Saudi Arabia urges Security Council to exercise legal role in Syrian crisis

March 3, 2012

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has called upon the United Nations Security Council to exercise its legal role and to assume moral responsibility regarding the Syrian crisis. The Kingdom also urged the Security Council to initiate an urgent call to stop the violence, utilizing any means to halt the Syrian killing machine and to save civilians trapped in Homs, Hama, and all other Syrian cities.

These remarks were made by the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the U.N., Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Mua'lemi, during an address at the U.N. General Assembly in New York yesterday. Ambassador Al-Mua’lemi highlighted the need for the urgent delivery of medical and humanitarian assistance to affected civilians and the provision of support for the mission of International and Arab Envoy Kofi Annan. Furthermore, he insisted that all sides work towards a political solution that guarantees the right to a decent life, prosperity and security for the Syrian people, in accordance with the roadmap developed by the Arab League and endorsed by U. N. General Assembly. Finally, the Saudi representative advocated the deployment of a joint Arab-U.N. force to maintain security and peace in Syria.

Ambassador Al-Mua'lemi noted that since the failure of the U.N. Security Council to take action on Syria due to the regrettable opposition of some Council members, the Syrian regime believes that it has received the green light to crush unarmed citizens in Syria and their revolution. He stressed that the GCC states are ready to be at the forefront of any joint effort aimed at saving the Syrian people and strengthening their ability to protect themselves against an authority that has lost its legitimacy. The GCC states hold morally accountable the international community in general, and the Security Council powers that exercised their veto rights in particular, for what is happening now in the streets and homes of Baba Amr, he said, adding that they will be held accountable by history and conscience if they do not respond positively to the pleas of the oppressed Syrian people.