UN admits failure in Syria

UN secretary general admits failure of Security Council to resolve Syrian crisis due to divisions between leading powers

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Updated Sep 8, 2015

 Ban Ki Moon the secretary General of the united Nations, on Monday admitted the failure of the Security Council to find a resolution to the Syrian crisis was due to divisions between main powers.

The four-year-long civil war in Syria has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and displaced half of the pre-war population of 22 million people internally and externally. At least 350,000 refugee have claimed asylum in European countries since the war began in Syria in 2011.

According to the UNHCR, it is currently the world's biggest humanitarian dilemma. Thousands of refugees attempting to reach Europe have drowned or died on the way.

The refugee influx into Europe has been described by the UN high commissioner for refugees as the highest in a generation.

Ban said that Russia and China should “look beyond national interest” and support the actions of UNSC to end the war in Syria.

“When the security council members are united we have seen very speedy and tremendous impact in addressing the issues, as we have seen in the case of chemical weapon investigation in Syria,” he said.

Russia and China are the main supporters of Syrian President Bashar al Assad in the Syrian conflict. Both of the countries voted last year a resolution in the UN for an investigation into the Syrian conflict by the international criminal court.

The war in Syria started in 2011 in the form of anti-government peaceful demonstrations, but descended into a civil war between five main factions - the regime, the opposition, Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, ISIS, and the YPG militia in the north.

TRTWorld and agencies