Defer to UN on Syria: Zuma

By Drum Digital
12 September 2013

Global security matters such as the Syrian crisis must be dealt with by the United Nations, President Jacob Zuma again insisted on Thursday.

Speaking to members of the parliamentary Press Gallery Association, Zuma referred to last week's G20 summit, which saw South Africa, Russia, China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Argentina speak out against a possible United States-led military strike on the strife-torn country.

"We emphasised our view that the United Nations Security Council is better placed to handle the Syrian question within the ambit of international law," Zuma said.

"South Africa raised sharply the need to respect the United Nations and multilateralism in issues of global security."

Certain Western countries are reportedly drawing up a possible military response -- likely to be limited to missile attacks -- to a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus last month that activists say killed hundreds of people.


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