Polish president Bronisław Komorowski, while addressing the UN’s General Assembly in New York last week, castigated the members of the organization’s Security Council for taking biased positions on the current civil war raging in Syria. According to the Polish president, the UN Security Council’s stance did more to fuel the conflict rather than assuage it.
President Bronisław Komorowski
Courtesy of KPRP/FLICKR
“It is with regret that I say the members of the Security Council were more eager to choose sides in the Syrian conflict and supported them in various ways, rather and force them to stop fighting altogether and to embark on peace talks,” Mr Komorowski said.
The Polish president said that the Syrian conflict had “exposed the inefficiency and ineffectiveness in the United Nations decision-making process.”
Mr Komorowski talked about an “internal blockade” in the Security Council, which he said is in need of reform. “Much too often, the immediate interests of countries take priority over values, laws and obligations with fatal consequences for human rights,” said Mr Komorowski.
The Polish president called for swift action aimed at conflict resolution from the permanent members of the Security Council, the US, the UK, France, Russia and China.
“If one has the power to veto, one should also have the courage to propose concrete solutions, activate some of UN and Security Council’s procedures,” said Mr Komorowski adding that in the case of Syria “this was amiss.”
Reforms to strengthen the council
Stressing the urgency for UN reform, Mr Komorowski said that, “one should not postpone things or wait for another anniversary as an excuse to once again make efforts to reform the Security Council.” According to the Polish president the council needs reforms which would “increase its authority, representative qualities and effectiveness.”
In New York, Mr Komorowski also stated that Poland will be seeking a non-permanent seat in the Security Council for the years 2018-2019. “We believe that we will be able to serve the aims and principles of the UN well, as well as represent the interests of member states in accordance with and in the spirit of the Charter [of the UN],” he added.
Mr Komorowski also met with US president Barack Obama in New York where he extended to his counterpart an invitation to attend next year’s 25th anniversary of the first semi-democratic elections, which were held in Poland on June 4, 1989. “We are counting on the active involvement of the US in the anniversary, which is an occasion to celebrate freedom not only in Poland,” Mr Komorowski told journalists afterwards.
From Warsaw Business Journal
Barack Obama to visit Poland in June?
UN urges Poland to 'complete CIA prisons investigation'
T-shirts, walkouts and firings at COP19 in Warsaw
Nothing but hot air at UN climate summit
Poland issues apology over Independence Day attack on Russian embassy
Will cabinet reshuffle save PO?
BY Remi Adekoya
What’s next for Jarosław Gowin?
BY Remi Adekoya