Syria Crisis:South Africa warns US of risking world peace


PRETORIA: (By Nina Maria)—Showing sheer opposition to attack on Syria, The South Africa has said categorically that US-led attack on Syria will peril peace in the world.

South African president Jacob Zuma viewed that instead military intervention talks were the solution of spiraling conflict.

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim was of the view that South Africa objected use of chemical weapons, saying strategy to resolve the solution must be designed in line with the guidelines of the United Nations Charter.

“The UN Charter is clear that only the United Nations Security Council can authorize the use of military action, and only if other steps are deemed insufficient in paving way a peaceful resolution of a situation.”

Bashing the use of chemical weapons, Ebrahim said that Pretoria’s point of view on prohibiting the use of chemical weapons was loud and clear, adding that the final decision should not be made prior to the release of investigation results.

The Swedish scientist Doctor Åke Sellström and his team collected biomedical and environmental samples at sites in Syria where chemical weapons were allegedly used on 21 August. These samples have been brought at four laboratories in Europe for analyses.

The scientists are busy 24 hours  to get rapid results but one that also regards professional standards and protocol and without compromising its integrity, according to the UN.

Once results are presented, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon would put forth them to the Security Council and all 193 UN Member States.

Ebrahim opined the report of the UN inspectors was integral and its findings should be thoroughly analyzed and checked for an amicable way forward.

“The UN Inspectors are uniquely placed to independently establish the facts in an objective and impartial manner,” he said, stressing that the investigators’ final report should be the basis for a decision.

He said South Africa believed it was essential that a political path be supported by a united, cohesive international effort towards a Syrian-led negotiated political transition aimed at establishing a democratic pluralistic society in which minorities are protected.

In this light, Ebrahim asked all the members of the UN Security Council to unite in purpose in moving the parties to a negotiated solution.

South Africa has maintained that only a political solution can serve to end the ongoing conflict in Syria and has repeatedly demonstrated its support for an all-inclusive national dialogue, free of any form of violence, to honour democratic aspirations of the Syrian people.

More than 100 000 people have lost their lives, 4.25 million people have been displaced within the country, and at least another two million are now refugees. US President Barack Obama and his top aides have launched a full-scale political offensive to persuade Congress to approve a military strike against Syria. Congress will vote next week on whether to support his plans.


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