March 8, 2014
Argentina condemns military attack on Syria
Argentina has officially condemned Western powers intents for a strike on Syria saying a military intervention could “aggravate” the Middle East country’s domestic scenario and repudiated the use of chemical weapons.
Rather than a NATO-led action, Buenos Aires pledged for a “humanitarian intervention with no military prospects commanded by the United Nations” facing the “seriousness” of the Syrian crisis and proposed an “arms embargo” to stop the violence.
In an official statement, the Foreign Ministry called for an “emergency meeting of the UN General Assembly”.
Furthermore, the office headed by Minister Héctor Timerman warned the “United Nations will not be efficient while world powers think that only the weak must abide by its resolutions,” a demand President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has also taken to the UN Security Council calling for a redesign of the international body and questioning permanent members’ veto right.
When assuming the Security Council rotating presidency earlier this month, Fernández de Kirchner indeed highly questioned the UN status quo taking the Buenos Aires-London long-standing dispute over the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands to show how the power of veto of the UK –a permanent member- has rather served as a privilege to ignore international resolutions and commitments.
“Let’s not add more horror to the horrors we have already suffered,” Argentina’s statement adds also saying that the “supply of weapons to the parties in conflict, far from settling the dispute, has contributed to multiply the bloodshed of thousands of innocent people.”
“You can not continue to provide arms to conflict zones and then regret the dead. You can not regret the dead and then say the solution to death is to increase the number of deads,” the South American government affirmed and warned it “will not allow the UN to resign and watch how civilians are massacred with chemical weapons.”
For Buenos Aires, a humanitarian non-military intervention would help address the Syrian crisis although it pointed out that if such possibility is not viable through the Security Council, “it is already time for the General Assembly to take the matter in its own hands.”