Security Council on Syria: new wrinkle, familiar dynamic

Security Council Report offers its take here on the Council’s closed-door debate about a response to the Syria-Turkey violence. The dynamic is awfully familiar: It seems the Russian revisions presented today eliminated references to violations of international law and to threats to international peace and security. (Such language could potentially warrant heightened Council involvement in ...

By , a professor at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.

Security Council Report offers its take here on the Council's closed-door debate about a response to the Syria-Turkey violence. The dynamic is awfully familiar:

Security Council Report offers its take here on the Council’s closed-door debate about a response to the Syria-Turkey violence. The dynamic is awfully familiar:

It seems the Russian revisions presented today eliminated references to violations of international law and to threats to international peace and security. (Such language could potentially warrant heightened Council involvement in the Syrian crisis or might be seen by some members as language which could be invoked to justify further acts of self-defence.) The Russian draft instead apparently urges the Syrian government to investigate the incident, calls for the parties to exercise restraint and avoid military clashes in order to reduce tensions, and to find a way to peacefully resolve the crisis. However, it seems some Council members are still keen to include stronger language against Syria and there are also differences among Council members as to whether both parties, or only Syria, should be called upon to exercise restraint.  

David Bosco is a professor at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. He is the author of The Poseidon Project: The Struggle to Govern the World’s Oceans. Twitter: @multilateralist

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