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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 01 Dec 2011 01:20

Russian Warships Enter Syrian Waters To Prevent NATO Attack
Posted: 2011/11/26
Moscow in aggressive move to stop another "humanitarian intervention"
By Paul Joseph Watson

Russian warships have entered Syrian territorial waters in an aggressive move designed to prevent any NATO-led attack on the country under the guise of a “humanitarian intervention”.
“Russian warships are due to arrive at Syrian territorial waters, a Syrian news agency said on Thursday, indicating that the move represented a clear message to the West that Moscow "would resist any foreign intervention in the country’s civil unrest", Haaretz reported.
Russia has stepped up efforts to defend Syria in recent days, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov keen to frame the violence in the country as a civil war in defiance of claims by western powers that President Bashar al-Assad has overseen a bloody crackdown on innocent protesters.
As we saw prior to the attack on Libya, which was also framed as a “humanitarian intervention,” NATO powers are keen to demonize Assad’s government by characterizing attacks by his forces as atrocities while largely ignoring similar attacks by opposition forces, such as this week’s raid on a Syrian air force intelligence complex that killed or wounded 20 security police.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner rejects Russia’s claim that Syria is in a civil war, stating, “We believe it’s very much the Assad regime carrying out a campaign of violence, intimidation, and repression against innocent protesters.”
Of course, we heard similar rhetoric even as NATO-backed Al-Qaeda rebels were commandeering fighter jets and firing rocket-propelled grenades in Libya, actions also undertaken by “innocent protesters,” we were told at the time.
As we have previously reported, despite overwhelming speculation that Iran will be the next target of a military assault, Syria is the likeliest target for the next salvo of NATO-backed regime change.
US President Barack Obama got the ball rolling back in August when he called on President al-Assad to step down. The UN has already withdrawn all non-essential staff from the country.
Without Russia’s help, Syria would be largely defenseless against a NATO attack. “I don’t see any purely military problems. Syria has no defence against Western systems … [But] it would be more risky than Libya. It would be a heavy military operation,” former French air force chief Jean Rannou commented.
Given that the western press has proven adept at manufacturing lies to justify military interventions, whether the actions of Assad’s regime represent genuine atrocities or legitimate conduct in the midst of a civil war remains unclear. Some have claimed the abuses are being embellished, while both former CIA agent Robert Baer and ex-MI6 officer Alastair Crooke point out that the Syrian people definitely want change, but not in the form of a NATO “humanitarian” assault.

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 13 Dec 2011 20:11

US troops surround Syria on the eve of invasion?
Published: 13 December, 2011, 20:41
Edmonds writes that an Iraqi journalist based out of London has confirmed that US forces that vacated the Ain al-Assad Air Base in Iraq last week did in fact leave the country as part of President Obama’s drawdown of troops, but rather than return home, the soldiers were transferred into Jordan during the late hours of Thursday evening. Another source, writes Edmonds, informs her that “soldiers who speak languages other than Arabic” have been moving through Jordan mere miles from the country’s border with Syria. Troops believed to be NATO/American-affiliated have been spotted between the King Hussein Air Base in al-Mafraq and the Jordanian village of Albaej and its vicinity.

Nizar Nayouf, a correspondent for Edmond’s Boiling Frog Post whistleblower site, says an employee of the London-based offices of Royal Jordanian Airlines has further confirmed that at least one US aircraft transporting military personnel has brought American troops into Jordan in recent days. Nayouf, the former editor-in-chief of Sawt al-Democratiyya (Democracy's Vote), had previously been sentenced to a decade behind bars for critiquing the Syrian government. He later won several human rights awards and the 2000 UNISCO prize for press freedom.

Since the uprising of rebel forces opposing al-Assad’s regime over Syria nearly a year ago, American officials have been critical of the country’s government but insist that they have otherwise distanced themselves from becoming involved in the protests. Following the deaths of dozens of protesters in the spring of 2011, the United States imposed strict sanctions against the official government of Syria.

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 18 Dec 2011 22:06

Washington is ready to discuss Russia’s UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria, describing some provisions as however “unacceptable” and still not acknowledging that the anti-regime protesters are well-armed.
­What exactly the US and NATO countries consider to be “unacceptable” is the real question, believes Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar.
“Is it that the Syrian government cannot fight an armed insurgency in its own territory?” he ponders. “The Free Syrian Army are getting weapons smuggled from the Middle East to the borders [with Syria] in Turkey and in Jordan as well.”
Pepe Escobar says that the Free Syrian Army, which claims to have more than 25,000 members fighting to bring down President Assad, is in fact turning into a huge militia marshalling forces near Syria’s borders with Turkey and Jordan.
“This militia now is already involved in a sort of a pre-civil war at both borders with the help of NATO,” Escobar said. “What they want and what NATO wants is a simmering civil war as a prelude for something much tougher ahead, probably after the American elections in one year.”
Escobar believes that “the fog of pre-war” is already there, and says Russia is making an intelligent move in pushing forward a “pre-emptive resolution.”
“It condemns both sides and asks for a UN peacekeeping mission to solve the problem,” he said. “If there is a resolution in the UN, the first thing will be to send a UN peacekeeping mission, a fact-finding mission, to Syria.”
One of the reasons he believes that such a mission must be sent to Syria as soon as possible is because there are still no credible sources of information about what is really happening on the ground.
“The thing is we still do not know the role of these snipers that we see everywhere,” he explains. “In fact most of the civilian killings are by these snipers. And they even shoot children, this is true. But we do not know for sure if they are working for the Syrian army or Syrian intelligence, there is absolutely no evidence about it.”
“Look, we don’t know where these snipers come from,” Escobar cited people in Homs as saying. “They could be government, but they could be opportunists, and they could be mercenaries trying to incite civil war.”
http://rt.com/news/nato-civil-war-syria-011/

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 12 Jan 2012 00:44

Syrian president speaks to supporters at Damascus rally

Syrian leader Bashar Assad made a surprise appearance in Damascus’s central Umayyad Square to welcome his supporters on Wednesday. The president was joined by his wife Asma and their two children. “I belong to this street,” he said, adding that the plans of “foreign conspirators” will be stopped in Syria. The Syrian leader, surrounded by security guards in the crowd, said he and his supporters would triumph over “the conspiracy.” On Tuesday, Assad pledged to continue the fight against rebels with an iron hand.
Syria’s trouble: Civilian death toll continues to climb
syria civilians death conspiracy video ir labs.
“This is in fact not something that is open to debate”, Corbett told RT. “It was actually revealed in documents that were leaked from the US State Department last April that proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US State Department had pumped at least $6 million secretly and covertly into Syrian opposition groups. So when he [Assad] talks about a conspiracy to overthrow his government, it did come out in actual documents last year.”

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 18 Jan 2012 22:35

Russia to block any UN decision on foreign intervention in Syria

Outlining a year in Russian foreign policy, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reiterated Moscow’s insistence on an immediate halt to violence in Syria and the start of a national inclusive dialogue.
­Read the full transcript of Sergey Lavrov’s speech
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am happy to welcome you all to our traditional review of the past year’s results in international affairs.
It has been a difficult year, and our partners in international affairs all agree that we are witnessing a serious acceleration of international processes. It is becoming more and more obvious that the world has entered a stage where the geopolitical landscape is undergoing profound transformation. This change is accompanied by serious turbulence at both global and regional levels. We see the growth of crisis elements in the global economy. I am sure that you are well aware of all this and that you have been following these events.
Under these conditions, Russia has been working to maintain international stability and step up efforts to find collective solutions to the key challenges the international community is facing today. As President Dmitry Medvedev said in his State of the Nation address to the Federal Assembly on December 22, Russia’s foreign policy has become more modern; it serves the purpose of modernizing Russia, ensuring its security and developing partnerships with other countries in the interests of our people, in order to improve their social and economic conditions, to protect the rights of our citizens abroad and to ensure their well-being in general. We will continue our efforts to further strengthen Russia’s reputation and standing in the world as a key center of power and influence in the emerging new polycentric world order.
Perhaps the most important achievement is the progress we have achieved in integration processes among CIS countries. Member states of the Commonwealth have signed a free trade zone agreement and taken steps to further strengthen their alliance in the CSTO. Also, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have agreed to launch the Common Economic Space on January 1. For the first time in the history of our integration, we have created a supranational institution, the Eurasian Economic Commission, and we are advancing towards establishing the Eurasian Economic Union in 2015. The integration institutions established by our three countries are open to include new members and interact with other political and economic alliances. All these integration processes will help develop wide and effective cooperation between Europe and Asia Pacific in the context of this Eurasian integration.
Naturally, I should also mention the fact that Russia has joined the WTO. This opened a fundamentally new chapter in the process of integrating our country into the global economic system, which should make a substantial contribution to the comprehensive modernization of the Russian economy and create conditions for its intensive growth.
The Russia-EU summit in December demonstrated once again that there can be no alternative to strengthening our strategic partnership and that both parties are willing to develop our diverse interaction in various areas. Of course, the aspect of modernization is quite important; however, I would single out our agreement on the list of steps that need to be taken for us to introduce visa-free travel as the most important achievement. As another step in that direction, we have signed an agreement with Poland that practically introduces visa-free travel for the residents of the Kaliningrad Region and adjoining territories in Poland. As regards the economy, the launch of the first section of Nord Stream has opened a new chapter in energy cooperation between Russia and EU countries.
Our relations with the United States of America have remained one of the key priorities of our foreign policy. The past year was marked by the entry into force of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and the US-Russia Agreement on Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation. We have also expanded our collaboration on international issues. The US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission was actively involved in interaction. Nevertheless, there are a number of issues where we have a divergence of opinions – particularly, the issue of missile defense. We hope that the United States will acknowledge and consider our legitimate concerns, which we have conveyed to them as professionally and specifically as possible. We also expect our partners to make their choice in favor of joining our efforts in order to provide a unified response to the common challenges we are facing.
We maintain a similar attitude vis-à-vis Russia’s relations with NATO. I believe that we will be able to promote our partnership to a new level, given that we have managed to address the issue of establishing equal and indivisible security architecture in the Euro-Atlantic region based on mutual appreciation of our respective interests. Our proposal for a European Security Treaty is still on the table.
Growing instability in certain regions of the world, especially in the Middle East and North Africa, has highlighted the indisputable truth that principles such as promoting democracy and the rule of law must be observed not only in domestic policies, but also in international relations. We are strongly opposed to any violence against civilians, but we equally strongly disagree with foreign military intervention in favor of either one of the parties to an internal conflict. We also object to irresponsible application of the mandates issued by the UN Security Council with regard to crisis situations. Therefore, we consider it absolutely unacceptable to seek to apply the so-called Libya scenario to other conflicts.
The situation in Syria particularly concerns us today. We insist on a political settlement and back the efforts by the Arab League Observer Mission. We deem it necessary that any violence in Syria wherever it originates is stopped immediately and a national inclusive dialogue starts without delay. The Russian draft resolution submitted to and currently being discussed at the UN Security Council, also backed by China and other BRICS countries, emphasizes this.
Speaking of BRICS, let me note that in the past year mutually beneficial productive multilateral cooperation has intensified within this format on equal terms. As of today, BRICS has become a factor of global significance. The meetings of the BRICS leaders held last year reaffirmed that the organization is getting more and more influential in the spheres of finance and economy and, at the same time, is setting approaches backed by more and more countries to important problems of the world. We do hope that the forthcoming regular summit meeting of BRICS countries in New Delhi will strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation between the forum participants and will promote further consolidation of their positions in the world economy, finance and politics.
We have been strengthening our positions in the Asia Pacific, focusing on developing strategic partnership relations with China and India and intensifying diverse cooperation with Japan, the Republic of Korea, ASEAN and other countries in the Asia Pacific. This included establishing technological and investment alliances and participating in the activities of regional organizations. In 2011, Russia and the United States joined the East Asia Summit. This new mechanism is an interesting and promising format that will help build a transparent, open, comprehensive and balanced architecture for security and cooperation in the region. The APEC summit that will take place in Vladivostok in September will certainly help Russia expand mutually beneficial economic ties with other countries in the region.
I would also mention many countries in Latin America as our important and active partners in the international arena. We have been further developing our relations based on the principles of equality and mutual benefit.
The effective use of soft power in all its forms is another important resource in our work. We intend to cooperate with civil society institutions, the expert community, business circles and mass media. We will actively use the potential of organizations established last year, namely, the Russian Council for International Affairs and the Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Foundation, and other opportunities that we have with civil society in addition to traditional diplomatic instruments. We also expect that the new foundation for supporting and protecting the rights of Russians living abroad will become fully operational this year, as will the International Cooperation Agency.
We believe that there is a broad consensus in Russia regarding foreign policy guidelines as expressed in the Foreign Policy Concept. It primarily implies a pragmatic, open and predictable foreign policy, focused on serving Russia’s national interest, a well-balanced and multidimensional approach to international affairs and the maximum use of the resources available to us in international affairs for ensuring economic growth, addressing social challenges and securing the general well-being of the Russian people.
I believe our partners abroad have every reason to expect continuity in our foreign policy in view of the upcoming presidential election in Russia.
Clearly, problems in international affairs have not receded. This means that Russia will need to act dynamically and proactively this year. We will be doing our best to make our contribution to resolving those problems and to ensure a favorable environment for our country’s progressive development.
http://rt.com/politics/official-word/ru ... ister-061/
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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 23 Jan 2012 16:40

Syria sanctions: EU extends asset freeze, travel ban
Published: 23 January, 2012, 14:56
Edited: 23 January, 2012, 18:08
http://rt.com/news/eu-ministers-syria-sanctions-437/
EU foreign ministers have adopted fresh sanctions against Syria, targeting a new list of people and firms to be hit by a travel ban and asset freeze. This is the 11th consecutive round of sanctions to be imposed on the violence-torn country.

Under the new sanctions, agreed on Monday, so-called "restrictive measures" will be enforced against eight more Syrian companies and 22 senior officials, who will be added to an existing blacklist. The companies’ European assets will be frozen, and individuals will be barred from entering the EU.

"We call again for the violence to stop, for the (Arab League) monitors to be able to do their job unheeded," said European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton as she went into talks with the EU's 27 foreign ministers. "We're deeply concerned with the situation in Syria," she added. "There needs to be a peaceful transition in that country."

An official announcement on the sanctions is expected later today. No details were immediately available on the identities of the new targets.

The EU has already agreed 10 rounds of sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, with some 120 people and companies targeted so far by an EU assets freeze and travel ban. It is also enforcing an arms embargo and a ban on imports of Syrian crude oil.

In December, it expanded its sanctions list to include Syria’s finance and economy ministers, state-owned oil companies and two media organizations.

The EU move comes after Syria rejected an Arab League plan for Assad to transfer power to his deputy and make way for a national unity government.Currently the UN estimates more than 5,400 people have been killed in the crackdown on democracy protests since March.

Meanwhile, the Arab League has extended its fact-finding observer mission in Syria for another month. The decision was made during a meeting between Arab foreign ministers on Sunday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The observer mission is meant to be a first step toward implementing an Arab League plan to end the Syria crisis. However the mission has attracted criticism, with accusations by groups including the New York-based Human Rights Watch that Assad has manipulated the mission, moving his forces around instead of removing them from cities, all the while continuing the crackdown.

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 04 Feb 2012 20:53

Russia, China veto UN Security Council resolution on Syria
Published: 04 February, 2012, 21:05
The United Nations Security Council has just voted on a draft resolution concerning the ongoing violence in Syria.
Of the voting members, Russia and China were the only ones to vote against the draft, but as permanent members of the UNSC they both hold veto power, and the resolution has not been passed as a result.
The news follows days of heated political debates in the UNSC, with many members supporting a Western-backed draft calling for foreign nations to put an end to what some called the “Syrian killing machine.”
Russia and China were the only permanent Security Council members opposing the draft, reminding others that it was not their place to intervene in another country's domestic affairs.
Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said earlier that any proposals including an arms embargo or the demand for Assad’s resignation would be vetoed. Though the draft in question did not contain either point, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the resolution still had major problems.
Lavrov told an audience at the Munich Security Conference that there are too few demands being placed on Syria's armed opposition; also, the resolution could cause affect the outcome of political dialogue between the conflicting sides.
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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 17 Feb 2012 11:18

Hezbollah leader renews support for Assad

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has accused Western and Arab states of seeking to topple the embattled Syrian President and renewed his support for Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian President has presented a series of political reforms that could end the crisis, the Hezbollah leader said. He accused Lebanon March 14 parties on Thursday of financing and arming Syrian opposition groups fighting to oust the Syrian President. He suggested that Lebanon political parties should be “neutral” with regard to Syria. Nasrallah also said the US and Israel are working to ignite “a civil war” in Syria.
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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 26 Feb 2012 12:07

Tunisijas konference, ko uzrīkoja ASV, Lielbritānija un Francija (Lībijas trijotne) ar saviem islamistu vasaļiem (Sīrijas draugiem), lai lemtu Sīrijas likteni ir atavisms mūsdienu pasaulē. Agresori grasās vienoties par valsts izdemolizēšanu.

Weapons divide: Arms supply issue splits Friends of Syria
Published: 24 February, 2012, 23:57
Edited: 25 February, 2012, 12:34
http://rt.com/news/weapons-syria-rebels-supplies-181/
The opposition National Syrian Council has called on the Friends of Syria to provide the rebels with arms. “Excellent idea,” said the Saudi foreign minister, while the US is calling for an end to “supplying weapons to kill civilians."
­Therefore, if everyone gathered in Tunisia for the Syria conference gets their way, the Syrian rebels will be equipped to fight, while President Assad’s forces will not.
“The Friends of Syria should not constrain individual countries from aiding the Syrian opposition by means of military advisors, training and the provision of arms to defend themselves," said a member of the Istanbul-based Syrian National Council to the outright approval of the Saudi delegation.
The Saudi stance may well set them at loggerheads with Turkey, who have actually called for an arms embargo to be imposed on the troubled country.
Such a ban would choke off any official arms supplies to Syria. But would an embargo affect deals done under the table?
A Friday report by Reuters says the West has been turning a blind eye to weapons purchases made by the Syrian rebels, though international arms contracts should be sanctioned by governments.
"We are bringing in defensive and offensive weapons. It is coming from everywhere, including Western countries and it is not difficult to get anything through the borders," a source in the Syrian opposition told the news agency, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"There is not a decision by any country to arm the rebels, but countries are allowing Syrians to buy weapons and send them into the country," he added without elaborating on the exact suppliers.
Now the Syrian opposition is trying to find ways to deliver anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons to the Free Syrian Army, an opposition group fighting pro-Assad forces inside the country.
Officially supplying the Syrian rebels with arms is a hot issue among Western and Arab countries. The step might prove to be fatal, as every nation would start militarizing its own favorite in the Syrian race.

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 28 Feb 2012 16:46

‘Majority of Syrians are non-people for the West’
Neil Clark, a journalist and contributor to The Guardian, believes Western leaders are being highly hypocritical when they criticize the Syrian regime for being undemocratic, and yet fail to respect the views of the majority of Syrians.
“Fifty-seven per cent of Syrians have voted and an overwhelming majority of them have said yes to it,” he told RT “It’s a great day for democracy in Syria. And yet what’s the reaction been by the Western leaders? Well, Hillary Clinton denounced it as a cynical ploy. Guido Westerwelle, the German foreign minister, said that it was a sham, but in fact what is a sham is the West’s approach because the reaction to this referendum shows us that they’re not really keen on democracy in Syria.”
Clark said the West tends to cast a blind eye on huge pro-Assad demonstrations and the fact that 55 per cent of Syrians want President Assad to stay.
“The reality is that the majority of Syrians support Assad, but for the West these are non-people, their views don’t count”.
He noted the symbolism of the announcement of new sanctions against Syria by the EU.
“On the very day that Syria, after five decades of one-party rule, votes for democracy, what does the EU do? It announces tough new sanctions on Syria. It’s highly symbolic.”
Clark expressed his opinion that the EU was hardly a democratic body itself.
“I think that it’s quite ironic on this very day we also have the French President Nicolas Sarkozy explaining why we, the European people, are not going to be allowed to vote ourselves on the EU fiscal treaty. He says it’s too hard for us to understand. So the EU, which is claiming to be in favor of democracy, is actually working against it.”
He concluded by saying that the majority of Syrians do not want their country to disintegrate like Iraq or Libya and see President Assad and the Ba’ath party as the preferred solution to hold the country together.
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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 01 Mar 2012 15:38

Clinton: More questions than answers about Syrian opposition
http://rt.com/news/clinton-syria-opposition-arms-565/
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has admitted that her government lacks a clear understanding of the Syrian opposition. She spoke out against arming it, saying the weapons could potentially end up in al-Qaeda’s hands.
­Appearing before the US House of Representatives' Appropriations subcommittee, Clinton outlined the Obama administration’s view on the current state of global affairs and answered questions posed by lawmakers. Speaking about the possibility of providing arms to the Syrian opposition, a measure supported by a number of US Congressmen, Clinton evoked Libya's recent past, and said Syria's situation now was quite different, Itar-Tass reports.
Clinton pointed to the fact that the Libyan opposition, led by the National Transitional Council, was a much more congruent and cohesive group that the US could work with. It is much less clear what or who exactly the Syrian opposition is, Clinton said. And with open support coming from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, Washington would be forced to ask exactly who would be on the receiving end of possible arms shipments – and just how effective they would be in promoting American interests.
She also took note of the differences in military structures between the two regimes. Libya effectively lacked a regular army, while its irregular armed units led by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and close assistants were poorly equipped. Gaddafi’s military units were strikingly different to the regular armed forces of Syria, which, Clinton said, possess one of the best-equipped air defenses in the world. Providing guns to the Syrian opposition would therefore be somewhat of a futile effort, given that they would have to face attack from myriad tanks and heavy artillery.
Clinton’s statements were similar to what she had said during an interview with CBS’s Wyatt Andrews on Sunday. The interview was published on the State Department’s website.
“We have met some of the people from the Syrian National Council,” she said, noting that “they’re not inside Syria. This is not Libya, where you had a base of operations in Benghazi, where you had people who were representing the entire opposition to Libya, who were on the road meeting with me rather constantly, meeting with others.”
Clinton also discussed why Washington was reluctant to support the Syrian opposition with weapons, warning that such a move could end up bolstering al-Qaeda and Hamas, groups the US and many other governments consider terrorist organizations.
“So maybe at best, you can smuggle in automatic weapons, maybe some other weapons that you could get in. To whom, where do you go? You can’t get into Homs. Where do you go? And to whom are you delivering them? We know al-Qaeda. Zawahiri is supporting the opposition in Syria. Are we supporting al-Qaeda in Syria? Hamas is now supporting the opposition. Are we supporting Hamas in Syria?”

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 06 Mar 2012 16:19

13 undercover French army officers seized in Syria – report
Published: 05 March, 2012, 19:59
http://rt.com/news/french-army-officers-syria-893/
Thirteen French officers have been captured by the Syrian Army, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper. It claims it received the information from a pro-Syrian Palestinian in Damascus.
­According to the source, the officers were taken captive in the city of Homs – the heart of the internal conflict between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, and insurrectionists – and are being held in a field hospital there. The source claims the French and Syrian governments are locked in negotiations over the fate of the men.
If confirmed, it would be an embarrassment to France. However the French Foreign Ministry has categorically stated that there are no French soldiers in Syria. Perhaps more intriguingly, the Ministry of Defense has not issued an outright denial, saying instead that it has no knowledge of the situation.

Official Damascus has similarly refused to comment.

Despite imposing ever-tougher sanctions on Syria, the West has consistently denied that it has troops on the ground, although there have been occasional rumors. There have also been several reports of NATO powers supplying arms to the rebels.
If the information is proven to be correct, however, it will give rise to speculation over what exactly the French officers were doing in the war-torn country.
The most obvious assumption is their involvement in the rescue of French journalists last week. Reporter Edith Bouvier and three other Westerners were holed up in a journalists’ compound in Homs which came under heavy fire before a special operation rescued them. But in an interview earlier today, one of the journalists, photographer William Daniels, denied this: “I never saw any French troops during this operation. We were only with Syrians from the rebel army. We owe our escape to them.”
More speculatively, the French troops could have been giving military guidance to the rebels, who floundered when fighting the better-organized army forces. While this is not unprecedented, the French officers have no international mandate to participate in this internal conflict.
Although at the moment none of this can be independently verified, any potential negotiations will be made more difficult by the fact that France said last week that it is closing its embassy in Damascus, symbolically severing diplomatic relations with the al-Assad regime.

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 06 Mar 2012 16:56

Syrian parliamentary election, 2012
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Parliamentary elections are due to be held in Syria by the end of May 2012, following the approval of a new constitution of Syria, in a referendum on 26 February 2012.[1]
The elections were postponed from May 2011 to February 2012 and then again, due to the current uprising and the revision of some laws.[2]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_par ... tion,_2012

Jaunā 2012 gada Sīrijas konstitūcijas ievads:
Introduction
Throughout its long history, the Arab civilization, being part of the human heritage, has faced hugechallenges aimed at breaking its will and subjecting it to colonial domination. It has constantly been ableto withstand these challenges and rise up to fulfill its role in shaping human civilization through its owncreative abilities.
The Syrian Arab Republic is proud of its Arab identity and of its people forming an integral part of theArab nation, manifested in ongoing national and regional contributions and an ongoing endeavor tosupport Arab cooperation
towardsunity of the Arab nation.
Abiding by righteousness, justice, and international law, the Syrian Arab Republic aims to achieve andmaintain peace and international security, both of which it considers to be key objectives.
Over the past decades, the significance of the Syrian role has increased both regionally andinternationally, thus resulting in several human and national achievements and fulfilment of aspirationsacross all areas. Syria also gained crucial political importance as the heart of the Arab world, theconfrontation frontline with the Zionist enemy, and the resistance base against domination over the Arabworld and its wealth and resources. The prolonged struggle and sacrifices of our people for the sake of independence, progress and national unity has paved the way towards a strong state and strongidentification with their Syrian Arab army – the main guarantor and protector of the nation's sovereignty,security, stability and territorial integrity, forming the basis of the popular struggle for the independenceof all their occupied lands.
Through the power of its multiple sects and constituents and its public and institutions and civilorganizations, Syrian society has made accomplishments that have proven the depth of its civilization.Its persistence and ability to cope with a changing environment has allowed it to maintain its role andposition as a historical catalyst to human civilization.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Syria has faced many challenges in its effort to develop andmodernize amidst difficult regional and international conditions which have impacted its nationalsovereignty. That is the motivation behind the production of this Constitution – as a basis to reinforcethe rule of law.
The completion of this Constitution represents the culmination of the popular struggle for freedom anddemocracy, and is the people's real embodiment of their achievements in the face of masssive changes.It is a compass for future advancement, a moderator for its institutions, and the source of its legislation –through a system of fundamental principles: independence, sovereignty, and rule of the people based onelections, political and party - based pluralism, national unity, cultural diversity, public freedoms, humanrights, social justice, equality, equal opportunities, citizenship, the rule of law, and independence. Thebetterment of society and its citizens is the ultimate end to which every national effort is exerted, andpreserving their dignity is a statement on the civilization of the country and the authority of the state.
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Syria's Assad calls May elections
Poll announcement comes as Kofi Annan presses for a response over UN ceasefire and aid proposals
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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 16 Mar 2012 17:52

16 March 2012
Syria unrest: Turkish nationals urged to return home
The BBC's Jonathan Head says Syrians are fleeing into Turkey from villages near the border
Turkey has urged its citizens to leave Syria, saying developments there have led to "serious security risks".
The foreign ministry said some consular services would be halted on 22 March.
PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested a safe zone could be established along the border, as refugees numbers rise.
The UN and Arab League's envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, is briefing the Security Council on his peace efforts. He is to send a team to Syria to discuss plans to deploy monitors.
"He is sending a team - a technical mission - to Damascus early next week to discuss details of this mechanism," Mr Annan's spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi, told Reuters news agency.
The news comes as Syria marks the first anniversary of the uprising, which has left more than 8,000 people dead.
The violence has continued despite a month-long observer mission sent by the Arab League in December and January. Its aim was to verify implementation of a now defunct peace initiative.

Refugee flow
The Turkish foreign ministry said consular services in Damascus would end at the end of office hours next Thursday, but the consulate in the second city of Aleppo would remain open.
"Developments in Syria pose serious security risks for our nationals," it said in a statement.
Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib province, on 13 March The rebel Free Syrian Army is fighting government troops in several parts of the country
"Therefore it is strongly recommended that Turkish nationals currently in Syria leave and return home."
Mr Erdogan said he would also consider withdrawing Turkey's ambassador once all its citizens had returned.
Two Turkish journalists are currently missing in Syria, and are reportedly in the hands of the security forces.
Some reports say they have been wounded and tortured.
Meanwhile, Turkey says it has seen a sharp increase in the flow of refugees across its border in the past few days, with about 1,000 arriving daily and 14,700 in total so far.
The Turkish authorities say they can cope with the current numbers, but they are expected to continue rising.
Mr Erdogan said various ideas were under consideration to deal with the problem.
"On the subject of Syria, a buffer zone, a security zone, are things being studied," he said.
Divided council
The BBC's Jonathan Head in Hatay, on Turkey's border with Syria, says officials are discussing the possibility of sending troops across the border into Syria, although they have not spelled out how this would be done.
This would be a big step and would not be done without clear international support, at least from the US, EU and Arab League, our correspondent says.
The international community remains divided, with Russia and China both blocking UN Security Council resolutions on Syria and aid groups from 27 countries urging them to condemn the government's use of violence.
But the two permanent members have backed Mr Annan's peace mission, in which he delivered a proposed plan to Mr Assad last week.
The plan includes demands for an immediate ceasefire by both sides, access for humanitarian aid, and the beginning of political dialogue.
On Friday Syria's foreign ministry said Damascus would co-operate with Mr Annan while continuing to fight "terrorism".
Mr Assad has always insisted his troops are fighting "armed gangs" seeking to destabilise Syria.
Anti-government activists have called for mass protests across Syria on Friday to demand "immediate military intervention".
There have been clashes between government forces and army defectors in several areas near Damascus, activists say.
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30 March 2012 Last updated at 15:57 GMT
Annan demands Syrian government begins ceasefire 'now'
Screengrab of video purportedly showing a fireball rises from the Syrian city of Homs during a bombardment by government forces (29 March 2012) Activists said at least 20 people were killed in clashes across Syria on Thursday

The UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, expects the government to implement his peace plan immediately.
Mr Annan's spokesman, Ahmed Fawzi, told reporters: "The deadline is now." <...>

'Gesture of good faith'

Mr Fawzi said there clearly not been a "cessation of hostilities on the ground" in Syria this week despite the government's acceptance of Mr Annan's peace plan, which has the backing of the UN Security Council.
"This is our great concern," he told a news conference in Geneva. "We expect [President Bashar al-Assad] to implement this plan immediately."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17560072
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Syrian official says regime won't back down first
By BASSEM MROUE
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government will not pull troops from cities and towns engulfed in the country's unrest before life returns to normal in these areas, a high-ranking official said Saturday, as activists reported that fresh violence claimed more lives across the nation.
The statement by Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdessi was the first response to an appeal by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan who on Friday urged Syrian authorities to stop military activities first, as "the stronger party" and in a "gesture of good faith."
Makdessi told state TV the military is in these cities "in a state of self defense and protecting civilians."
"The Syrian army is not happy to be present in residential areas," Makdessi said late Friday. "Once peace and security prevail in these areas, the army will not stay nor wait for Kofi Annan to leave. This is a Syrian matter."
Syria's uprising began a year ago with peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad's regime. In the face of a fierce crackdown, the uprising has become increasingly militarized and opposition groups now say their only hope is to drive out Assad.
The U.N. estimates more than 9,000 people have been killed in the fighting.
International opponents of Assad are struggling to pin down a strategy on Syria, even as the peace plan put forward by Annan is failing to get off the ground.
Annan's six-point proposal to end the violence, which has been accepted by Assad, requires the government to immediately pull troops and heavy weapons out of cities and towns, and abide by a two-hour halt in fighting every day to allow humanitarian access and medical evacuations.
"The government must stop first and then discuss a cessation of hostilities with the other side," Annan spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters in Geneva on Friday. "We are appealing to the stronger party to make a gesture of good faith ... The deadline is now."
Assad promised on Thursday to "spare no effort" to make sure Annan's plan succeeds. But he demanded that armed forces battling his regime commit to halting violence as well.
Many Syrians are frustrated at the lack of will for a foreign military intervention and are deeply skeptical Assad will carry out Annan's peace plan, saying the president has accepted it just to win time while his forces continue their bloody campaign to crush the uprising.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that government shelling of some neighborhoods of the central city of Homs and the nearby town of Talbiseh killed two civilians on Saturday. It added that the bodies of five men, who appear to have been subjected to torture, were found in the northwestern village of Tahtaya.
For the U.S. and its allies, Syria is proving an especially murky conflict with no easy solutions. Assad's regime is one of Washington's clearest foes, a government that has long been closely allied with Iran and anti-Israel groups Hamas and Hezbollah, which the U.S. considers terrorist. Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-led Gulf countries are eager to see Assad's fall in hopes of breaking Syria out of its alliance with their regional rival, Shiite-majority Iran.
"The battle to bring down the state in Syria has already ended and the battle of reinforcing stability has started," said Makdessi, in an apparent reference to recent gains by Syrian troops in their crackdown on the rebels.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was flying on Saturday from Saudi Arabia, where she held talks with Saudi King Abdullah and others on ways to resolve the Syrian crisis and other regional strategies, to Turkey, ahead of Sunday's 60-nation gathering of the "Friends of the Syrian People" in Istanbul.
The U.S. remains opposed to arming Syria's rebels, which some Gulf states have proposed, even as continued violence is stymying U.N. efforts to persuade Damascus to make good on a cease-fire plan it has accepted.
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Apr 19, 12:27 PM EDT

Syria by the numbers: Key figures in the crisis

Syria by the numbers:

- The number of people killed since the March 2011 start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad: 9,000.
- The number of Syrians who have fled their homes and taken refuge since the uprising began: 230,000.
- The size of Syria's armed forces: Estimated to be around 250,000 active personnel.
- The number of Syria's rebel forces: Estimates start at around 10,000.
- The number of U.N. observers on the ground in Syria: 7.
- The number of observers that U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon wants: 300.
- Amount of money pledged by Saudi Arabia and other wealthy Arab Gulf states to support Syria's rebels and encourage defections from the army: Millions of dollars.
- Amount of money actually transferred: None. Syrian opposition members and international officials say the Gulf states have yet to start distributing money because there is no clear way to make sure the money gets to the right people.

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Houla massacre 2012
Western states are expelling Syrian diplomats amid accusations government-backed militias were behind the Houla massacre. The majority of the victims killed in the bloody attack were executed at close range, the UN’s human rights office said.
The UN High Commissioner for Human rights Rupert Colville said Tuesday that “under 20 of 108 killed in the attack can be attributed to artillery and tank fire,” Reuters cites him as saying
"What is very clear is this was an absolutely abominable event that took place in Houla, and at least a substantial part of it was summary executions of civilians, women and children," Colville told reporters in Geneva. "At this point, it looks like entire families were shot in their houses," the agency reports.
Survivors told UN monitors at the scene that the score of door to door killings which left 49 children and 39 women dead, were carried out by pro-government Shabbiya militia forces.
Other eyewitnesses have pinned the blame on rebel fighters, claiming the attacks were retribution for those who refused to take up arms against government forces.
Damascus has denied any involvement in the massacre, blaming “armed terrorists” attempting to destabilize the peace process for the killings.
On Tuesday, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Australia all announced they would expel their Syrian ambassadors in response to the weekend’s massacre.
UN-Arab League Special Envoy Kofi Annan spoke with President Bashar al-Assad “to convey the grave concern of the international community about the violence in Syria…in particular the recent events in Houla.”
He further said his six-point plan had to be fully implemented, and “this is not happening.”
Speaking with Annan by Phone on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated his call that both sides in the conflict should halt all violence.
Lavrov had previously warned that some countries are exploiting the tragedy in order to push a military solution to the Syrian conflict.
He also condemned calls by Syrian National Council chair Burhan Ghalion to carry on fighting until the Security Council “agrees on military intervention.” The Russian FM said such talk was a direct provocation for civil war and directly contradicted the spirit of Anna’s peace plan.
Following talks with his British counterpart on Monday, Lavrov said it was “clear both sides had a hand in the Houla incident.”
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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 01 Jūn 2012 12:46

Šķelšanās Sīrijas nemiernieku rindās
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2012. gada 1.jūnijs
ANO piedāvātais pamiera plāns izraisījis šķelšanos Brīvās Sīrijas armijas (BSA) locekļu vidū. Pulkvedis Kasims Saadedins (Qassim Saadeddine) uzsver, ka, ja valdība nesniegs atbildi līdz piektdienas 1.jūnija pēcpusdienai, armija uzskatīs, ka tai miera plāns vairs nav saistošs.
Tikmēr BSA vadītājs ģenerālis Rijads Asads ( Riyad Asaad) noliedz šāda strikta termiņa pastāvēšanu, raksta BBC.
Ģenerālis aicinājis ANO speciālo sūtni Sīrijā Kofi Annanu (Kofi Annan) paziņot, ka piedāvātais miera plāns ir «izgāzies».
Jau ziņots, ka 31.maijā Brīvās Sīrijas armija devusi prezidentam Bašaram al Asadam (Bashar al-Assad) 48 stundas laika apsvērt ANO piedāvāto uguns pārtraukšanas plānu. Šāds ultimāts sekojis pēc tam, kad pagājušajā nedēļā Hulas pilsētā nogalināti 108 cilvēki, tostarp 49 bērni un 34 sievietes. Kopš pagājušā gada marta, kad sākušies nemieri un sacelšanās pret Bašara al Asada režīmu, Sīrijā nogalināti vismaz 15 000 cilvēku.

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Syria in full-scale civil war, says UN peacekeeping chief
REUTERS - Syria’s 15-month uprising has grown into a full-scale civil war where President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are trying to recapture swathes of urban territory lost to rebels, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday.
“Yes, I think we can say that,” U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous said when asked if the Syrian crisis could now be characterized as a civil war.
“Clearly what is happening is that the government of Syria lost some large chunks of territory in several cities to the opposition and wants to retake control of these areas,” he said.
His remarks, the first time a senior U.N. official has declared Syria’s conflict is a civil war, came as the United States said Russia could be sending attack helicopters to Syria.
The International Red Cross said the situation was deteriorating in several parts of Syria simultaneously as fighting intensifies.
Many hundreds of people, including civilians, rebels and members of Assad’s army and security forces, have been killed since a ceasefire deal brokered by international mediator Kofi Annan two months ago was supposed to halt the bloodshed.
“Now we have confirmed reports of not only of the use of tanks and artillery but also attack helicopters,” Ladsous said in an interview with Reuters and one other reporter. “This is really becoming large scale.”
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington was worried Russia may be sending Syria attack helicopters and dismissed Moscow’s argument that its arms transfers to Syria are unrelated to the conflict there.
“We have confronted the Russians about stopping their continued arms shipments to Syria. They have, from time to time, said that we shouldn’t worry - everything they are shipping is unrelated to their (the Syrian government’s) actions internally,” Clinton said, addressing a forum in Washington.

“That’s patently untrue.”

United Nations observers overseeing Annan’s ceasefire deal were turned back from the town of Haffeh on Tuesday by angry crowds throwing stones and metal rods. As they left, three of their vehicles were fired on, although the monitors were unhurt.
The monitors have been trying since Thursday to visit Haffeh where activists say the army had been battling rebels and the United States has warned of another potential massacre.
The rebel Syrian Free Army said it withdrew from the Sunni Muslim town later on Tuesday under pressure from bombardment by Assad’s forces, leaving thousands of civilians without protection.

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Nelasītas ziņa tas_pats_lv » 27 Jūn 2012 12:26

"We live in a real state of war from all angles" - Syria’s President Bashar Assad

Syrian President says his country in a state of war. The UN peacekeeping chief says the UN observer mission in the country will not resume, as it is too dangerous for the monitors to restart their operations at this point.

More clashes broke out in Syria on Wednesday.
The state media reported gunmen raided the headquarters of a pro-government Syrian TV station early in the day, demolishing the building and killing three employees. Officials denounced what they called a rebel "massacre against the freedom of the press."
More violence was reported on the outskirts of Damascus Tuesday morning, between Syria’s elite Republican Guard forces – a 10,000-man bodyguard unit of the Syrian Army – and rebels. At least six people are reported killed.
Syria’s President Bashar Assad himself acknowledged that his country is now in a state of war. He was speaking on Tuesday at the first cabinet meeting of the newly sworn-in government. President Assad ordered the cabinet to direct all their efforts to beating the armed opposition.

"We live in a real state of war from all angles," he said. "When we are in a war, all policies and all sides and all sectors need to be directed at winning this war."

UN forces in Syria repeatedly came under fire before the organization suspended its 300-member mission on June 16. Back then, the mission's head, Major-General Robert Mood, told the UN Security Council that the observers had suffered direct fire at least 10 times and had been in several indirect fire incidents. Also, nine UN vehicles had been damaged or had come under fire, AP reports.
Nevertheless, the mission could yet potentially resume its activity. A diplomat, who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity, said that Herve Ladsous, the UN peacekeeping chief, had told a closed council meeting that the mission could restart at some point, but that for the time being it is too dangerous.
In an effort to quell the violence and resume the six-point peace plan, UN envoy Kofi Annan put forward an initiative to hold an international conference in Geneva on Saturday. It will include all permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as representatives of the European Union and other countries who have influence on either side of the Syrian conflict, such as Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Kofi Annan has made it clear that Iran should be part of the solution process as Tehran has close ties with Syria. Western countries have been critical of this move, but Russia supports it. Addressing the media, its UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, also said that apart from attending the conference it is also important to refrain from any provocation in Syria, such as arming its opposition.
“All those selfish national agendas in the context of Syria have not worked. The only thing they helped generate is further aggravation of the situation and growing violence,” he said. “It’s time to get serious and to make sure that we all exercise our leverage on whoever we can exercise leverage on in Syria in order to revert to the implementation of the Kofi Annan plan.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has officially accepted the invitation to come to the conference. Washington, however, has yet to make it clear whether it will be sending its representatives. However, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, confirmed an invitation had been received.

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As tensions between Ankara and Damascus rise over the downed fighter jet, Turkey has sent tanks and other armored vehicles to the Syrian border, amid belligerent threats of retaliation.
The heavily guarded convoy that departed from the city of Diyarbakir reportedly included 15 armored tanks, long-distance guns and other military vehicles, Dogan news agency reports.
This comes as Turkey’s Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that any Syrian forces approaching the Turkish border would be treated as a direct threat. Addressing the Turkish parliament on Tuesday, Erdogan lashed out at Syria, saying it poses a threat to Turkey’s national security and calling the Syrian government tyrants.
Tensions between the neighboring countries escalated after Syria shot down a Turkish military plane on Friday. Syria insists the plane was still in its territory when its air defense forces engaged it, citing the fact that it was shot down by an artillery gun with a maximum range of 2.5 kilometers rather than a longer-range surface-to-air missile.
The Turkish prime minister has reiterated an earlier assessment that the plane was downed after leaving Syrian airspace, saying Turkey has proof of this.
War orchestration?
Author and radio talk-show host Dr. Kevin Barrett believes that the excitement over the fighter jet downing incident has all the marks of a typical war orchestration event.
“The people who want war try to use every sort of immediate inflammation of people’s emotions around in this case of the shooting down of the plane to rally public opinion for war,” he told RT.
However, Barrett remains optimistic saying that “now we are several days past that point” and things may move back on track towards negotiations.
“The Turkish people never wanted war,” he insists, citing opinion polls that indicate that Turks oppose intervention in Syria by more than a two-thirds majority and want their government to play a more balanced role.
There is no chance that violence can bring about any solution to the crisis due to Syria’s internal political complexity, Barrett says, stressing that there is no alternative to Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan. “Everybody has to back down from the tension around this fighter jet shooting down incident and get serious about peace.”
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Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:25PM GMT
UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan says diplomats meeting in Geneva have reached an agreement on a Syrian-led transitional governing body that could include members of the current Syrian government and the opposition.

The foreign ministers of Russia, China, Britain, France, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait, and Iraq, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Arab League Secretary General Nabil El-Araby, and the secretary of state of the United States attended a meeting on the situation in Syria at the United Nations office in Geneva on Saturday.
The participants of the Geneva meeting agreed that the transitional governing body in Syria “could include members of the present government and the opposition and other groups, and shall be formed on the basis of mutual consent,” Annan said at a press conference after the meeting.
The plan “makes it clear that we have provided guidelines and principles to assist the Syrian parties as they move ahead with the transition,” Annan stated.
However, Moscow and Beijing opposed the wording of the proposal that called for an interim government that excludes those “whose continued presence and participation would undermine the credibility of the transition and jeopardize stability and reconciliation.”
Annan also called on armed opposition groups and government forces to stop the violence.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on June 28 that the future of the Syrian government should be decided by a “Syrian dialogue by the Syrian people themselves,” adding that Moscow could not support solutions for Syria “dictated from abroad.”
“We support changes which work towards national agreement on all questions of overdue reform,” he stated.
The anti-Syria Western governments have been calling for President Bashar al-Assad to step down, but Russia and China remain strongly opposed to the Western drive to oust Assad.
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