US, Allies Tell UN: Syria Strikes Legal, Justified

15 Abril, 2018, 05:31 | Author: Kelly Blake
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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told Al Arabiya on Friday that he was deeply concerned about developments in Syria, saying the region was now in a cold war and there were no channels for calm. "The mechanisms and the safeguards to manage the risks of escalation that existed in the past no longer seem to be present", Guterres told the U.N. Security Council.

"The Cold War is back with a vengeance, but with a difference".

And he said the safeguards and mechanisms that managed the risk of escalation between the USA and the Soviet Union in the past "no longer seem to be present".

He said such threats are counter to the U.N. charter and that the United States is "unworthy" of a permanent seat at the Security Council.

He highlighted the Palestinian-Israeli divide, the Sunni-Shiite divide, which is evident from the Gulf to the Mediterranean.

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However, he pointed out the danger of the situation prevailing in the middle East.

"This multiplicity of divides is reflected in a multiplicity of conflicts with different degrees of interconnection, several of them clearly linked to the threat of global terrorism", he said. "The UN Charter is very clear on these issues", Mr Guterres said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. He also reiterated his call for "an independent and transparent" investigation of the incidents.

He stressed that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict. He said it is also "high time to end the Libyan conflict". "We have seen these types of things happen at the United Nations before, where suspicious countries, countries that run against everything that an individual committee should stand for, will then head up that committee". He singled out "recent confrontations between Iran and Israel in Syria".

The joint operation by the U.S. and its allies was in response to a suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma last week. She also accused the Assad government of using chemical weapons on its own citizens on at least 50 occasions, and added that Russian Federation failed to uphold a 2013 agreement by which Syria would dispose of all its chemical weapons.

The measure would provide for the creation of an inquiry to identify perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks, allow access for aid convoys and re-launch stalled peace talks in Geneva, French diplomats said. "Increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation".

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