September 13th, 2013 by James
The United States has declared that it has given up trying to work with the U.N. Security Council on Syria. The country accused Russia of holding the council hostage and allowing the allies of Moscow in Syria to deploy poison gas against innocent children.
The remarks of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power clearly suggested that Washington would not seek U.N. approval for a military strike on Syria in response to an August 21 chemical attack near Damascus. Samantha remarked a draft resolution Britain submitted to the five permanent council members last week calling for a response to that attack was effectively dead.
“I was present in the meeting where the UK laid down the resolution, and everything in that meeting, in word and in body language, suggests that that resolution has no prospect of being adopted, by Russia in particular,” Power told reporters.
“Our considered view, after months of efforts on chemical weapons and after 2-1/2 years of efforts on Geneva (peace talks), the humanitarian situation is that there is no viable path forward in this Security Council,” she said.
“Unfortunately for the past 2-1/2 years, the system devised in 1945 precisely to deal with threats of this nature did not work as it is supposed to,” Power said. “It did not protect peace and security for the hundreds of Syrian children who were gassed to death on August 21.”
“The system has protected the prerogatives of Russia, the patron of a regime that would brazenly stage the world’s largest chemical weapons attack in a quarter century while chemical weapons inspectors sent by the United Nations were just across town,” she said.