Most Important Element-Syria UNGA Resolution

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The draft resolution on Syria remains to be fully negotiated and adopted but few key elements are coming through even before final vote. Much of rest is as expected, particularly calls for end to violence. The United Nations General assembly cannot either impose sanctions or authorize any form of military action – that remains purview of UN Security Council. The UNGA has in past, most notable in our debates and resolutions on Bosnia in early 1990’s adopted language “urging” the UN Security Council to act. Would characterize three key points in latest draft with dynamic consequences.  GA Resolution would give Arab League plan, particularly for transition/transfer of power;  Calls for accountability for the grave violations of international humanitarian law. We think this is essential but lacks specific reference to International Criminal Court or UNSC referring Syria to such;  Calls for UN Secretary General to report back in short order to UNGA on implementation of this Resolution. Usually UNSG works and reports back to UN Security Council. Clear bypass of UNSC, (we did re Srebrenica inquiry request through UNGA in late 1990’s; however this places UNGA and Secretary General in even closer day to day working relationship which Mr. Ban will probably embrace – no longer concerned about re-election). In our opinion key provision lacking is the specific reference to the ICC, as we outlined in our previous Article. Perhaps no surprise though as most current drafter of UNGA Resolution themselves are not ICC members or particularly enamored. However, reference to ICC can both temper repressive abuses and further transition. Read: - “Syria UN Resolution-ICC Investigation” - By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey – Follow @MuhamedSacirbey Facebook = Become a Fan at “Diplomatically Incorrect” Twitter – Follow us at DiplomaticallyX War Crimes Justice Channel -

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"Voice of the Global Citizen"- Diplomatically Incorrect ( provide film and written reports on issues reflecting diplomatic discourse and the global citizen. Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey (@MuhamedSacirbey) is former Foreign Minister Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina at the United Nations. "Mo" is also signatory of the Rome Conference/Treaty establishing the International…

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