Reprisals: “incompatible with the purposes and principles of the United Nations”

September 2, 2013


Rev Dr Anthony Harvey from Willersey wrote to the Financial Times recently making these  points:

In 1964 the UN Security Council condemned all reprisals as “incompatible with the purposes and principles of the United Nations” (resolution 188), and in 1970 the UN general assembly affirmed without dissent that states have a duty to “refrain from acts of reprisal involving the use of force” (resolution 2625).

To proceed with the planned reprisals against the Syrian regime would be to act in defiance of a growing international consensus that such acts of retaliation can no longer be justified on pragmatic, moral or legal grounds.