Saudi Arabia declines UNSC membership

WAM RIYADH, 18th October, 2013 (WAM)– The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declined the election of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as a non- permanent member of the United Nations Security Council(UNSC) for two years, citing non reformation and inability as reasons.

According to the statement issued by the Ministry, “The KSA is pleased to extend its sincere thanks and deep gratitude to all countries that have given their confidence to elect it as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the next two years.” It added that the KSA, a founding member of the United Nations, is proud of its full and permanent commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, believing that commitment of all Member States, honestly, truthfully and accurately, as agreed upon and stipulated in the Charter is the real guarantee for world security and peace.

“With the current continuation of the Palestinian cause without a just and lasting solution for 65 years, which resulted in several wars threatened international peace and security is irrefutable evidence and proof of the Security Council’s inability to carry out its duties and assume its responsibilities”, the statement published by Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

It added that the failure of the Security Council to make the Middle East a free zone of all weapons of mass destruction, whether because of its inability to subdue the nuclear programs of all countries in the region, without exception, to the international control and inspection or to prevent any country in the region from possessing nuclear weapons, “is another irrefutable evidence and proof of its inability to carry out its duties and hold its responsibilities.” Allowing the ruling regime in Syria to kill and burn its people by the chemical weapons, “while the world stands idly, without applying deterrent sanctions against Damascus regime, is also irrefutable evidence and proof of the inability of the Security Council to carry out its duties and responsibilities.”

Accordingly, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, based on its historical responsibilities towards its people, Arab and Islamic nations as well as towards the peoples aspiring for peace and stability all over the world, “announces its apology for not accepting membership of the Security Council until the Council is reformed and enabled, effectively and practically, to carry out its duties and responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security,” the statement said..


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