US war on Syria would harm the value of UN: Iran UN mission
Press TV -(Sat Sep 14, 2013) The spokesman for Iran’s UN mission says any potential military intervention by the United States in Syria is against the UN Charter and harms the value of the international body.
In a letter to the US daily The Washington Post on Friday, the head of the press office for Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York, Alireza Miryousefi pointed to Article 2 of the UN Charter that prohibits all member states “from the threat or use of force against” any other member states.
“In the current debates regarding the authorization of military intervention against Syria, there is understandably great skepticism of both the legitimacy and legality of such a disastrous course of action,” Miryousefi wrote.
Miryousefi said the US ignored a warning from Tehran, communicated through a Swiss channel by Iran’s Foreign Ministry nine months ago, that chemical weapons have been smuggled to Syrian militants.
The Iranian official also pointed out that a potential military intervention in Syria would be harmful to multilateral nuclear talks with Iran as it would undermine a win-win solution sought by Tehran.
“From Iran’s vantage point, such military adventurism will send a clear message to the rest of the world that we still live in a pre-modern era and all the crowning achievements of the UN Charter and modern and civilized values are irrelevant,” Miryousefi added.
The rhetoric of war against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when militants operating inside the country and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus.
The Syrian government categorically rejects the allegation, saying militants carried out the attack to draw in military intervention.