According to the United Nations Department of Public Information, Mr. Obama spoke about the recent situation in Syria and urged the Security Council for a strong resolution that requires the Assad regime to comply with international demands. He said:
“Now was the time for a strong Security Council resolution to verify that it would keep its commitments, or face consequences if it did not. “If we cannot agree even on this, then it will show that the United Nations is incapable of enforcing the most basic of international laws.”
The president went on to say that it was time that both the Russian and Iranian governments realize what can happen when their governments prop up leaders like Assad. He stated that it led to something they had feared: chaos and extremists operating in the country.
Towards the end of his remarks, President Obama urged the gathered nations to give humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.
Leading the way on this effort, the U.S. State Department announced that the United States would give a further $339 million dollars to the issue. According to their press release, this new aid would bring the total of all aid to the Syrian people to $1.4 billion dollars since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War.