Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

United Nations chief renews call for SC unity over Syria

United Nations chief renews call for SC unity over Syria

Bashar Jaafari, permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations speaks to members of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting on Syria at the U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., April 13, 2018.

"I stand ready to support such efforts". He warned that the crisis over Syria is a return to the Cold War, and increasing tensions are leading to a military escalation.

Alternatively, a Syria strike could also be justified as action to stop the use or spread of weapons of mass destruction taken because the UN Security Council has been unable to act.

"There's an obligation, particularly when dealing with the matters of peace and security, to act consistently with the Charter of the United Nationals and with global law in general", Guterres said in a statement over the coordinated series of airstrikes by the USA, the UK and France in Syria. Russia vetoed a USA text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass.

Nebenzia also condemned what he called the "bellicose rhetoric" of President Donald Trump's threat of a missile strike in Syria.

Russia, a major Syrian ally, said Tuesday it will propose a United Nations resolution to investigate the alleged attack. "We must not stay silent in the face of chemical weapons use in our own time". Dozens of people died and hundreds were injured in the attack, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UN Secretary General on Tuesday called for worldwide investigators to have unfettered access after an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

It came after a previous tweet in which he warned Russian Federation to "get ready" because U.S. missiles "will be coming". Vassily Nebenzia, Russian ambassador to the United Nations, accused the US of unfairly taking advantage of reports of a chemical attack against Syrian citizens to plot the topping of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, which has been linked to the attack that killed dozens of people last weekend in the rebel-held town of Douma.

It said it had asked the Syrian government to "make the necessary arrangements for such a deployment".

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