Syria, The UN, and British Foreign Aid

Backbencher September 27, 2012 0
Syria, The UN, and British Foreign Aid

According to reports from the U.K. based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, over 300 people were slaughtered across Syria yesterday by Government forces. This makes Wednesday the 26th September one of the bloodiest days of the 18-month conflict between rebel forces and the Assad regime.

David Cameron expressed his concern over the conflict at the United Nations General Assembly by urging world leaders to do more to stop the ‘atrocities’ across the war-torn Middle Eastern state. Cameron also criticised the UN for not having done enough to aid with the Syrian political transition,

‘The blood of these young children is a terrible stain on the reputation of this United Nations.

‘And in particular, a stain on those who have failed to stand up to these atrocities and in some cases aided and abetted Assad’s reign of terror.

‘If the United Nations Charter is to have any value in the 21st Century, we must now join together to support a rapid political transition.’

The Prime Minister did not mention the vetoes from China and Russia on sanctions towards Syria, but instead focused on promoting UN multilateralism for the transition of the Middle Eastern State.

Recently in Britain heavy criticism was vented over the amount of money spent on foreign aid. The debate is not looking likely to see a ceasefire anytime soon, especially after the Prime Minister’s pledge yesterday to send a further £7.4m to help Syrian civilians who have been caught up in the war. The question the British public should be asking is: Is the cause worth the money?

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