Didier Reynders deplores the Russian and Chinese veto of the UN Security Council Resolution aiming at referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court

date: 23 May 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets that the Russian Federation and China have vetoed the United Nations Security Council Resolution aiming at referring the situation in Syria since the beginning of hostilities in March 2011 to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Resolution introduced by France had been cosponsored by Belgium and the other EU Member States and another 36 cosponsors. It was in line with the joint letter of 14 January 2013 addressed to the Security Council by a group of 58 countries, among which Belgium, upon Swiss initiative with a call to refer the situation in Syria to the ICC. Indeed, without accountability for the crimes committed, there can be no sustainable peace in Syria.

For Minister Reynders, Security Council Resolution 2139 on humanitarian access in Syria must also be implemented. The Minister supports the ongoing discussions in the United Nations Security Council on this priority file.

Like the EU, Didier Reynders appreciates the efforts of Representative Lakhdar Brahimi to find a political solution in Syria. He regrets that the Syrian regime idid not engage sincerely in the Geneva II process. The impasse and the lack of perspective have led to the resignation of Mr. Brahimi. Nonetheless, negotiations remain the best way to end the crisis in Syria.