Saudi Arabia Says UN Inaction Gave Assad ‘Green Light’ For Killing People


Security Council inaction on the Syrian civil war gave the Bashar Assad regime the “green light” to attack its own people, Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah told the UN General Assembly early yesterday.

He said the Assad regime was “in a race against time to accomplish its objectives using the most advanced means of killing and destruction.”

“We regret that this regime continues to believe that it can proceed with its suppressive procedures to control the situation without any due regard to the high humanitarian losses,” Prince Abdullah said.

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He called on the council to support Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, and said he needs to go beyond the failed six-point plan of his predecessor, Kofi Annan.

“We believe that the success of his mission will require implementing a new strategy and a clear plan that aims to achieve a peaceful transition of power; and surpasses the six-point plan which the previous envoy was not able to implement any of them,” the prince said.

“Needless to say that the new representative will not be able to move forward unless the Security Council provides him with the necessary support he needs to deal with the Syrian crisis at both political and humanitarian levels.”

Meanwhile, a Saudi charity group will build a container city that can house 10,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey’s Kilis province near the border, a Turkish official said yesterday.

The project of the Saudi National Campaign to Support Brothers in Syria is expected to be ready within a month, the official said.

When opened, it will be the second camp in Kilis, already home to the largest container city for 12,000 refugees.

The Saudi organization will also set up a prefabricated hospital, said the official.

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