Membership (Cambodia)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 68
S/3502 Application for Membership (Libya)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 67
S/3502 Application for Membership (Nepal)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 66
S/3502 Application for Membership (Ceylon)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 65
S/3502 Application for Membership (Finland)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 62
S/3502 Application for Membership (Austria)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 61
S/3502 Application for Membership (Italy)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 59
S/3502 Application for Membership (Portugal)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 58
S/3502 Application for Membership (Ireland)
  December 13 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 704
para 57
S/3502 Application for Membership (Jordan)
  December 13 China
8-1-2
S/PV. 704
para 54
S/3502 Application for Membership (Mongolia)
  December 13 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 704
para 52
S/3502 Application for Membership (South Viet-nam)
  December 13 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 704
para 51
S/3502 Application for Membership (Republic of Korea)
1954  
  June 20 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 675
para 194-195
S/3236/Rev.1 Central America (Guatemala)
  June 18 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 674
para 71
S/3229 Situation in Thailand (Request for Peace Observation Commission)
  March 29 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 664
para 69
S/3188 + Corr.1 The Arab-Israeli Dispute (Suez Canal)
  January 22 USSR
7-2-2
S/PV. 656
para 135
S/3151/Rev.2 Palestinian Question (Jordan River)
1953 no vetoes  
1952  
  September 19 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 603
para 64
S/2758 Application for Membership (Cambodia)
  September 19 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 603
para 65
S/2759 Application for Membership (Laos)
  September 19 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 603
para 66
S/2760 Application for Membership (Viet-nam)
  September 18 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 603
para 73
S/2754 Application for Membership (Japan)
  September 16 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 600
para 97
S/2483 Application for Membership (Libya)
  July 9 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 590
para 17
S/2688 Request for Investigation of Alleged Bacterial Warfare
  July 3 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 587
para 16
S/2671 Request for Investigation of Alleged Bacterial Warfare
  February 6 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 573
para 105
S/2443 Application for Membership (Italy)
1951 no vetoes  
1950  
  November 30 USSR
8-1-1
India didn't participate
S/PV. 530
p.25
S/1894
as a whole
Complaint of Agression against the Republic of Korea
  November 30 USSR
9-1-0
India didn't participate
S/PV. 530
p.24
S/1894 Part 2 and S/PV. 530 pp. 22-23 Complaint of Agression against the Republic of Korea
  November 30 USSR
9-1-0
India didn't participate
S/PV. 530
p.23-4
S/1894 First 3 preambular paras and S/PV. 530 pp. 22-23 Complaint of Agression against the Republic of Korea
  September 12 USSR

7-1-2
China didn't participate

S/PV. 501
p. 28
S/1752 Complaint by China regarding Bombing
  September 6 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 496
pp. 18-19
S/1653 Complaint of Agression against
1949  
  December 13 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 456
pp. 33-34
S/1431
Second Part
Indonesian Question
  December 13 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 456
pp. 33-34
S/1431
First Part
Indonesian Question
  October 18 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 452
pp. 22-23
S/1408/Rev.1 Regulation and Reduction of Armaments
  October 18 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 452
para 202
S/1399/Rev.1 Proposal of the Commission on Conventional Armaments
  October 11 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 450
p. 14
S/1398 Proposal of the Commission on Conventional Armaments
  September 13 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 443
p. 33
S/1337 Application for Membership (Ceylon)
  September 13 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 443
p. 33
S/1336 Application for Membership (Austria)
  September 13 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 443
para 32
S/1335 Application for Membership (Ireland)
  September 13 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 443
p. 32
S/1334 Application for Membership (Finland)
  September 13 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 443
pp. 31-32
S/1333 Application for Membership (Italy)
  September 13 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 443
p. 30
S/1332 Application for Membership (Transjordan)
  September 13 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 443
p. 28
S/1331 Application for Membership (Portugal)
  September 7 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 439
p. 16
S/1385 Application for Membership (Nepal)
  April 8 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 423
p.15
S/1305 Application for Membership (Republic of Korea)
1948  
  December 15 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 384
p. 39
S/PV. 384
p. 39
Application for Membership (Ceylon)
  October 25 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 372
p. 14
S/1048
S/PV. 370
pp. 5-6
Berlin Blockade
  August 18 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 351
p. 22
S/PV. 351
pp. 21- 22
Application for Membership (Ceylon)
  June 22 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 325
p. 12
S/PV. 325
p. 11
Reports from the Atomic Energy Committee
  May 24 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 303
pp. 28-29
S/PV. 303
pp. 28-29
Question of Czechoslovakia
  May 24 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 303
pp. 19-21
S/PV. 303
pp. 19-21
Question of Czechoslovakia
  April 10 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 279
pp. 15-16
S/PV. 279
pp. 15-16
Application for Membership (Italy)
1947  
  October 1 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 206
p. 2476
S/PV. 206
p. 2476
Application for Membership (Finland)
  October 1 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 206
p. 2476
S/PV. 206
p. 2476
Application for Membership (Italy)
  September 15 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 202
p. 2400
US challenged the President's ruling Greek Frontier Incidents
  September 15 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 202
pp. 2399-2400
S/PV. 202
p. 2369
US Draft Resolution
Greek Frontier Incidents
  August 25 France
7-2-2
S/PV. 194
pp. 2199-2200
S/514
Australian-Chinese Resolution
Indonesian Question
  August 21 USSR
8-1-2
S/PV. 190
pp. 2130-2131
S/PV. 190
pp. 2130-2131
Application for Membership (Australia)
  August 21 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 190
p. 2127
S/PV. 190
p. 2127
Application for Membership (Italy)
  August 19 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 188
pp. 2098-2099
S/486 and
S/PV. 188
p. 2098
Greek Frontier Incidents
  August 19 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 188
p. 2094
S/471+ Add.1 and
S/PV. 188
pp. 2093-2094
Greek Frontier Incidents
  August 18 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 186
pp. 2041-2045
S/PV. 186
pp. 2041-2045
Application for Membership (Portugal)
  August 18 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 186
pp. 2041-2045
S/PV. 186
pp. 2041-2045
Application for Membership (Ireland)
  August 18 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 186
pp. 2041-2045
S/PV. 186
pp. 2041-2045
Application for Membership (Transjordan)
  July 29 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 170
p. 1612
S/PV. 170
p. 1602-1611
Greek Frontier Incidents
  March 25 USSR
7-2-1
UK didn't participate
S/PV. 122
pp. 608-609
S/PV. 122
pp. 608-609
Incidents in the Corfu Channel
1946  
  September 20 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 70
p. 412
S/PV. 70
p. 412
Ukrainian Complaint against Greece
  August 29 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 57
p. 139
S/PV. 57
p. 139
Application for Membership (Portugal)
  August 29 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 57
p. 139
S/PV. 57
p. 139
Application for Membership (Ireland)
  August 29 USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 57
p. 138
S/PV. 57
p. 139
Application for Membership (Transjordan)
  June 26 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 49
p. 446
S/PV. 49
p. 444
Spanish Question
  June 26 France, USSR
8-2-1
S/PV. 49
pp. 421-422
S/PV. 49
p. 421
Spanish Question
  June 26 USSR
9-2-0
S/PV. 49
pp. 413-424
S/PV. 49
p. 401
Spanish Question
  June 18 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 47
p. 379
S/PV. 45
p. 326
Australian Resolution
Spanish Question
  June 18 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 47
p. 379
S/PV. 45
p. 348
UK Amendment para (c)
Spanish Question
  June 18 USSR
9-1-1
S/PV. 47
p. 379
S/PV. 45
p. 348
UK Amendment para (b)
Spanish Question
  June 18 USSR
10-1-0
S/PV. 47
p. 378
S/PV. 45
p. 326 para (a)
Spanish Question
  February 16 USSR
7-1-1
France, UK didn't participate
S/PV. 23
pp. 367-368
S/PV. 22
pp. 332-333
Syrian-Lebanese Question

*Table and Research by Celine Nahory, Giji Gya and Misaki Watanabe

Only a minority of vetoes have been cast in cases where vital international security issues were at stake. 59 vetoes have been cast to block admission of member states. Additionally, 43 vetoes have been used to block nominees for Secretary General, although these vetoes were cast during closed sessions of the Council and are not included in the table above.


Table of the veto (1945-present)
Use of the veto in proportion to all resolutions (to 1992)

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