UN could have prevented deaths of 250,000 Syrians - Flanagan

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Former president Mary Robinson speaking at the symposium hosted by Charlie Flanagan TD, with Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Former president Mary Robinson speaking at the symposium hosted by Charlie Flanagan TD, with Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The murder of more than 250,000 Syrians could have been prevented if the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council had acted more decisively, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said.

He also said the UN should do more to respond to new threats by transnational terror groups that threatened the rules-based international order.

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