Syria crisis: United Nations chief says Cold War is back

  • Syria crisis: United Nations chief says Cold War is back

Syria crisis: United Nations chief says Cold War is back

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the Middle East is in such "chaos" that it has become a threat to global peace and security - and Syria "represents the most serious threat".

António Guterres believes that the cold war camethe Cold war is back, but the old deterrents to it are no longer valid. "The mechanisms and the safeguards to manage the risks of escalation that existed in the past no longer seem to be present", Guterres told the U.N. Security Council.

"Increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation".

A competing draft penned by Russian Federation, which would have established the mechanism for one year as well but would have given the Security Council the responsibility to assign accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria, was also not adopted.

His reference to the post-World War II faceoff between the United States and the Soviet Union, and their allies, came at a Security Council meeting notable for its hostility.

It comes as the leaders of the US, UK and France are due to hold more discussions on a response to the alleged chemical weapons attack.

During a phone call on Thursday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump had agreed to "keep working closely" on the issue, Mrs May's office said.

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       Russia ups the ante and blames alleged Syria gas attack on UK
Video Russia ups the ante and blames alleged Syria gas attack on UK

"I'm in awe, Vassily, of how you say that with a straight face", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

In the United Kingdom, cabinet ministers agreed it was "highly likely" the Syrian government was responsible for the alleged attack and said the use of chemical weapons must not "go unchallenged".

Haley also said that Russian Federation used its veto power to protect the Assad regime and prevented the punishment of those who use chemical weapons in Syria. She also said that no country should use chemical weapons and go unpunished.

During the meeting, Britain's permanent representative to the United Nations Karen Pierce said that Russian actions regarding Syria are "the latest in a pernicious chronology of disregard for global law" by Moscow.

The suspected attack, denied by President Assad's government, was carried out in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma on Saturday, reportedly killing dozens of people.

"Increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation", Guterres told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called by Russian Federation. In 2017 he warmed against "the situation spiraling out of control".