Gilmore calls on UN to act on Syria
Security Council has ‘global responsibility’ to act, Tánaiste says
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: “The overwhelming view of the international community is that a response is required.” Photograph: Eric Luke
“The information and evidence that is available to us points to the Syrian regime being responsible.
“It is not something that can be ignored, there has to be a strong response to it. That response has to come through the United Nations,” Mr Gilmore said, adding that the response did not automatically have to be a military one.
However, he said the UN “is not a forum where it is acceptable” for permanent Security Council members to block action where “the overwhelming view of the international community is that a response is required.
“The responsibility that they have as members is not a responsibility to their own state and to their own particular alliances, they have a global responsibility.
“Members of the permanent Security Council and the power that they have [is] in a unique position and they have to exercise that in the interests of all humanity,” Mr Gilmore said.