When precisely did Kofi Annan catch on that the the UN Security Council is a dysfunctional and ineffective body that specializes in big pronouncements accompanied by little action?
The former United Nations Secretary General announced he’s abandoning his effort to find a workable solution to the crisis in Syria, because the Security Council was wasting its time on “finger pointing and name calling”.
While Syrians are being killed by the thousands, and refugee camps are swelling with families fleeing the fighting, the members of the Security Council are busy squabbling.
At an impromptu press conference, Annan said he accepted the role when it seemed the international community led by the U.N. Security Council could help end the violence, enforce a cease-fire and bring about a political transition.
But the former U.N. secretary-general told reporters he cannot go on when the 15-nation council provides no backing for his role, particularly because of the standoff between its five veto-wielding members: Russia and China on one side, the United States, Britain and France on the other.
… “When the Syrian people desperately need action, there continues to be finger pointing and name calling in the Security Council,” Annan told reporters in Geneva. “It is impossible for me or anyone to compel the Syrian government and also the opposition to take the steps to bring about the political process.”
The former secretary general professed to be disappointed by the situation.