Responsibility to protect faces urgent test, says UN chiefListen /
Vulnerable populations in conflict should not be held hostage to disagreements over the application of the concept of the responsibility to protect.
That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly on Wednesday during the presentation of his report on the issue.
He said the adoption of the concept at the 2005 World Summit was a signal achievement not only for the United Nations but for the people of the world.
Mr. Ban said member States face an urgent test to apply the concept of the responsibility to protect.
"You have all seen the horrible images and reports coming out of Syria. Aerial bombardments of civilians. Mothers weeping, clutching their dead children in their arms. Inaction cannot be an option for our community of nations. We cannot stand by while populations fall victim to these grave crimes and violations. We must uphold the core responsibilities of the United Nations." (Duration: 27")