France condemns UN Council silence on Syria deaths

13th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

France's UN envoy said Monday that the UN Security Council is "morally responsible" for the deaths in the Syrian crackdown on protests because of its failure to condemn the government.

Ambassador Gerard Araud condemned what he called the "scandal" of the council's silence after UN rights chief Navi Pillay said that more than 5,000 people have now been killed in the crackdown.

"The Security Council is morally responsible for what is happening today in Syria, the suffering of the Syrian people," Araud told reporters after the closed meeting.

"France and other members of the Security Council consider that the silence of the council is a scandal. It is scandalous that the council, because of the opposition of certain members and the indifference of others, could not act to exercise pressure on the Syrian authorities."

Araud said that Pillay's briefing to the 15-member council had been "the most horrific" he had heard in more than two years.

Russia and China vetoed a council resolution condemning the Syria violence in October.

© 2011 AFP

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