Arab Nations Calls Saudi Arabia to Reconsider UN Security Council Seat
The Arab Group at the United Nations urged Saudi Arabia to reconsider its decision to decline a non-permanent seat in its Security Council on Saturday.
Saudi Arabia had been elected for the first time on the one of 10 rotating seats on Security Council but declined it hours later, accusing the world body of “double standard” in Syria war and other global conflicts.
“Saudi Arabia’s leaders should maintain their membership in the Security Council and continue their brave role in defending our issues specifically at the rostrum of the Security Council,” Arab Group said in a statement after an emergency meeting.
The Arab envoys expressed “understanding and respect” for Saudi position. However, said that it was crucial for Saudi Arabia to represent the Arab and Muslim world on the council “at this important and historical stage, specifically for the Middle East region.”
Saudi Arabia’s refusal to sit on a two-year rotating seat in Security Council flabbergasted the international community as it long campaigned for the seat before turning it down, saying UN is needed to be reformed first.
The conservative Islamic Kingdom flayed the world body for “allowing” Syrian government to kill its own people, its inability to find a solution to the Palestinian cause for 65 years as well as for its failure to cleanse the Middle East region of “weapons of mass destruction.”
“Work mechanisms and double-standards on the Security Council prevent it from carrying out its duties and assuming its responsibilities in keeping world peace,” the Saudi foreign ministry said on Friday.
“Therefore Saudi Arabia… has no other option but to turn down Security Council membership until it is reformed and given the means to accomplish its duties and assume its responsibilities in preserving the world’s peace and security,” it had added.