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The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday passed a resolution aimed at combatting sexual violence in combat zones, but only after the measure's language was significantly watered down due to veto threats from the United States against language in the resolution endorsing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.

"The draft resolution has already been stripped of one of its most important elements, the establishment of a formal mechanism to monitor and report atrocities, because of opposition from the US, Russia and China, which opposed creating a new monitoring body," the Guardian reported on Tuesday.

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