Russia: UN Charter's Chapter VII should be seen as last resort in dealing with Syria

Chapter VII of the UN Charter should be viewed as a last resort in dealing with the conflict in Syria, says Russian Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN Alexander Pankin.

"Chapter VII of the UN Charter is the last resort, and it is not always efficient," Pankin said following a UN Security Council meeting on Syria.

Chapter VII (Action with respect to threats to the peace, breaches of the peace, and acts of aggression), in particular, envisions the possible use of force to restore international peace.

In the absence of political will, no actions will work, including those against a government, he said.

"If none of the participants in this major process has political will, then no actions, including unilateral actions in relation to the Syrian government, will help," he said.

The UN Security Council should reach a consensus as to how it could facilitate the implementation of UN/Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan's plan, he said.

"We believe the UN Security Council should reach a consensus as to how Annan could be helped, and this does not necessarily have to be done under Chapter VII of the UN Charter," Pankin said.

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