DUBAI Oct 18 Saudi Arabia said on Friday it was
declining its United Nations Security Council rotating seat,
citing "double standards" that made it hard for the world body
to end conflict and wars.
"The kingdom sees that the method and work mechanism and the
double standards in the Security Council prevent it from
properly shouldering its responsibilities towards world peace,"
the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state news
It said it was unable to take its seat until reforms were
introduced, but did not specify what reforms it wanted.
The Security Council has been divided on how to handle the
civil war in Syria, with Western powers pushing for stronger
sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad and Russia vetoing
resolutions to that end. Saudi Arabia has been backing rebels in
The United States, Britain, France, Russia and China are
permanent members of the Security Council and hold veto powers.
Other states are brought onto the body on a rotating basis.