The United Nations Security Council is set to hold its second meeting to discuss the reported government crackdown on protesters in Syria. The 15-nation council failed to agree on a statement condemning the action on Tuesday with China and Russia raising doubts on such a move.
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has condemned Syria and called for an independent investigation.
“I condemn utterly the continuing violence against the peaceful demonstrators, most particularly the use of tanks and live fire that have killed and injured hundreds of people. There should be an independent, transparent and effective investigation,” he said.
The Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Ja’afari, has reacted robustly saying his country has nothing to hide and that Syria is perfectly capable of conducting its own transparent inquiry while adding some foreign countries were trying to destabilise Syria. And he fired a broadside at the media.
“The Security Council shouldn’t react to media reports. The Security Council is a responsible body in charge of maintaining peace and security. It should rely only on official reports. Official reports, not media reports,” he opined.