Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Nikki Haley Threatens to Circumvent the UN Regarding Syria Intervention

Nikki Haley Threatens to Circumvent the UN Regarding Syria Intervention

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council on March 12 that a cease-fire resolution adopted by the Security Council two weeks ago "has failed" as the Syrian government, backed by Russian Federation, stepped up its offensive in eastern Ghouta. The two groups further call on the Security Council to take measures to ensure that perpetrators of these massacres are brought to justice. "We all throw options out on the table and then the president will decide".

"We also warn any nation that is determined to impose its will through chemical attacks and inhuman suffering, most especially the outlaw Syrian regime, the United States remains prepared to act if we must", Haley said.

The United States presented a new UN draft resolution on Syria on Monday calling for a 30-day cessation of hostilities in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta less than a month after the previous resolution demanding ceasefire across all the Syrian territory was unanimously passed by the UN Security Council.

The assault on Ghouta is one of the heaviest in Syria's war.

Eastern Ghouta is larger and more populated, with some 400,000 people believed to be living there, trapped under a relentless air and ground bombardment and a crippling years-long siege.

According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, around 511,000 people have been killed in Syria since the onset of the foreign-backed militancy some seven years ago. "The negotiations were long and hard; every minute we delayed meant more innocent people were killed", Haley told the UN. "Whether it's how the Syrian regime is using chlorine, and whether it's the ceasefire not being handled or the humanitarian access".

Turkey launched the military offensive against the US -backed Syrian Kurdish militia known as YPG, to clear its fighters from the enclave of Afrin. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, France or Britain to pass.

"If we can't count on the members of the Council to honor their agreements we can't accomplish anything".

"You're making everybody happy except for the people of Syria".

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Meanwhile, thousands of people were fleeing the northwestern town of Afrin as Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition fighters moved closer to completely encircling it.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres briefed the UN Security Council on Monday on the implementation of the ceasefire resolution.

Although the Security Council demanded a 30-day ceasefire in February, violence has continued to wage throughout eastern Ghouta and the suburbs of Damascus.

The council is also considering a separate US push for the creation of a new inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

"Syria is Russia's. They took ownership of it, they need to fix it and now they're whining because they can't", Haley said during her Central America trip.

The Assad regime is essentially a client-state of Russian Federation and Iran.

She vowed to close any room for evasion, though it is unclear how it could win the backing of Russian Federation, which has used its veto power to protect the Syrian government in the past.

"We are very much concerned that the alleged chemical use might be a pretext for something bigger and much more unsafe", Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told Reuters.

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