Qatar Emir warns against UN lack of action

November 8, 2013
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 Qatar’s Emir has warned that people will lose confidence in the Security Council and in the United Nations if they fail to live up to their responsibilities.

Referring to the developments in Syria, Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani said on Tuesday that “the Syrians did not start their revolution and bear what is beyond human tolerance for the mere goal of having the regime’s chemical weapons eliminated, but rather to get rid of that regime that does not hesitate to use the weapons against them.”

“The international community has failed to stand up against the regime that has been committing crimes against humanity,” Shaikh Tamim said. “It also failed to take binding resolutions to end the bloodshed following the use of the veto by some countries on the Security Council, thus paralyzing the ability of the Council to take appropriate resolutions, and as a result of the double standards in international politics. Therefore, in view of our long experience with the Council on the Palestinian issue, and on the case of the Syrian people now, I called, in my speech before the United Nations last September, for the need to accelerate the achievement of a comprehensive reform of the United Nations and the Security Council. Otherwise, people will lose confidence in the international legitimacy and justice that it should seek to achieve,” he said as he opened the 42nd ordinary session of the Advisory Council.

The Emir whose country has been at the forefront of those calling for a change of the regime in Syria, insisted that Qatar would not “let down the Syrian people who defend their dignity and existence on their land not just to achieve freedom and justice.”

“Nobody should try to exchange achieving justice for this people who paid the highest prices and wrote an epic of heroism and pride, for unconditional and non-time-bound negotiations that would lead to nothing.”

“Negotiations should be held to reach a political solution on the basis of the recognition of the fair demands of the Syrian people, and a timetable for achieving them,” he said, quoted by Qatar News Agency.

In his first major speech at home since he became Qatar’s Emir in June, Shaikh Tamim stressed his country’s deep commitment to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and to the Arab nation.

“We have always acted to strengthen the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and achieving integration among its states, bolstering Arab solidarity and developing joint Arab action, so that the Arabs have a high status and a voice in this world,” he said.

“The Palestinian cause remains the focus of our Arab and foreign policy in general as this Arab and Palestinian wound in the body of the nation is chronic and inflamed. Every day, Israel with its aggressive settlement policy pushes away the prospects of a just solution to the issue. The primary responsibility for the continuation of the Palestinian issue and the suffering of the Palestinians without a solution lies with the Israeli intransigence and the continuation of its unjust siege of the Gaza strip, the policy of annexation and settlement in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the occupied Syrian Golan,” he said.

International leniency with the Israeli intransigence amounted to collusion, the Emir added.

However, Shaikh Tamim in said that Arabs shared part of the blame.

“We must also blame the Arab inactivity towards Arab causes, especially the Palestine cause, and divisions among the Palestinians, a key factor in weakening the Palestinian position and making way for Israel to step up its aggressive policy in light of the Arab and Palestinians preoccupation with their differences,” he said.

         

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