Qatar slams UN failure on Syria

 26 Feb 2014 - 2:54


DOHA: The Foreign Minister, H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, yesterday criticised the international community for its “double standards” on the Syrian issue, saying it was frustrating all efforts to resolve the crisis.
Addressing a conference titled “The Syrian crisis and international law” at Qatar University, the foreign minister said that the faulty way of decision-making at the UN Security Council was preventing it from pushing for a solution to the Syrian crisis.
He stressed that the deterioration of the Syrian crisis and its implications on the humanitarian condition and human rights of the Syrian people represented the biggest challenge to international law.
“One of the main issues facing the Syrian crisis is the double standards that the international community deals with, and therefore comparison is important to explain the aspects of failure created by these double standards,” said Al Attiyah.
Citing statistics, he said that in three years, more than 130,000 people had been killed in Syria and nine million people were displaced as a result of the conflict, and yet there was no solution on the horizon in Syria. Yet in Ukraine, the international community intervened swiftly to end the crisis as quickly as possible.
Another issue, he said, was the faulty composition of the Security Council and its way of taking decisions, which prevents the Council from approving a resolution that pushes for a solution in Syria.
Al Attiyah stressed that the current membership of the Security Council did not reflect the will of the international community. He called for restructuring of the Security Council by expansion of its membership and reconsidering its method of voting to make it more capable of responding to threats to international peace and security.
He said the Security Council had violated basic human rights by not intervening to end the crisis in Syria.
Al Attiyah called on the international community to apply international law uniformly to achieve peace and stability.
He added that there was a bigger responsibility on the United Nations in general, particularly the General Assembly, to create a better humanitarian condition for people across the globe.
UN resolution No. 377 in 1950 empowered the international community to take necessary measures collectively to establish peace and stability.
However, the UN has not been carrying out its duty of maintaining peace and stability when it comes to Syria, added the foreign minister.
Al Attiyah said that crimes committed by the Syrian regime amounted to war crimes and the perpetrators must be brought before the International Criminal Court.