| UN: Ban challenges legality of US strike without Security Council resolution!


UN: Ban challenges legality of US strike without Security Council resolution ~ circa.

 

Copyright 2013 Reuters
The UN Secretary General has called on the Security Council to act if inspectors find Assad used chemical weapons but has warned of the U.S. acting unilaterally.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 AT 7:00PM
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“The use of force is lawful only when in exercise of self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations charter and/or when the Security Council approves of such action. That is a firm principle of the United Nations.”

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
In a press conference on Sept. 3, Ban warned that a strike from the U.S. and France could risk further turmoil in the region.
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Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria’s UN ambassador, called on “the UN Secretary-General to shoulder his responsibilities for preventing any aggression on Syria and pushing forward reaching a political solution to the crisis in Syria,” state news agency SANA said Sept. 2.
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“I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets… I will seek authorization of the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.”

Obama, citing the British Parliament’s vote in Syria, said he “welcomed the debate” on taking military action against Assad. He said that a military strike is not time-sensitive and that it doesn’t matter if it happens “tomorrow, next week, or a month from now.”
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The British government’s motion proposing military action in Syria was defeated in the House of Commons on Aug. 29. Prime Minister David Cameron said, “It’s clear to me that the British parliament and the British people do not wish to see military action; I get that, and I will act accordingly.”
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The White House released a statement on Aug. 30 saying that it assessed with “high confidence” that the Assad regime carried out a chemical weapons attack near Damascus on Aug. 21, including the use of a nerve agent. It also released a map indicating where it believes the attack took place.
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“Syrian government troops are on the offensive and have surrounded the opposition in several regions. In these conditions, to give a trump card to those who are calling for a military intervention is utter nonsense.”

Putin spoke to reporters Aug. 31, claiming that the Syrian regime wouldn’t have risked international intervention by using chemical weapons when, according to Putin, the regime is doing well. He also called on the U.S. to present evidence of the attack to the UN Security Council.
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“The chemical massacre of Damascus cannot and must not remain unpunished. There are few countries which can have the capacity of enforcing any sanction through the appropriate measures. France will be part of it. France is ready.”

– French President Francois Hollande
Hollande said the British parliament’s rejection of military action had no bearing on how France would act and military action could be taken before the French parliament meets Sept. 4 to debate the issue.
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<span><span>The German government has ruled out intervention in Syria. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said </span>"such participation has not been sought nor is it being considered." Popular opinion in Germany is overwhelmingly against action.</span>COPYRIGHT 2013 REUTERS
The German government has ruled out intervention in Syria. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said “such participation has not been sought nor is it being considered.” Popular opinion in Germany is overwhelmingly against action.
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“The threats of direct aggression against Syria will only increase our commitment to our deep-rooted principles and the independent will of our people. Syria will defend itself in the face of any aggression.”

– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
As Western nations readied for a possible military strike against Syria, Assad was quoted by Syrian state television Aug. 29 telling this to a delegation of Yemeni politicians.
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The UK put a resolution before the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council Aug. 28. According to PM David Cameron, the draft resolution condemns “the chemical weapons attack by Assad” and authorizes “necessary measures to protect civilians.” Russia has said the Security Council should wait until the findings of the UN chemical weapons inspectors are released before considering a response.
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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called for military action to go beyond punitive measures for chemical attacks. Erdogan said, "<span>An intervention akin to that decided for Kosovo must be launched. An operation of one or two days will not be enough. The goal should be to force the regime out."</span><span></span>COPYRIGHT 2013 REUTERS
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called for military action to go beyond punitive measures for chemical attacks. Erdogan said, “An intervention akin to that decided for Kosovo must be launched. An operation of one or two days will not be enough. The goal should be to force the regime out.”
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The Israeli military’s gas mask distribution network has been overwhelmed with increased demand as the West considers military options against Syria. Large lines have formed outside post offices, where gas masks are being distributed, and opening hours have been extended.
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The EU in May agreed to extend financial and economic sanctions against the Syrian government for one year, but it has not been able to reach a deal to support Syrian rebels.
Citations
  1. Britain’s Hague says EU arms embargo on Syrian rebels effectively ends
  2. European Union to lift arms embargo on Syrian rebels
  3. EU lifts embargo to arm Syria rebels: Hague
  4. Syria crisis: Cameron recalls Parliament to vote on response as Russia warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ of military intervention
  5. Merkel faces pre-election balancing act on Syria
  6. UK drafts Syria UN resolution
  7. David_Cameron: 2/2 Britain has drafted a …
  8. Russia says too early for UN resolution on Syria attack – Al Jazeera Blogs
  9. Assad says Syria will defend itself against aggression
  10. As U.S., allies weigh strike on Syria, nervous Israelis rush for gas masks
  11. Israel braces for worst with Syria as army calls up reserves, nervous citizens line up to receive free gas masks
  12. Long lines in Israel: Syria tensions spur rush for gas masks (+video)
  13. As Syria strike looms, Israeli gas mask centers get extended opening hours
  14. LIVE: Syria crisis: Latest updates
  15. France backs US on Syria action
  16. France’s François Hollande says Syrian’s alleged chemical attack cannot go unpunished
  17. France could act on Syria without Britain, says François Hollande
  18. France backs US on Syria action
  19. The White House
  20. Map put out by White House with the newly declassified information about Syria and chemical weapons – click to see full map – Gretawire
  21. U.N. inspectors start leaving Syria; Obama meets with security team
  22. Turkish PM says Syria intervention should aim to end Assad rule
  23. US claim on Syria ‘nonsense’ – Putin
  24. Obama says U.S. will take military action against Syria, pending Congress’s approval
  25. LIVE UPDATES: U.S. Prepares for Action in Syria | TIME.com
  26. Obama to seek Congress vote on Syria
  27. Syria asks the United Nations to stop U.S. strike
  28. U.N.’s Ban casts doubt on legality of U.S. plans to punish Syria
  29. UN Chief: U.S. Strike In Syria Could Unleash More Turmoil
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/03/us-strike-syria-_n_3861209.html_

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