The SecretaryGeneral of the UN, Ban Ki-moon warnedTuesday, Sept. 3, againstthe risk ofa"punitive" action in Syria,favoringa politicalsolutionto the conflictthanthe military intervention, supported by ParisandWashington. Ban Ki-moon did not indicate that the UN has been so far useless in resolving the Syrian conflict.
At apress conference,theUN chiefcalled onsupportersto consider the consequences of military strikes.
He alsorecalled that theUN Charterprovides for thelegaluse of forceonly inself-defenseorwith the approvalof the Security Council-whichis still blockedbecause of theRussian-Chineseveto. BanKi-moon has notruled on theuse of chemical weaponson August 21in Damascus, despite the "evidence"put forwardin recentdays byFranceand the UnitedStates.However,he said thatif this wereproved, it would be a"terrible war crime" and that the Councilshouldwork together toaddress them.
On Monday,Syria's officialSANA news agencyhadreported that the governmentof Bashar al-Assad had askedBanKi-moon to workin order to"prevent any aggressionagainstSyria" - so as the prospect ofstrikesapproached-, denyingonce again theuse of chemical weapons, which implied he crossed the "red line" Obama defined.
From 26to 31 August,theUN inspectorsconductedan on-siteinvestigation ofthe attack onAugust 21to determine whetherchemical weaponshave beenused by theregime of Bashar al-Assad. Theanalysis of samples, photos andstoriesthey have gathered led the Organization forthe Prohibition of ChemicalWeapons (OPCW)in The Hague, could takeno less than threeweeks. That is considered far too longer by the Obama administration to wait before responding. It will also give too much time for the Syrian Government to move its troops and military equipment into civilian neighbourhoods and far out of the reach of a missile strike.
Author's Score 1.6
Up Votes 21
Down Votes 0
Voted on 2 articles
Comments on Ban Ki-moon Warns Against Punitive Strike on Syria