UN silence on Syria attacks ‘obscene’

A British journalist says the failure of the United Nations to issue an “immediate condemnation” of terrorist attacks carried out in Syria is "obscene," Press TV reports.

“How obscene is it that there isn’t an immediate condemnation by the United Nations,” said freelance journalist Lizzie Phelan in an interview with Press TV on Monday.

It is also “obscene” that there is no “immediate demand that those complicit in the attack… those supplying the RPGs and other weapons to these terrorists, be immediately stopped by any means necessary and that justice be served,” Phelan added, referring to a recent RPG attack in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Syrian state media reported on April 29 that a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Central Bank in Damascus overnight.

“Those who are complicit in these attacks are, of course, the NATO powers, Israel -- which is a de facto NATO member -- and its allies in the Persian Gulf.”

Armed groups continue carrying out sporadic attacks in Syria despite a ceasefire that took effect on April 12 and the presence of UN observers tasked with monitoring the truce.

On Monday, at least 20 people were killed and scores of others injured in two bomb attacks in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib.

Phelan went on to say that an “arrest warrant for their leadership, i.e. the leadership in the United States, Britain, etc. should be immediately issued; and that their ability to create such bloodshed possible should be stopped by any means necessary.”

The British journalist made the comments a day after Norwegian Major General Robert Mood, the head of the UN observer mission, arrived in Damascus.

The ceasefire was part of a six-point peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan in March.

“It is really obscene that Major General Robert Mood from Norway has been appointed as the head of the UN observer mission to Syria. How is it that a high ranking member of the military of one of NATO’s founding members is expected to lead a peace mission?” Phelan said.

Dated: Tue May 1, 2012

Source: http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/238969.html  (The video of the interview with Lizzie can also be found in this link)

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