Rosenthal calls on Security Council to impose sanctions against Syria

Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal has called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against the Syrian regime.
‘The Security Council resolution on Libya in March was truly historic. But the Council has failed to reach consensus on Syria. Every day we are shocked by horrific new stories. Peaceful demonstrators were carrying a sign this weekend, which read: “Help Syria. It is bleeding”. We need to listen to the people of Syria. I urge all members of the Security Council to agree on targeted sanctions against the regime.’

Mr Rosenthal was speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on the theme of the worldwide call for freedom. The title of his speech was ‘Freedom – A right for everyone, a duty for governments, the mission of the United Nations’.

‘Freedom belongs to all of us and must be supported through security, democracy and the rule of law, and prosperity,’ Mr Rosenthal said.

‘Democracy and the rule of law are the best guarantees for freedom. Democracy means freedom and equal rights for everyone. It provides opportunities to empower women. Democracy also means that the rights of religious groups, including Christians, are respected.’

Mr Rosenthal also underscored the importance of cooperation within the United Nations for achieving freedom in the world. It is becoming ever more vital that the UN adapt to rapidly unfolding international developments: ‘An effective and efficient UN is in the national interests of all its member states and essential for freedom.’