U.N.’s Zeid cool on Sy­ri­an op­po­si­ti­on plan to by­pass Rus­si­an ve­to

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

USA - The top U.N. hu­man rights of­fi­ci­al re­pe­a­ted his call yes­ter­day for a di­lu­ti­on of big po­wers’ Uni­ted Na­ti­ons ve­to in ca­ses of se­rious war cri­mes, but he ga­ve litt­le sup­port to Sy­ri­an op­po­si­ti­on ho­pes of strong-ar­ming Rus­sia over eas­tern Alep­po. Rus­si­an war pla­nes ha­ve bom­bed re­bel-held eas­tern Alep­po in the past two weeks in sup­port of Sy­ri­an and al­lied ground for­ces who are be­sie­ging about 275,000 ci­vi­lians.

The Uni­ted Na­ti­ons says hos­pi­tals ha­ve been hit and mo­re than 400 pe­o­p­le kil­led. Zeid Ra’ad al Hus­sein, U.N. High Com­mis­si­o­ner for Hu­man Rights, said last week that Se­cu­ri­ty Coun­cil ve­to po­wers should be cur­bed to help re­sol­ve the si­tu­a­ti­on and bring Sy­ria un­der the ju­ris­dic­ti­on of the In­ter­na­ti­o­nal Cri­mi­nal Court.

Fran­ce and Bri­tain back the pro­po­sal, Zeid told a news brie­fing in Ge­ne­va on Wed­nes­day, ad­ding: “We would ho­pe that the Uni­ted Sta­tes, Rus­sia and Chi­na would li­ke­wi­se fol­low.” But he ap­pe­a­red to gi­ve short shrift to a pro­po­sal for the wi­der mem­ber­ship of the U.N. Ge­ne­ral As­sem­bly to ta­ke the mat­ter in­to its own hands and over­ri­de the 15-na­ti­on Se­cu­ri­ty Coun­cil, un­der a U.N. re­so­lu­ti­on da­ting from 1950, known as “Uni­ting for Pea­ce”. The op­po­si­ti­on Sy­ri­an Co­a­li­ti­on said on Tues­day its vi­ce-pre­si­dent Ab­dul Ahad Stei­fo would ask friend­ly coun­tries to press for ac­ti­on un­der “Uni­ting for Pea­ce”, which says the Ge­ne­ral As­sem­bly can step in if dis­agree­ments among the ve­to-wiel­ding po­wers mean they fail to main­tain in­ter­na­ti­o­nal pea­ce. “It’s not strict­ly a hu­man rights is­sue as such,” Zeid said. “The me­cha­nism was used first in res­pect of Ko­rea and has been used in res­pect of the si­tu­a­ti­on in Pa­les­ti­ne ma­ny ti­mes, so it is a de­vi­ce well known to di­plo­mats in New York. “Our pre­fe­ren­ce would still be that the per­ma­nent mem­bers of the Se­cu­ri­ty Coun­cil vo­lun­ta­ri­ly desist from using the ve­to (when the­re is evi­den­ce of se­rious vi­o­la­ti­ons of in­ter­na­ti­o­nal law)”, he said.

Uni­ted Na­ti­ons High Com­mis­si­o­ner for Hu­man Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hus­sein at­tends a me­dia brie­fing at the U.N. Eu­ro­pean he­ad­quar­ters in Ge­ne­va, Swit­zer­land.(Photo: REU­TERS)

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