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Annan urges 'consequences' for Syria

2012-07-11 22:27

New York - International envoy Kofi Annan urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to send a message to the Syrian government and the opposition that there will be "consequences" if they don't comply with demands for an immediate cease-fire, UN diplomat said.

Russia and China, key allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad and veto-wielding council members, have blocked repeated attempts by the United States and its European allies to even threaten "consequences" - a diplomatic code word for sanctions.

The diplomat, speaking spoke on condition of anonymity because Annan's videoconference briefing from Geneva was at a closed session, said that the council should insist on implementation of its resolutions including Annan's six-point peace plan.

That plan calls for an immediate cease-fire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from populated areas by the Syrian government to be followed by an opposition cessation of hostilities.

The UN sent a 300-strong unarmed observer mission for 90 days to oversee the cessation of violence and monitor implementation of the Annan plan. It was forced to withdraw from key conflict areas because of the escalating fighting and the council must decide what to do about extending its mandate which expires on July 20.

Another UN diplomat said UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told the council the ceiling of 300 observers should remain and the UNshould when they should be deployed. A third diplomat said the peacekeeping department plans to temporarily withdraw half the peacekeepers, placing them on 48-hour standby to return if conditions change.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-11 22:37

    The Russians are the only ones to make any serious peace proposal. The last thing Britain, US and Nato want in Syria is peace. They are prepared to do anything to avoid that tragedy.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-11 23:14

      Assad is willing to talk, and is listening to the Russians, his only ally who have been also asking for a negotiated settlement. The only people not interested in talking are the terrorists who are hell bent on regime change, egged on by their foreign backers, who would love a chaotic Syria. http://www.news24.com/World/News/Annan-Assad-deal-to-be-put-to-rebels-20120709

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-11 23:40

      lol. guy are you sure you werent dropped on your head as a kid ??? what serious peace proposal did russia make exactly ?????

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-12 00:08

      1) Hopefully no more than "necessary" until he rids his country of foreign terrorists. (interpret this in whichever way you want) 2) As long it is necessary for both parties to reach a settlement. (Talking never killed anyone) 3) I don't have to put any deadline on an issue that doesn't affect me personally. 4) How am I to know. Do you know?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-12 10:00

      Drivel, mindless drivel from start to finish!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-12 00:15

    "what serious peace proposal did russia make exactly ?????" Surely you have internet access, do your own research, stop being lazy!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-12 06:35

      The Syria issue, has become a silly 'debate' or rather " a silly comment site" The radicals and extremists have taken over, and they fall over each other, to rubbish the USA and Europe. It is no longer about the Syrian people As supporters of dictatators / tyrants and mass murderers, they have made it clear they don't believe in democracy. According to Fidel, democracy is "just a noisy circus every 4 or 5 years" The comments they make about the West re Africa, makes it clear, they don't care about Africa's population. And the reason is obvious. Any political party in Africa which would propagate their visions, would end up with less than 5 % of the vote in any election. Is it scary ? No, not at all!! Is it boroooring ? For sure !!! In South Africa, like in the rest of Africa, radical parties cannot get any foothold. Before our 1994 elections, Azapo and the PAC, were going to take over from the Nats. They were going to push the Whites into the sea, and would no longer allow the USA and Europe to invest in South Africa. And where are these radical parties now ?? The only trace left, is here, on the internet, where some die-hards ,continue making anti West comments. Any serious Syria comment is now wasted. These radicals, behave like a bunch of teenagers, spun out of control, who with a Mc Donald's in their right hand, and a Pepsi in their left, get enjoyment entertaining each other with some silly and ohhh so booooring anti American and Western comments.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-12 08:50

      Drivel, mindless drivel from start to finish!

  • Nqobile Khakhatha - 2012-07-12 07:30

    Violence does no resolve an issue. taking regime change attitudes, whilst majority of Syrians want the current regime, is foolish. An armed insurrection in the west would bring a heavy handed reaction from those states. Why is Syria different? The rebels must start the cessation of the armed insurrection and allow the president to enforce the changes he wanted to make. They must take their chance at the ballot box..if they are SERIOUS about DEMOCRACY and PEACE.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-12 07:59

      The Syrian opposition has been SERIOUS about DEMOCRACY and PEACE , for fifty years !!!!!!!!! Daddy assad's response to them demanding talks and free elections; the slaughtering of 20 000 opposition members, and over a 50 year time span, tens of thousands of opposition memmers arrested, beaten up, jailed, tortured and often murdered. This present assad, must have watched his daddy carefully, he has now in the past 18 months murdered 17000 Syrians, mainly UNARMED opposition members. But,the good news is, that Syria's uprising is now showing a repeat what happened in Libya; The inner circle of this assad terrorist is falling apart; After high ranking military joining the opposition, now the most senior Syrian diplomat, it's ambassador to Iraq, has now defected. It is only a matter of time and this assad is either in The Hague, or hanging from a tree.!!

      Andrew - 2012-07-12 11:43

      "whilst majority of Syrians want the current regime" So you actually believe that 51% of the population voted in all that violence. The elections, with no opposition parties, are a sham. The opposition claims less than 3% voted. Even Saddam Hussein used to get 98% of the vote in his so called elections. Teodoro Obiang in Africa gets about 96%. Assad is a dictator ruling from a minority. Syrians have been trying to get rid of him for decades.

  • ricky.hammer.92 - 2012-07-12 07:36

    If the H.A.R.P weapon exists,this is a good place to test it. Assad needs a good hiding.

  • mofstok - 2012-07-12 08:25

    Yeah Kofi, whatever. The UN is a toothless dog more interested in policing private citizens accross the globe with their own hidden agendas, instead of taking a stand on any form of tyranny. With Russia and China standing firm by their ally the only difference sanctions will make is that goods delivered to Syria will have Made in Russia/China stamped on them. Oh! Just like everywhere else in the world! Also, no UN no-flyzone for you: Russia/China will veto it in the Security Council. That is a fact. UN: useless waste of time and money.

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