|Kofi Annan, UN and Arab League joint special envoy to Syria|
The United Nations and Arab League Syria envoy Kofi Annan resigned yesterday. He announced that he is stepping down from his post and blamed major international powers for this decision.
According to Jose Luis Diaz, Amnesty’s International Head of Office and Representative at the United Nations, Kofi Annan’s resignation is a result of the failure of the UN Security Council to act as a united body and in a strong and decisive way in attempt to stop the ongoing violence in Syria.
The continuous blockings and vetoes of the UN Security Council decisions and Arab League’s programs by China and Russia, who are also the permanent members of the UN Security Council with the right of veto, it took almost on year to try to find any decision to resolve the deep crisis in Syria. Meanwhile the killings of the thousands of Syrian citizens continue till now under the international law.
At the conference in Geneva Kofi Anna stated that Syrian people desperately and urgently need action, while the members of UN Security Council act in the way like they are guided more by political and strategic considerations than by need to protect Syrian people and human rights in the country.
While announcing his resignation Kofi Annan declared that he didn’t receive all the support that the cause deserved and he also pointed out on the numerous divisions within the Security Council of UN which are the serious obstacle for diplomatic decisions and make the work of the mediator in such a conflict hard and almost impossible.
Russian President Vladimir Putin already condemned such a decision taken by Kofi Annan.