World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's foreign minister has said the United Nations and the international community had performed poorly in the face of the ongoing crisis in Syria where tens of thousands of people have been killed in the country's 18-month-old conflict.
"The UN and the international system are about to fail the Syria test. Human life cannot not be a matter of negotiation between the five permanent members of the Security Council," Ahmet Davutoglu told Turkish reporters in a press briefing at the Turkish House in new York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings.
Davutoglu criticized the Security Council severely of failing to adopt "a single binding resolution on Syria where more than 30 thousand people have been killed, over 50 thousand people have gone missing, more than 2 million people have been displaced and more than 500 thousand people have been refugees. So, why do we need the UN-"
The Turkish minister said the Syria crisis was not just the issue of Turkey and the country's other neighbors, adding that Turkey had shouldered a great burden since the beginning of the conflict.
"Seeing the same inaction which characterized the stance of the international community back in 1990s over Bosnia once again at the UN corridors over the Syria crisis really hurts me," Davutoglu said.
The Turkish minister said Turkey had been in close consultations with the United States over the Syria crisis as well as with Russia, adding that Turkey's expectation was directed at the international community.
Davutoglu said "mere cosmetic reforms" could not end the bloodshed in Syria, adding that the country needed a comprehensive change, "and without such a change no reform is possible."
Davutoglu said his bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discussed possible steps that could be taken regarding Syria, as well as plans to open a UN office in Istanbul.
The Turkish foreign minister also said Turkey, Brazil and Sweden had agreed to start an initiative to prevent offences against sacred values and religious beliefs.
"We have mobilized an initiative under the name 'Three soft powers from three continents' and we are working on document to be announced at the UN level," Davutoglu said.
As part of his bilateral contacts, Davutoglu also met with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle, Somali Prime Minister Abdul Wali Muhammad Ali, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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