NZ tested as UN Security Council president

Murray McCully (3 News)
Murray McCully (3 News)

New Zealand is about to face one of its biggest tests during its month long-term as president of the United Nations Security Council.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has been in head-to-head chats all day, including a sit down meeting with Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is in New York to tough it out with Russia.

Australia, with the help of other countries including New Zealand, is trying to set up a tribunal that would prosecute those responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The issue is that Russia is likely to veto that plan when it hits the Security Council tomorrow, voting it down.

It will be the second time that New Zealand has presided over a veto being used.

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