Prime minister-elect’s remarks about baddies fighting with baddies has been supported by one of Australia’s most experienced diplomats who recently retired as Assistant Secretary general of the United Nations.
Mike Smith, who has spent decades as a diplomat, including posts as ambassador in Egypt and Syria, told a packed meeting of AIIA NSW on September 10 that it was difficult to see a good outcome of the Syrian crisis.
And he suggested that Australia will not get a lot back from its two-year membership of the Security Council, given the grip the P5 countries have on its operations and their ability to use the veto. However he was positive about other aspects of United Nations work, particularly the High Commission for Refugees.
Mr Smith was pessimistic about reform of the Security Council structure because long-established members were reluctant to give up their long established rights.
After the meeting, Mr Smith was interviewed by ABC’s highly rated radio program AM