UN chief Ban Ki-moon urges political solution in Syria at G-20 summit

September 6, 2013 | By | Reply More

Sep 06, – UN chief Ban Ki-moon has told world leaders at the G-20 summit that there is “no military solution” to Syria. Meanwhile, a US ambassador to the UN accused Russia of holding the Security Council “hostage” over the crisis.

hromedia UN chief Ban Ki-moon urges political solution in Syria at G-20 summit intl. news2UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed world leaders on Thursday during a closed-door dinner at the G-20 summit outside St. Petersburg saying the situation in Syria “has no military solution,” stressing the need for a political solution instead.

Ban urged the permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – that they have a “collective responsibility to mankind” to act. However, he reiterated that any decision “should be taken within the framework of the UN Charter, as a matter of principle,” the UN quoted him as saying.

Russia has been at the forefront of opposition to US-led military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. US President Barack Obama’s plan is to carry out a “tailored, limited strike” against Assad’s government, which Washington says carried out an alleged chemical weapons attack on August 21 outside Damascus killing more than 1,400 people.

With Russia expected to use its veto power to block any military action against Syria, US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Thursday accused Russia of holding the UN Security Council “hostage” over the crisis.

“Russia continues to hold the Council hostage and shirks its international responsibilities,” she said.

Last week, Obama said he would seek backing from Congress for a military strike in Syria. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday gave its backing for the use of force with the full chamber due to vote on Monday when it resumes after the summer recess.

If approved, the amended resolution would authorize military intervention with a 90-day deadline and forbids US boots on the ground for the purpose of combat.

Western powers differ in response

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that UK scientists have found evidence that poison gas was used in the alleged attacks.

Press coordinator for HRO media – Norberto LLuch contributed to this report.

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