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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

"Syrian conflict calls for Security Council reform"

  |   President Bronisław Komorowski at the UN General Assembly session in New York President Bronisław Komorowski at the UN General Assembly session in New York President Bronisław Komorowski at the UN General Assembly session in New York President Bronisław Komorowski at the UN General Assembly session in New York President Bronisław Komorowski at the UN General Assembly session in New York President Bronisław Komorowski at the UN General Assembly session in New York President Bronisław Komorowski at the UN General Assembly session in New York President Bronisław Komorowski after the UN General Assembly session in New York President with Polish reporters President with Polish reporters

The conflict in Syria has highlighted the inefficiency of the UN decision-making, Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski said in a speech at the UN General Assembly session in New York on Wednesday and appealed for the reform of the Security Council.

 

"Regrettably, we observe that Security Council members have taken sides in the Syrian conflict rather than made efforts to enforce ceasefire and peace talks. This has exposed the inefficiency of the United Nations' decision-making process," President Komorowski said.

 

He expressed the need for creating mechanisms that would enforce the cooperation of the Council's permanent members "so that preventing crime and effective response take precedence over particular, geo-political interests of the world's superpowers." See also: Address by the President of the Republic of Poland at UN General Assembly

 

The dramatic developments in Syria could have been averted if the Security Council had taken the required decisions in time, according to Bronislaw Komorowski.

 

The Polish president appealed to the UN for stepping up efforts to prevent the involvement of children in armed conflicts and fight poverty.

 

President Komorowski also praised the European political model which, according to him, tries to combine democracy and freedom with economic competitiveness, social justice and solidarity.

 

He vowed that Poland would continue to be actively involved in strengthening international peace and security. "Therefore we apply for a (non-permanent) seat in the Security Council in the years 2018 and 2019. We believe that we can serve (the Council) well in the efforts to implement the objectives and principles of the United Nations and to represent the interests of member states in line with the (UN) Charter," Komorowski stressed.

 

After the speech, Komorowski told reporters that solving the problem of Syria's civil war will test the efficiency of the United Nations. He remarked that the Security Council permanent members, who hold the veto right, should be more active. "If one holds the right to veto, they should also have the courage to put forward tangible solutions and trigger various actions on the part of the UN and the Security Council. This was the missing element," the Polish president stressed.

 

He noted that the UN needed to provide a better definition of conflicts that would trigger particular actions and which would not block the international community's activity in the face of growing crises.

 

Referring to the issue of Iran's nuclear programme, Bronislaw Komorowski said that the policy adopted by new Iranian authorities must be tested against their decisions and actions.

 

"It seems to me that the whole world is expecting changes in Iran's domestic and foreign policy," Bronislaw Komorowski said and added that "everything must be tested against tangible actions, behaviour and decisions that would re-define Iran’s role and place in the regional and global politics." (PAP)

 

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