"The Cold War is back" : UN's Secretary General, Antonio Guterres

14 April, 2018, 13:48 | Author: Hope Soto
  • 'Get Ready, Russia' Trump Threatens Missile Attack on Syria While Citing the Cold War

The U.N. chief told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that the highly volatile situation in the region risks "escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see, with profound regional and global ramifications".

He cited the Palestinian-Israeli divide, the Sunni-Shiite divide "evident from the Gulf to the Mediterranean", and other divisive factors reflected in a multiplicity of conflicts.

Western leaders have made clear the alleged toxic gas strike on the Damascus suburb of Douma must not go unanswered - despite a warning from the United Nations secretary-general that the crisis could trigger a "full-blown military escalation".

Under U.N. rules, the Syrian ambassador to the forum, Hussam Edin Aala, will "represent the body in its relations with states, the General Assembly and other organs of the United Nations, and with other global organizations". France is reported to be one of the strongest backers of a possible strike which Russian Federation strongly opposes.

It said it had asked the Syrian government to "make the necessary arrangements for such a deployment".

Putin was quoted as urging for a "thorough and objective probe" into the reports of the chemical weapons attack.

According to a statement of the French presidency, Macron calls for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

"France will shoulder its responsibility to end an intolerable threat to our collective security", Delattre told the Security Council. The United States is consulting with Britain and France about a joint military response to an alleged toxic gas attack in Douma that medics and rescuers said left at least 40 people dead on Saturday.

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In August 2016, a report by the United Nations and the OPCW said the Syrian military used chemical weapons in the town of Talmenes in April 2013 and Sarmin in March 2015, while the Islamic State employed mustard gas in the town of Marea in August 2015.

Nebenzia also condemned what he called the "bellicose rhetoric" of President Donald Trump's threat of a missile strike in Syria.

"It seems that with the latest developments, the atmosphere has eased somewhat", Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul. But the secretary-general took a much broader view of the often-interlinked factors escalating the chaos and threatening peace in the Middle East.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the United Nations today that no decision had been taken about military action against Syria, but use of force would be in response to multiple chemical attacks carried out by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Albania's Foreign Ministry said Le Drian canceled a trip there planned Friday "due to worldwide developments in the security field".

"History will record that, on this day, Russian Federation chose protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people", Haley said, referring to Assad. Syria's government denies responsibility.

They have documented 34 chemical weapons attacks in Syria since 2013, including 26 which they attribute to Syrian government forces, the most recent one on the Harasta frontline in eastern Ghouta in Nov 2017.

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