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Assad 'not required to step down'

2012-06-30 21:24

Geneva - Russia's foreign minister says the UN-brokered peace plan for Syria agreed on by major powers does not require the ouster of President Bashar Assad.

Sergey Lavrov says there is "no attempt in the document to impose on the Syrian people any type of transitional process".

Moscow had refused to back a provision that would call for Assad to step aside, insisting that outsiders cannot order a political solution for Syria.

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  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-30 21:59

    In that case, the Syrians themselves will get rid of this terrorist !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-02 01:52

      In the long run, good triumphs over evil. Positive, expansive energies are stronger than negative, destructive ones.

  • Ayanda Mathunjwa - 2012-06-30 22:12

    Thank God for Russia!

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-06-30 22:50

      Ayanda Are you serious. The Russki's created the problem.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-30 22:55

      The blood of Syrians and their families, and the destruction of Syria, is on your hands.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-30 22:54

    The UN General Assembly, representing all the countries on Earth, overwhelmingly decide that Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. Such is the weakness of the freer world, specifically the US under Obama, that a few countries with wrong principles are deciding world policy. Russia, China, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, North Korea, Iran. They're deciding. I very much doubt the Syrian people will agree. And I wait for a change in US regime. This is unconscionable.

  • Nasser - 2012-07-01 06:21

    Its about time someone stood up to the US and challenged its Mideast policy! Kudos to Russia. After decades of US/Nato lead "democratisation" all we see in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine is bloodshed! Let the BRICS take over!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-01 06:51

      How blind can you be. Are you missing the wholesale slaughter of Muslims by unelected dictators and Jihadists? Wake up! You're blinding yourself with dumb delusions and lies.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 07:30

      Nasser, What a silly and ignorant comment, It must be very depressing for you, that in just over one week, the Libyans are for the first time in over 40 years going to the polls. This is after four decades of tyranny by this mad teerorist gaddafi! And BRICS, take over; What are you on about...............? BRICs is the most useless, dumb, pathetic organisation/talk shop/gathering ever established. Russia, has no interest whatsoever, in Africa or its people. China, are a bunch of slimy bastards, who only want to milk Africa. Brazil and India are too smart to get much involved in world politics, they are to busy building up their own countries. The ONLY purpose of BRICs is, for Russia and China to use the other three members for there own gain. AND NOTHING MORE !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-01 10:47

      @Anthony Your comment far exceed any other in sheer patheticism. You, sir, really are a fine exponent of total bollock. I salute you.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 11:53

      Fidel, Thank you soo much for reading my comments !!

  • jaba.kov - 2012-07-01 12:02

    I don’t mind if he stays for now - as long as the killings stop immediately... we have past the 16000 mark - this is madness. Assad (The butcher of Damascus) will pay the price sooner or later - but the killings have to stop now.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-01 12:36

      The killing would have stopped many moons ago if the democracy loving Saudis and their allies hadn't proliferated the place with weapons. Russia pleaded with the western powers to reign in their terrorists to sit down with the Syrian government, that was 12 months ago, less than 12000 deaths then. But the western vultures were still high on their regime change operation in Libya and thought that they could brush the Assad regime aside, wrong calculation which has resulted in the current state of affairs.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 13:47

      The problem with radicals/extremists, is that after a while they start believing their own BS, and get further and further away from any reality !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-01 14:06

      In my experience people resort to insults when they know they have no basis for their argument. What has changed now? Why is it conceivable for the Syrians parties to negotiate now, why not a year ago. Russia's position hasn't changed and I'm glad that other countries who have an interest in this are finally coming to their senses. The so called rebels were never going to shoot their way to power! I could have told them that.

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-01 14:18

      Fidel... I have read your commentary before, so its tough for me to read this one without prejudging you first as a racialist, anti-White, anti-West fiercely anti-Semitic person (which is usually your standard comment etiquette) – but I will try be objective here. Fact is that the majority of Syrians want change. The ruling elite make up less then 12% of the population. You might be right - maybe Saudi and her friends are arming the opposition, however the opposition is the majority - I hope you recognize that you are supporting apartheid in Syria. The Russians have been arming the unelected Syrian regime for 5 decades - the people deserve a chance to choose their own leadership and future; and I apologise if that future does not bode well for your champions Russia & China. You Fidel have been given this chance in South Africa after the collapse of Apartheid – why do you not want to grant the same rights to the Syrian population? I understand your hatred for anything Western blind you – but you must recognise the fact that Assad was not elected by the people, he was elected by Russia to stay in power using Russian arms...

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 14:27

      There is a large difference between insults and truths!!!!!! There will NEVER be negotiations, with a basis , of keeping this assad terrorist in power. THAT was the DEMAND from the opposition 15 months ago, and is the DEMAND from the opposition NOW It does not matter how devided the opposition is, on THAT there are NO differences !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-01 15:32

      @Jaba There's a false binary taking hold that says if you against regime change principle, you support Assad. So long as you adhere to this binary, you can fold your arms stubbornly and dismiss the other argument as pro Assad. But it's still a false binary.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 16:08

      More of Fidel's claptrap, How can anyone possibly.......possibly, be against regime change, and at the same time say, not to support this assad terrorist. THAT IS ABSURD. It is double dutch BS!! You can call it whatever you want, but the Syrians ARE going to get rid of their TERRORIST/MASS MURDERER, and not even those Russians are going to stop them. These Russian bastards are loosers whereever they go !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-01 16:23

      I find this binary type of thinking (on or off, yes or no, black or white, thumb up or thumb down, 1 or 0) very typical of of the conservative mind. Your brain does not have the intelligence or ability to expend the mental energy needed to comprehend and process shadings of grey or even variation in colour when it comes to ideas, thoughts and opinions. It is an extremely lazy and trouble free way to live one's intellectual life. As George W. Bush said, 'you're either with us or with them'.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 18:17

      It is the ones with a frame of mind like yours, that makes this world not go forward. One should most definately be decisive, and see and state clearly right from wrong. And should see and say; Yes or No, thumbs up or thumbs down. If you don't want to do so, than go and live in Switzerland and sit on the fence !!! It is like a woman gets assaulted by some guy; One is not going to first think, "well maybe she asked for it" or "maybe the guy had a bad upbringing" or " lets talk to her neighbour" NO, IT IS A DEFINATE "NO" , NO ,IFS OR BUTS---IT IS THUMBS DOWN !!!! It is the weak in this world, who cannot be decisive, like yourself or like Russia. Always want to see things from different angles, and coming with tons of excuses. Like with Syria, these Russian bastards are not blind, they see what is happening, they see a MASS MURDERER killing his opposition, by the THOUSANDS, but they dont have a spine, to stand up against tyranny. The only thing the Russians have got is nuclear weapons, for the rest they are weak as p.ss !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-01 19:14

      If only human beings, the world and politics were that simple, but they are not. In the real world we often have to chose between lesser evils and recognise that well intentioned actions can do more harm than good. You need to open your mind and introduce a little more nuance into your positions and not approach this issue with the emotional immaturity of a 2 year old child. It is both the Russians and Chinese who have acted most responsibly and legally in their response to the Syrian tragedy. It shows that Russia matters and Russia can be a counter-weight.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-01 21:31

      For Fidel, the eleven months of peaceful demonstrations, for nothing more than the right to vote, responded to by Assad killing thousands of demonstrators with sniper-fire, didn't happen.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 21:40

      It is doubtful, the Syrians could give a damn about the tit for tat in the politics of the USA and Russia. All they are focused on , is an end to 50 years of tyranny, by a family of terorists. There is NOTHING complicated here. One does not have to study history, nor read 10 000 books,nor quote some businessman what he said on the 23rd of october 2003 and again in 2009. It is soo soo SIMPLE . A nation that has FINALLY had enough of being terrorized, and they will not stop, till they achieve, what they set out from the start; An end of these assads scumbags! And screw the Rusians and screw the Americans for letting this DOG , KILL his opposition. It is very very doubtful this terrorist will get alive out of Syria. Like that psychopath gaddafi, he will pay with his life. Every day, there are more Syrians turning against him, and the people are getting angrier and angrier.

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