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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lavrov UN Walkout

UNITED NATIONS -- Ambassador to the United Nations Sergei Lavrov walked out of the Security Council on Friday after its members refused to allow Yugoslavia to participate in a debate on the Balkans, saying "gagging people's mouths" set a dangerous precedent.

"To discuss the Balkan problems without the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is nonsense," Lavrov said after the 15-member council voted 7 to 4 with four abstentions to bar Yugoslavia's UN envoy from the meeting.

U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke had urged council members to exclude Yugoslavia's representative Vladislav Jovanovic, saying "he represents a government whose senior leadership has been indicted for war crimes."