David Cameron criticises U.N. inactivity in Syrian crisis
David Cameron has criticised the U.N. for its inaction during the crisis in Syria, claiming that the blood of the Syrian young is a “terrible stain” on the body’s reputation.
In a scathing attack on Russian and Chinese vetoes of U.N. security resolutions, the British Prime Minister said that no single conscience could continue to ignore the loss of life.
He said, “If the United Nations charter is to have any value in the 21st century we must now join together to support a rapid political transition. And at the same time no one of conscience can turn a deaf ear to the voices of suffering.”
Cameron went on to highlight the massive changes that the Arab Spring has brought to the Middle East.
He asked that the council look at the democratic elections seen in Libya since the fall of Gaddafi, and the new president of Egypt who has successfully taken control away from the armed forces.
Cameron said, “So there has been progress. And none of it would have come about without people standing up last year and demanding change or without this United Nations having the courage to respond to those cries.”
Cameron has found support in UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, who has also argued that the Syrian crisis could be a global catastrophe if left unchecked.
He said that the failure could act could lead to “a regional calamity with global ramifications.”