Dejected Kofi Annan down and out

Stabbed in the back by the UN

This time round, Kofi Annan never stood a chance of pulling off any successful mediation for peace in Syria. Little wonder that he has resigned, recognising the total failure of his 6-point peace plan.

He was facing a stubborn, wily adversary in the shape of Syrian president Assad, a slippery customer, if ever there was one, one who describes Syrian citizens as murderous terrorists, and who sees nothing wrong with his indiscriminate murder of men, women and children.

But Annan’s failure was more the direct result of those vested interests at play in the UN Security Council – and, damn it all, it was the UN (and the Arab League) that sent soft-spoken Annan into the Syrian arena in the first place!

I’ve commented before on Annan’s previous (self-confessed) failures regarding Rwanda and Srebrenica – it’s interesting that Ban Ki-moon mentioned those “incidents” before the Assembly vote; but, this time, he’s been repeatedly and treacherously stabbed in the back by some self-centred ‘officials’ at the UN Security Council – I hesitate to describe them as ‘diplomats’.

Announcing his resignation, Annan observed: “As an envoy, I can’t want peace more than the protagonists, more than [the] Security Council or the international community, for that matter.”

At least the UN General Assembly has mustered the balls to overwhelmingly condemn the Syrian government and demand political transition in Syria, albeit after 17 months of fighting and slaughter.

However, given that this Saudi-drafted resolution is “non-binding”, it’s probably a waste of time, just another puff of hot air. The fact that the resolution also deplored “the failure of the Security Council to agree on measures to ensure the compliance of the Syrian authorities with its decisions” merely states the obvious, emphasising the sad fact that the UN is totally ineffective when confront by a stubborn bully who seems not to give a damn for any remotely ‘human’ values.

Ban Ki-moon again: “The conflict in Syria is a test of everything this organisation stands for… I do not want today’s United Nations to fail that test.”

However, even this resolution was watered down after China and Russia objected to the draft demands that Assad should step down, and a call for other countries to impose sanctions on Syria.

Well, where go we go from here? More than 20,000 casualties by now, apparently…

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The UN General Assembly resolution: 193 members: 133 votes in favour, 12 against, 31 abstentions (who were they, I wonder?)

Predictable Russian reaction to the resolution, as reported by Al Jazeera.

Image source: UN.org

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