SYRIAN CRISIS REFLECTS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FAILURE – QATAR

DOHA, Feb. 26– Qatar’s Foreign Minister Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah has said that the deterioration of the Syrian crisis and its implications on the humanitarian condition and human rights of the Syrian people represents the biggest challenge to international law.

He added that the past three years of the crisis have shown that the international community have failed to maintain international peace and security, as indicated by article 43 of the United Nations charter.

He was addressing a conference entitled “The Syrian Crisis and International Law,” taking place in Qatar University Campus.

Al Attiyah called on the international community to work harder on achieving peace and stability as well as respect human rights.

He felt it was necessary that the international community intervene in Syria to end the violation of human rights in the country.

He further said that one of the main issues facing the Syrian crisis was the double standards that the international community deals with, noting that after three years, more than 130,000 people were killed in Syrian and nine million were displaced as a result of the conflict, and yet there is no solution on the horizon in Syria.

Yet in Ukraine, the international community intervened swiftly to end the crisis as quickly as possible, he pointed out.

Another reason, he added, is the faulty composition of the Security Council’s members, which prevents the council from taking a resolution that pushes for a solution in Syria.

Al Attiyah stressed that the current membership of the Security Council does not reflect the will of the international community.

As a result, he called for the restructuring of the Security Council to make more capable of facing threats to international peace and security.

Such restructuring would include the membership of the council as well as the voting mechanisms , Al Attiyah said.

He added that there is a bigger responsibility on the United Nations in general, particularly the General Assembly, to establish a better humanitarian condition for people across the globe.

He noted that the UN resolution no. 377 in 1950 allowed the international community to take the necessary measures collectively to establish peace and stability.

He said the United Nations has not been carrying out its duty of maintaining peace and stability when it comes to Syria.

Al Attiyah said that the Security Council violated basic human rights when it did not intervene to end the crisis in Syria.

He explained that the Syrian crisis has seen clear violations of the Geneva Convention 1949 and its 1977 amendment and the 1998 Rome treaty (Rome Statute).

Al -Attiyah added that the crime committed by the Syrian regime in Syria ranked as war crimes and added that the perpetrators must be presented to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He called on the international community and the Security Council to assume to take charge in accordance with the humanitarian and moral responsibility they have against ending the crisis in Syria.

SOURCE: QNA

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