UN Security Council incapable of dealing with Syrian crisis due to polarisation: Egypt

Ahram Online , Saturday 8 Apr 2017

Egypt says the solution to the Syria crisis does not involve military intervention

Turkish experts carry a victim of alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syrian city of Idli (AP)

The UN Security Council is incapable of dealing with the Syria crisis due to polarisation and conflicting interests between large states and permanent members, Egypt’s foreign affairs ministry spokesman said Friday.

The Security Council is unable to identify the perpetrators of Tuesday’s attack on Khan Sheikhoun, which led to repercussions as the US launched airstrikes in Syria Thursday, spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid told ONLive TV by phone.

“Egypt sees that the current crisis in Syria is a great danger that jeopardises the stability of the entire region,” Abu Zeid added.

“The current juncture in the situation in Syria endangers political talks, thus great countries such as the US and Russia should assume their responsibilities towards international peace and security,” Abu Zeid added.

Abu Zeid stated that involved factions should be pushed to return to negotiations as well as pushed to adhere to a ceasefire agreement.

The spokesman reiterated the vision of Egypt, a current non-permanent member of the Security Council, on ending the Syria crisis — one that doesn’t involve military intervention but instead advocates for the implementation of a long-lasting political solution.

The Syrian people’s interests should precede all other interests, terrorism should be eradicated, and the integrity of the Syrian state should be preserved, Abu Zeid said.

On Friday morning, two US warships fired 59 cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean Sea at a Syrian airbase controlled by the forces of President Bashar Al-Assad in response to a poison gas attack in a rebel-held area Tuesday.

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