U.N. Urges Peace as Attack Against Syria Looms

'Give peace a chance. Give diplomacy a chance,' the U.N. chief said.

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Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon visits the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands, on Aug. 2013, on the day of the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.

The head of the United Nations made a last-ditch plea for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria Wednesday, even as the United States and other western powers moved closer to military action in the war-torn country.

Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. secretary general, was speaking at the Peace Palace in The Hague when he made his call for peace, the Associated Press reports. “Here in the Peace Palace, let us say: Give peace a chance,” Ban said. “Give diplomacy a chance. Stop fighting and start talking.”

But his remarks seemed likely to fall on deaf ears. The U.N.’s own Syrian envoy said Thursday morning that “it does seem likely some substance was used” in the attack that killed hundreds outside Damascus last week. It’s that attack that has led the Obama administration to say it’s “undeniable” the regime of Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against civilians. U.N. inspectors are still in Syria investigating the attack, but the U.N. envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, called the apparent chemical weapons attack “unacceptable” and “outrageous,” the AP reports. Syria continues to deny it used chemical weapons.

The Obama administration is actively laying the groundwork for a military response. And the United Kingdom is following suit by putting forward a resolution to to the U.N. Security Council “authorizing necessary measures to protect civilians,” BBC reports. Russia and China, among the five permanent members of the council, are not likely to support the measure, having previously blocked action against Syria.

[AP]

44 comments
Janice Elizabeth Poulsen
Janice Elizabeth Poulsen

Diplomacy please and when u KNOW who used chemicals, arrest them and charge with war crimes.

Elson Canlas
Elson Canlas

There can be no peace as long as a madman slaughters with impunity his own peope just to retain power for life. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely...

Mark N. El-Deiry
Mark N. El-Deiry

It's funny. That sounds a lot like what Obama said to Egyptian Interim President Mansour a couple of weeks ago when terrorists were running through the streets destroying everything. And that was in President Mansour's own country!

Guillaume Schwab
Guillaume Schwab

But maybe Bachar El Assad is more The Rolling Stones than The Beatles?

Jose Luis Luna
Jose Luis Luna

“Strategies,” sometimes they work, nonetheless, sometimes they don’t… I haven’t seen them have you?

Francois Desmeules
Francois Desmeules

at first it was a popular uprising, imply. but the Butcher Assad kill everybody to keep his corrupted sect in control.

Francois Desmeules
Francois Desmeules

Actually as they admit themself Syria has a lot. And they dont hide it.

Jose Luis Luna
Jose Luis Luna

Déjà Vu, ”weapons of mass destruction” … Here we go again and again...

Sharon Valle
Sharon Valle

Talking doesn't set with these people, they have actions, never talking

Louise Noyb
Louise Noyb

No repeat of Iraq invasion. It only made matters worse. So did invasion of Lybia.

Peter Tuann
Peter Tuann

there is no diplomatic solution, partition is the only non-violent option

Jill Elswick
Jill Elswick

Quoting John Lennon on the topic of peace is problematic, since he was an angry and abusive person. He knew how to get a lot of hippies to buy his music though.

Tony Owusu
Tony Owusu

Heres a novel idea for a diplomatic solution, how about you stop allowing the west to arm the rebels. Without Western intervention this war would have already been over and innocent civilians would not be in the line of fire.

Chris Wong
Chris Wong

despite my efforts with conflicts and problems I've tried to find peaceful solutions. how does one find peace when cornered?

Syeda Moosvi
Syeda Moosvi

Un kia anndhi bahri ha na dekhta na sunae deta haa

SENZAVENTO.IT
SENZAVENTO.IT

#SyriaCrisis: Western Countries are "jumping the gun", without a "smoking gun"... (P.S.: Iraq's weapons of mass destruction: Still not found).

Sittipon Janpong
Sittipon Janpong

NO WAR ! World and UN. Looking Love World and Peoples , PEACE.....

arvay
arvay

With this attack, which seems certain now -- the US officially becomes a rogue nation.

We have been such for a long time now, as this bit of news reveals

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/25/secret_cia_files_prove_america_helped_saddam_as_he_gassed_iran

But by openly expressing contempt for the UN and its Security Council, the US and Britain have clearly and openly crossed a line -- making any talk about international law pointless. The US habitually vetoes nearly unanimous Security Council resolutions censuring Israel -- now that it faces Russian and Chinese vetoes -- the Security Council is irrelevant. 

Yes, the Security Council is irrelevant, and the lesson is, if any nation wants to remain independent and resist the arbitrary power being arrogated by our failed "leaders" -- they should arm themselves to the teeth and be prepared to fight back. Arms dealers of the world -- clink your champagne glasses!

American military people engaged in this action should realize that they are acting on orders from a rogue government engaged in unlawful acts, and are committing acts of unprovoked aggression and war crimes -- the second the first casualty ensues. They should Google "Nuremberg" and read what those leaders were convicted of -- unprovoked aggression was at the top of the list. 

"Following orders" was the excuse. 

columbare1
columbare1

To those looking on the U.N. seems conflicted and pretty much helpless to do much of anything except spend money.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

Russian-Ukrainian volunteer corps going to Syria to fight (“Window to Russia”, Russia)

Plans are in the works to send a Russian-Ukrainian volunteer corps to Syria to help its leadership with the struggle against the rebels. Several thousand people have already signed up. This came in a statement from the initiator of the volunteer formation, Ukrainian intelligence veteran, Sergey Razumovsky.

“We have literally met with a squall. On all our electronic resources there are requests from people who want to join the corps, mainly from Russia, Belarus, and even Moldova,” Razumovsky says.

As for citizens of Ukraine, according to him, they “react with difficulty, so far”.

According to the intelligence veteran, the government of the Republic did not respond to the initiative. It is not specified when the formation of the corps will be completed.

In mid-May, Razumovsky delivered a video message about the establishment of the volunteer corps. He addressed his appeal to “all the military veterans of the Soviet Union, and Russian and Ukrainian officers living in Ukraine”.

Recalling the unsuitable living conditions of the officers, Razumovsky stated that they could offer their skills to the authorities of other countries - namely, to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad restore constitutional order.

According to Razumovsky, in return, the Syrian authorities can grant citizenship to volunteers, provide insurance to their (the volunteers’) families and help them find housing and take up residence after the war.
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_08_27/Russian-Ukrainian-volunteer-corps-going-to-Syria-to-fight-Window-to-Russia-Russia-7730/

WALT4535
WALT4535

 ALSO AS GOOD FAITH HE COULD  AGREE TO DESTROY HIS STOCK PILE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, THEY ARE GOING TO DESTROYED BY USA AIR STRIKES ANYHOW.

WALT4535
WALT4535

A SURE FIRE SOUTION TO THIS MAJOR PROBLEM WOULD BE FOR ASSAD TO THROW HIS BROTHER UNDER THE BUS. "MY BROTHER ORDERED CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO BE USED WITHOUT MY AUTHORIZATION . A FULL INVESTIGATION WILL BE FORTHCOMING AND I CAN ASSURE  ALL NATIONS IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN."

mishasze
mishasze

100,000 people died. That easily constitutes a humanitarian disaster. The US would not be initiating a war here.

Assad does not give 2 cents about his citizens (esp not from his own Alawite ethnic group).  Technically Syria has not broken international law until proven, but I really wonder why Russia and China actually support such a person.

simmons_porter
simmons_porter

Russia... China... Iran... Stop it!!! This is sheer ignorance... that which you chase is within... the more lives you save the greater you become... the higher the playing field... the more you see... the more mouths you'll feed!!! iron man... it's like chasing your tail or better yet the dog and the bone...

simmons_porter
simmons_porter

Russia and China not likely to support the measure because of the selfish motives and greed... wouldn't be surprised if Iran feels the same way... the objective in the end is all about the fight to win Jerusalem...   whoever wins in Syria wins Jerusalem... and the Game of Thrones continue...

arvay
arvay

@Sibir_Russia  

Good news. Russia I presume has many citizens who would like to obliterate the Chechens gathered in Syria. 

Good hunting to them. Please also send Iskander missiles.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

Most of the terrorists operating on the Syrian land have come from outside the country and are mostly affiliated to organizations known to be linked to al-Qaeda. his fact could not be ignored even by Western media as the British Times newspaper revealed that 10 thousand foreign fighters are fighting alongside the armed terrorist groups in Syria. Those include 150 Britons.

http://syriaonline.sy/?f=Details&catid=12&pageid=6937

arvay
arvay

@Sibir_Russia 

I think the American public is getting confused and increasingly, cynical.

First, Obama tells us a number of times that al Qaeda has been pounded so mercilessly that they are fading. Memories of Bush's "mission accomplished" flash through our minds.

Then, he closes US embassies in the Mideast and other places for a whole week, due to an elevated threat from this supposedly fading insurgency. Overheard them on a conference call! Luckily for us, the NSA was spying on everyone.

Now, in response to a chemical attack that hasn't been verified -- we're going to attack the Syrian forces -- helping al Quaeda -- which leads the opposition. 

Whose side are we on, anyway? 

This would all be hilarious except people are being killed and will continue to be killed for these "jokes," and there's now a danger of a much wider war. All of this seems not so much like a big plot as the fumbling of amateurs.