Botswana: Botswana makes case for urgent UN action on Syria

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has challenged the United Nations Security Council to act on the protracted conflict in Syria, ongoing since 2011.

Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, minister of foreign affairs, on Thursday said UN is failing innocent Syrian people to go on through inhumane suffering.

Moitoi said the UN Security Council which is charged with the responsibility to maintain international peace and stability, is failing to find a durable solution to the conflict.

“It is equally worrisome that some permanent members of the Council are directly or indirectly involved in conflicts in the Middle East, therefore undermining collective efforts to find a political solution to the conflict,” said  Moitoi said in a statement.

Moitoi said ongoing attacks on innocent people in Syria and Yemen are deliberately targeting and destroying property and infrastructure, including hospitals.

“This sad state of affairs reflects a world which is fast spiraling into anarchy. This also demonstrates unprecedented abhorrence for human rights and lack of respect for human dignity."

She said the lack of consensus on how to address the conflict situation in Syria by the Council is reflective of a looming resurgence of a new cold war, and painting a very bleak picture for mankind.

“The escalation of conflicts in the Middle East and other parts of the world, and the blatant violation of universal values by some countries, is quite disheartening.”

Moitoi said Botswana wants the Council to step up efforts to avert the looming disaster that faces humanity.
-0- PANA DRW/VAO 24Nov2016

24 november 2016 18:50:06

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