BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – Syria is the victim of instability created by oil conflicts in the Middle East fought since the end of WWI, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said during her UN General Assembly address in New York City on Saturday.
“The recent wars, imposed on the Middle East, were fought in the name of oil,” said Kneissl who had opened her keynote address in Arabic.
“Now Syria is a victim of the instability created by these wars,” stated Austria’s foreign minister in her UNGA speech.
She said the Middle East had been “shaped by the oil business” following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the re-drawing of the region’s borders.
Kneissl who alternated between Arabic, French, Spanish and English in her address criticised international authorities including the UN for losing their effectiveness in handling crises including that of Yemen and Syria, saying “we get drunk with words like reconstruction, stabilisation, and constitution.”
“The populations, the children, only seek to survive,” she pointed out as she voiced Austria’s commitment to contributing to mine clearing operations in Syria and increasing its humanitarian commitment in Yemen.