United Nations chief Guterres urges restraint after strikes on Syria


United Nations chief Guterres urges restraint after strikes on Syria

The reports prompted calls for military strikes against the Syrian government by the United States, France and the United Kingdom.

"There's an obligation, particularly when dealing with matters of peace and security, to act consistently with the Charter of the United Nations and with global law in general".

"Any use of chemical weapons is abhorrent".

China has reiterated calls for restraint and investigation to avoid war in Syria, emphasizing that the country's sovereignty must be respected and that thorough and impartial investigations are needed before jumping to conclusions about the alleged use of chemical weapons.

In an earlier statement, the United Nations chief said a new Cold War had begun in the wake of a deadly suspected chemical attack in Syria.

United Nations partner the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has deployed a fact-finding mission to the area. The inspectors arrived in Damascus on Saturday.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the USA and its allies "continue to put worldwide politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris and Washington".

"This is hooliganism in global affairs, and not minor hooliganism, as we are talking about major nuclear powers", the Russian envoy added.

The post UN Security Council Rejects Russia's Resolution Condemning Strikes On Syria appeared first on Channels Television. The draft, which sought to condemn the strikes as a violation of worldwide law and the U.N. Charter, received only three votes in favor from the 15 council members.

By contrast, eight countries voted against the Russian draft-the U.S., Britain, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland and Ivory Coast.

Russian Federation has countered that the US-led action was aimed at overthrowing Assad and keeping Moscow's influence in check.

"It is hard to believe that it is in line with the principles and purposes of the [U.N.] Charter to use or condone the use of chemical weapons", Karen Pierce told council members.

Britain argued that the strikes were "both right and legal" to alleviate humanitarian suffering from repeated use of toxic gas in attacks in Syria's seven-year war.

Guterres said he has asked Syrian special envoy Staffan de Mistura to come to NY as soon as possible to consult "on the most effective way to accelerate the political process".

Each of the five permanent Security Council members has veto power to kill any proposal put before them.

Russia's ambassador was dubious, telling reporters the environment was "not very conducive for any rapprochement", and that "first we have to sort out the political and unsafe military situation we are in now".

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who briefed the council before the vote, stressed again "the need to avoid the situation from spiraling out of control" and for a political solution. He said he would have his Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, travel to NY as soon as possible to consult with him on the most effective way to accelerate the political process.



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