Saudi draft resolution demands U.N. measures against Syria war crimes

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A Saudi draft resolution to the U.N. General Assembly’s Third Committee calls on the Security Council to “uphold its responsibilities” in bringing those responsible for war crimes in Syria under international criminal justice.

The kingdom “encourages the Security Council to consider appropriate measures to ensure accountability in Syria and stresses the important role that international criminal justice could play in this regard,” the draft resolution said.

It demanded that Syrian authorities lift blockade on humanitarian aid and relief operations and release persons arbitrarily detained.

Besides, it calls on the Syrian regime to abide by the recent U.N. Security Council resolution to dismantle its chemical stockpile.

The Saudi proposed document has also condemned the presence of foreign fighters in Syria particularly those belonging to Syrian regime backing group-Hezbollah.

The vote is expected within the first two weeks of November with no exact set date.

The U.N. General Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee commonly referred to as the “Third Committee” deals with social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues.

Assad’s regime is accused of using chemical weapons in an attack that was carried on Aug. 21 on the outskirts of Damascus killing hundreds of people.

The United States had threatened to use force in response to the violence but brokered a deal with Russia that led to the adoption of a Security Council resolution to destroy country’s chemical arsenal.

On Thursday, the international chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpile said that all of Syria’s declared chemical arms production equipment has been destroyed.

Saudi Arabia has recently expressed its dissatisfaction with the U.N.’s perceived inaction over Syria’s 31-month conflict by rejecting a two-year term on the U.N. Security Council.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry has blamed the council for failing in its duties toward Syria, saying this has allowed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to get away with brutal repression of the Syrian people.

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