Saudi Arabia calls for Syrian issue to be forwarded to U.N. Security Council

July 6, 2012

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called upon the world community today to adopt a firm and clear position obliging the Syrian regime to give up its military strategy and accept a political approach to solving its country’s crisis. This message was delivered by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who led the Saudi delegation to the 3rd Friends of Syria Conference in Paris today.

Representatives from about 100 countries and international organizations attended the meeting, during which they discussed a plan for the formation of a transitional government with members of the opposition Syrian National Council. According to Le Parisien newspaper, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that the meeting would push for a Chapter VII United Nations resolution to enforce the transition plan agreed to by world powers last week in Geneva. Fabius said that the participants would also look to “widen the scope” of sanctions on the Syrian regime and “support the opposition by providing it with communications tools.”

In a speech before the conference, Prince Abdulaziz stated that the Syrian regime is no longer worried about the Friends of Syria Conferences and is no longer willing to accept a political settlement, since it still receives diplomatic, political and military support from a superpower. However, he noted, the Syrian regime is being pushed nearer to the brink of collapse as the number of senior government and military defectors increase and its number of supporters among the populace decrease every day.

Accordingly, Prince Abdulaziz advised, the international community must adopt a firm position obliging the regime to give up its military strategy and accept a political approach to solving the crisis, according to the Six-Point Annan Plan. Furthermore, the Syrian issue should be forwarded to the U.N. Security Council, where a resolution can be passed forcing Damascus to obey the Annan Plan, according to Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter. Finally, Prince Abdulaziz said, the world must exert every effort to unify the Syrian opposition and encourage it to play its expected role within the transition process, paving the way for a new era in Syria that achieves the aspirations of its people.

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