Holy See calls at General Assembly for ‘renewed’ UN to use ‘licit force’ against terror
29 September 2014
In the face of terrorist attacks on Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, and other lethal crises, Pope Francis’ representative at the General Assembly’s high-level annual meeting today called for a reinvigorated United Nations capable of deploying the necessary multilateral force to defeat the scourge.
“My delegation wishes to recall that it is both licit and urgent to stop aggression through multilateral action and a proportionate use of force,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s Secretary of State told world leaders as the Assembly’s 69th General Debate entered its second week, calling for a “renewed United Nations that undertakes to foster and preserve peace.”
Stressing the “the responsibility to protect,” the principle adopted at the 2005 UN World Summit embodying action to stem atrocity crimes and protect civilians when a State itself is unwilling or unable to do so, he decried recent actual or potential Security Council vetoes and the indifference of some that has prevented the necessary response.
“It is disappointing, that up to now, the international community has been characterized by contradictory voices and even by silence with regard to the conflicts in Syria, the Middle East and Ukraine. It is paramount that there be a unity of action for the common good, avoiding the cross-fire of vetoes,” the cardinal declared.
“Here with you today, I cannot fail to mention the many Christians and ethnic minorities who in recent months have endured atrocious persecution and suffering in Iraq and Syria. Their blood demands of us all an unwavering commitment to respect and promote the dignity of every single person as willed and created by God.”
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