UN 377 should be invoked to save the Syrian people

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It is not clear how much longer and how many more thousands of Syrians have to die before Russia and China see sense and support the International Community to protect the people of Syria.

Most Arab States are now aligned against Assad. The options are narrowing and there is no hope for Arab diplomacy to make any headway.

The question is how to get around the Veto. Some legal experts believe that by invoking the obscure UN Resolution 377, also known as the “Uniting for Peace” Resolution, it would not be necessary to seek a UN Security Council Resolution.

On 27 June 1950 USA called on the UN to use force to get North Korea out of South Korea as they had ignored the Security Council Resolution of June 25th. This was voted for but Russia could not use the Veto because it was still boycotting the UN. As a result, the United States pushed through the resolution as a means of circumventing possible Soviet vetoes. The measure states that, “in the event that the Security Council cannot maintain International Peace, a matter can be taken up by the General Assembly”. This procedure has been used 10 times so far, most notably in 1956 to help resolve the Suez Canal crisis. Britain and France, which were occupying parts of the canal at the time, vetoed Security Council resolutions calling for their withdrawal. The United States called for an emergency “Uniting for Peace” session of the General Assembly, which passed a withdrawal resolution. (A simple majority vote is required.)

There is a general but not legally universal consensus that in exceptional circumstances the International Community can act to prevent human catastrophes as happened in Kosovo and Serbia in the late 1990s. In case of paralyzed United Nations Security Council and to stop flagrant war crimes against humanity, large scale violations of human rights and ethnic cleansing, all these can provide a legitimate basis for action on the part of the International Community.

Experts believe that if the Security Council is incapable of acting, a new norm of intervention by a coalition of states would seem to be entirely justified where large scale atrocities are being committed.

Atrocities and massacres are occurring daily in Syria.

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8 responses to “UN 377 should be invoked to save the Syrian people”

  1. This sure is an option that is not well known. If it can be done, and I do not see what it shouldn’t, then it must be passed with haste. The passage of such a resolution however must not be used as a declaration of war but instead as another means of letting the Syrian dictatorship that the international community is serious and will resort to military means if it has to.

    1. dateam Avatar

      Ghassan with all do respect you sound like you are running for presidency in Syria?? This conflict is bigger than you me Lebanon and a lot of other people…this is not about the Syrian people. Since when is it ever about the people….just look at Lebanon as an example….there’s too many external players in this…your in denial if you believe it’s about the people….5 years minimum this will go on for…then it will be split up…I’ve never heard of Syria having sectarian issues and now all of a sudden it does? This is the oldest trick in the book….yes there was a legitimate opposition that was protesting…then it was hijacked by everyone….now it’s not a revolution it’s anarchy….peaceful protesters don’t attack the army they try and win them over as they did in Tunisia and Egypt so they turn on the government….can you honestly tell me now if assay was to fall what you think would happen? Nothing has even been put in place in case that happens because the so called opposition is divided….as an army are you going to then sit down with these people and act as if nothing happened when they have been killing each other? Where was 377 for Lebanon,Rwanda,etc why not Bahrain, why didn’t they use it for the second Iraq war instead of the coalition of the so called willing?

  2. This sure is an option that is not well known. If it can be done, and I do not see what it shouldn’t, then it must be passed with haste. The passage of such a resolution however must not be used as a declaration of war but instead as another means of letting the Syrian dictatorship that the international community is serious and will resort to military means if it has to.

    1. dateam Avatar

      Ghassan with all do respect you sound like you are running for presidency in Syria?? This conflict is bigger than you me Lebanon and a lot of other people…this is not about the Syrian people. Since when is it ever about the people….just look at Lebanon as an example….there’s too many external players in this…your in denial if you believe it’s about the people….5 years minimum this will go on for…then it will be split up…I’ve never heard of Syria having sectarian issues and now all of a sudden it does? This is the oldest trick in the book….yes there was a legitimate opposition that was protesting…then it was hijacked by everyone….now it’s not a revolution it’s anarchy….peaceful protesters don’t attack the army they try and win them over as they did in Tunisia and Egypt so they turn on the government….can you honestly tell me now if assay was to fall what you think would happen? Nothing has even been put in place in case that happens because the so called opposition is divided….as an army are you going to then sit down with these people and act as if nothing happened when they have been killing each other? Where was 377 for Lebanon,Rwanda,etc why not Bahrain, why didn’t they use it for the second Iraq war instead of the coalition of the so called willing?

  3. This sure is an option that is not well known. If it can be done, and I do not see what it shouldn’t, then it must be passed with haste. The passage of such a resolution however must not be used as a declaration of war but instead as another means of letting the Syrian dictatorship that the international community is serious and will resort to military means if it has to.

    1. dateam Avatar

      Ghassan with all do respect you sound like you are running for presidency in Syria?? This conflict is bigger than you me Lebanon and a lot of other people…this is not about the Syrian people. Since when is it ever about the people….just look at Lebanon as an example….there’s too many external players in this…your in denial if you believe it’s about the people….5 years minimum this will go on for…then it will be split up…I’ve never heard of Syria having sectarian issues and now all of a sudden it does? This is the oldest trick in the book….yes there was a legitimate opposition that was protesting…then it was hijacked by everyone….now it’s not a revolution it’s anarchy….peaceful protesters don’t attack the army they try and win them over as they did in Tunisia and Egypt so they turn on the government….can you honestly tell me now if assay was to fall what you think would happen? Nothing has even been put in place in case that happens because the so called opposition is divided….as an army are you going to then sit down with these people and act as if nothing happened when they have been killing each other? Where was 377 for Lebanon,Rwanda,etc why not Bahrain, why didn’t they use it for the second Iraq war instead of the coalition of the so called willing?

  4. Llocks Avatar

    With respect to UN 377, if there are countries interested in securing peace and safety for the Syrian people then let them standup and be recognized. It’s time someone else other than the U.S. does the heavy lifting. How about some of the Arab countries man-up or shut up.

  5. Delia Samson Avatar
    Delia Samson

    With respect to UN 377, if there are countries interested in securing peace and safety for the Syrian people then let them standup and be recognized. It’s time someone else other than the U.S. does the heavy lifting. How about some of the Arab countries man-up or shut up.

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