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  •  An override takes (6+ / 0-)

    two-thirds of the GE, right?

    Sounds like they might have the numbers, although such a vote would be that much more intense and bring on a whole other level of arm-twisting from the U.S.

    •  It gets very complicated David. I spend (10+ / 0-)

      considerable time researching it last year, as there is a special procedure with rules that can be invoked in special circumstances.  Ironically, we in the U.S. set up this procedure during a particularly tense moment of the cold war in case we needed to bypass a veto by the Soviet Union to something we wanted to do.  

      But, sadly, I can not now remember the details without checking notes I lost in a computer hard disk crash.

      The United States put so much behind the scenes pressure on the increasingly frustrated European states, as well as threats of funding cut offs on the Palestinians that the interest in pursuing that scenario waned.  

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:57:52 PM PST

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      •  I think you are referring to UNGA Resolution 377 (4+ / 0-)
        In it, the General Assembly:

            "Reaffirming the importance of the exercise by the Security Council of its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, and the duty of the permanent members to seek unanimity and to exercise restraint in the use of the veto," ...

            "Recognizing in particular that such failure does not deprive the General Assembly of its rights or relieve it of its responsibilities under the Charter in regard to the maintenance of international peace and security," ...

            "Resolves that if the Security Council, because of lack of unanimity of the permanent members, fails to exercise its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security in any case where there appears to be a threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression, the General Assembly shall consider the matter immediately with a view to making appropriate recommendations to Members for collective measures, including in the case of a breach of the peace or act of aggression the use of armed force when necessary, to maintain or restore international peace and security."

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