Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon on Syria at Asia Society

Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon on Syria at Asia Society
By Abiha Jafri, Social Media Manager, American Pakistan Foundation

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the Asia Society in New York on Friday, June 20, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)

The United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon’s address on Syria interpolated innovative principles to revitalize the peacemaking efforts in Syria. Moon established the several transgressions made by each group, rebel and sovereign, as guilty of some crime, and that no group in Syria is “innocent”. He manifested the United Nation’s interests in the Syrian region in six  major points.

1. The UN must contest ending violence in Syria as a primary endeavor. The losses in Syria are insurmountable and are growing daily, which thus call for immediate succor. Discontinuing the prior violence can be accomplished by halting aid to those selling arms to the various provincial terrorist groups and the government. Moon also emphasised the danger of smuggling with the terrorist groups. He concluded this point by stating that the Syrian conflict can not be won by military means but by political reconciliation.

2. The UN is obliged to abet the innocent civilians of Syria via human rights watch. There have been several recorded atrocities done against the people of the country, which the UN must abrogate. 4.7 million people in Syria are also in ambiguous locations, thus creating  barriers in providing benefactions and consolation.

3.  The amorphous, poor political state under a despotic-like regime requires not necessarily castigation but rectification. The UN must strive towards endeavors in supporting a democratic government in the Syrian commonwealth.  Conciliatory measures will be made across the region in order to appease political tensions between nations especially with Iran and Saudi Arabia The UN seeks to abase political competition between enmitious nations. The competition has specifically stemmed from cultural and sectarian differences.

4. Recognition of the fact that each group in the Syria conflict is subject to depravity is crucial to everyone’s understanding. Therefore, a pivotal implementation in Syria is delivering justice to all; this will allow for a universal acceptance of faults and rightfully granted punishments.

5. The chemical warfare buildup must be desisted in Syria due to it’s grave danger to the region. The potential of violent jihadists acquiring these weapons of mass destruction will become an international crisis. Thus, the United Nations will enjoin deterrence of usage, and holding of, these weapons.

6. The final point of the General’s speech was a dictum against extremism in the area. Due to the resurgence in Iraq by ISIS, the UN has become increasingly distraught over potential terrorist attacks. These groups, including ISIS and al-Nusra, are well-funded and robust. If immediate action is not taken, these egregious extremist groups will rise and create mass chaos throughout the region. The atrocities of these groups are arcane and practically bestial. ISIS’s objective wins Sunni support by claiming that Sunni’s have faced great injustice from Iran and the United States. This type of brainwashing produces belligerents and the misnomer “jihadists” against Shia regimes. Moderate Sunnis are under immense pressure because of their capability to become sympathetic to the extremists.

General Ban-ki Moon continued to expand upon possible solutions for the the current situation in Syria. He asserted that other countries are responsible for “building bridges” of peace. There is no “side” that will necessarily win, which is the superlative conflict in this international crisis. Moon solaced the Syrian people by stating that the UN will strive to recoup peace in the region. Moon tells the UN to not be intransigent, but to set each other’s differences aside and work together to end this gargantuan and rampant dilemma. Moon has received positive feedback from Iran and Saudi Arabia, and will continue propitiatory conversation.

During the question-answer portion of the event, the General eloquently concluded his speech by sagely claiming that the United Nations must look back on the past and learn from their mistakes. The UN is not completely impeccable; however for future international reconciliation, all countries must have a united global vision. Nations must secede themselves from injustice and nationalistic boundaries in order to acquire international prosperity.