Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saudi Arabia and UN

From Laura:  "Saudi lobbied heavily to get the Security Council seat 2014-2016 and spent money training their NY staff, had even planned what issues to raise during their presidency next July. Interestingly (ironically/ridiculously) they are posing this last-minute turn-around as a principled position over responsibility to protect, Palestine and making ME a weapons-free zone. Rumour has it the decision came from higher up than the UN ambassador. Wonder what Prince Bandar's agenda looked like the past few weeks in Washington... 

"...the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believes that the manner, the mechanisms of action and double standards existing in the Security Council prevent it from performing its duties and assuming its responsibilities towards preserving international peace..."