Georgieva Criticizes UN Security Council over Syria
Bulgaria’s European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, who is in charge of humanitarian aid and crisis response, has criticized the UN Security Council over its inability to forge a consensus on dealing with the Syria conflict.
Georgieva has told DPA that the Security Council was completely "paralysed" and called for a political solution" to what she said was the "worse humanitarian crisis in our time."
“It has become an institution of the past, completely anachronistic for the 21st century,” she said, referring to the UN Security Council.
“The fact that the UN Security Council is not even able to adopt a resolution that says two simple things - don‘t kill civilians; don‘t shoot at the people who risk their lives to help them - is completely unacceptable.”
Asked whether she was still confident of a political solution to the crisis in Syria, Georgieva said: “We urge the international community to find the courage and the determination to pursue a path of dialogue.”
The European Commissioner declared that the use of chemical weapons by the regime is unacceptable and must be condemned.
“But we, in the EU, strive for a political solution. I think the biggest problem now is that the international community is not acting united and the price for that inaction could be too high.”
She said the conflict might have a spillover effect.
“If Lebanon is destabilized, then we would face a huge problem with the refugees that are hosted there, but Lebanese may also flee and the danger for Europe would go up.”
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