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Saudi king says world confidence in UN `shaken`

Last Updated: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 23:27

Riyadh: Saudi King Abdullah said on Sunday that
world confidence in the United Nations had been shaken after
the world body failed to adopt a resolution against the Syrian
regime`s deadly crackdown on protests.

"We all used to take pride in the United Nations which
used to bring us together and not divide us... but what took
place does not augur well as world confidence in the United
Nations has undoubtedly been shaken," King Abdullah said in a
short televised speech.

"We are going through scary days and unfortunately what
happened at the United Nations is absolutely regrettable," the
Saudi king said.

King Abdullah was alluding to the blocking by Russia and
China last Saturday of a UN Security Council resolution
condemning the crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad`s

"No matter how powerful, countries cannot rule the whole
world," he said. "The world is ruled by brains, by justice, by
morals and by fairness."

On Tuesday, the six Gulf states decided to expel Syrian
envoys and withdraw their own over the "mass slaughter" of

Regional kingpin Saudi Arabia called on Monday for
"critical measures" to be taken on Syria, warning of an
impending "humanitarian disaster".

Human rights groups estimate that more than 6,000 people
have died in Syria since protests erupted in March last year.


First Published: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 23:27

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