Saudi Arabia Declines UN Security Council Membership

October 18, 2013

Saudi Arabia today declined UN Security Council membership following its election yesterday.  In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia extend its "sincere thanks and deep gratitude to all countries that have given their confidence to elect the Kingdom as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the next two years."

Since the UN Security Council has not been true to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and all international efforts that have been exerted in recent years in which Saudi Arabia participated very effectively, "did not result in reaching reforms required to be made to enable the Security Council to regain its desired role in the serve of the issues of peace and security in the world,...the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, based on its historical responsibilities towards its people, Arab and Islamic nations as well as towards the peoples aspiring for peace and stability all over the world, announces its apology for not accepting membership of the Security Council until the Council is reformed and enabled, effectively and practically, to carry out its duties and responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security."

The statement noted a number of major issued the Council failed to act on, including the Palestinian issue, making the Middle East a free zone of all weapons of mass destruction, and the crisis in Syria, which is "irrefutable evidence and proof of the inability of the Security Council to carry out its duties and responsibilities.

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