Syria "most serious threat" to intl peace, security: Guterres

Frederick Owens
April 16, 2018

Further actions violating the United Nations charter such as the recent USA -led strikes on Syria will result in chaos in worldwide relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Ruhani over phone on Sunday.

Mr Nebenzia said Russian Federation was very concerned with "the risky escalation" of the situation and "aggressive policies" and preparations that some governments were making. The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed this report as fake news.

"Our president has not yet made a decision about possible actions in Syria, but should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree", said Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

The U.S., France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike in Syria.

The mechanisms and the safeguards to manage the risks of escalation that existed in the past no longer seem to be present, Mr. Guterres said.

"We've always condemned the use of the veto because that often prevents us from being able to take a unified position".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned of the danger of a full-blown military escalation in Syria.

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"We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice so they can be held accountable for the murder of this young girl", he said. He strongly backed the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' fact-finding mission to investigate last weekend's suspected poison gas attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, saying the first OPCW team is already in Syria and "a second is expected today or tomorrow".

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Mr Nebenzia said.

This he said in a telephonic conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In Yemen, which faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, Guterres called for a negotiated political settlement to the three-year stalemated war that has killed more than 10,000 people.

"The conditions do not point to a total war happening. unless Trump and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu completely lose their minds", he said.

"Having the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women's shelter", said Neuer.

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