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ICRC negotiating cease-fire in Syria

2012-02-20 22:23

Geneva - The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is trying to broker a humanitarian cease-fire in Syria.

ICRC spokesperson Carla Haddad says the group is "discussing several possibilities with all those concerned and it includes a cessation of fighting in the most affected areas".

Haddad told The Associated Press on Monday that the Geneva-based aid group has been in talks with Syrian authorities and opposition groups for some time but attempts to negotiate a cease-fire were "an important new step".

More than 5 000 people are estimated to have been killed in the 11-month uprising against Syria's President Bashar Assad.

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  • Fidel - 2012-02-21 02:55

    And the UN is unwilling to explore this same possibilty of asking that both sides stop firing. Instead it's being led by the nose by the US and her stooges to convey US foreign policy.

      Fred - 2012-02-21 03:06

      More untruths. For eleven months the freer world and UN have been engaging with Assad, to no avail. he is in control of state resources, including the military, and has refused to end his killing, detentions and torture. His end is near.

      Deon - 2012-02-21 08:28

      The UN has been working on this problem for many months and new sanctions might help. At least the UN is doing something and not just talking like the AU.

      Michael - 2012-02-21 09:52

      Fred ,where is the untruth? The only "engagement " by the West with the Syrian government has been to impose sanctions, sponsor resolutions at the UN against the Syrian government, and now go as far as providing material support to the rebels. I like your word "freer" . Maybe you include such shining neighboring countries such as Saudi among those? Countries that have no rights for women, have never in their history had elections? And Fred when will you ever learn that Syria is not just Assad, but a whole system led by the Baath party, and supported by a large and multi-ethnic proportion of the population. Its narrow and blinkered thinking from people such as yourself that is hindering this process from making progress. You will still be bemoaning this situation after another 11 months. Any peace initiative such as this one from the Red Cross/Crescent should be strongly supported by any person genuinely desiring a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis.

      Fred - 2012-02-21 19:35

      Michael, I recommend you look more clearly at all the initiatives taken by a variety of parties, especially the Arab League which had countless discussions with Assad and his regime. Each time Assad promised, and each time the killing, maiming and detentions continued. As in Libya with Gaddafi and his cronies, Assad's support is contracting by the day. Human consciousness evolves to and yearns for greater freedom, not less. ALL chauvinistic, paternalistic regimes of the Middle East, inuding Saudi Arabia are being changed, by the people of the region who are facing violent, corrupt leaderships in control of state resources, including the military paid for by the people themselves. These regimes are completely illegitimate. The world should be helping the people get their power and resources back from these egomaniacs. The vote in the UN last week, 134 to 17, shows the direction Assad and his diminishing sympathizers are going in.

      Fred - 2012-02-21 19:42

      One more thing: while the Saudi regime is clearly chauvinistic and must change, it is not killing, maiming and torturing civilians by the hundreds every day.

      Fred - 2012-02-21 22:22

      ... which Patrick has made up to support his own not-so-hidden agenda. :)

      Fred - 2012-02-22 06:52

      Writing words doesn't make then true PAtrick. As has been said to you previously, it doesn't make sense that I'd be calling for an end to chauvinism and be a chauvinist. You're being silly, argumentative really.

  • Michael - 2012-02-21 09:37

    A positive step by a third (and neutral) party. It shows up the general bankruptcy and lack of ideas to find a peaceful solution coming from the UN and its manipulators USA, UK and France in particular.

      Fred - 2012-02-21 19:37

      Boring, stupid and predictable. Heartless too. Assad is killing and torturing civilians right now, as we speak, and that's all you can come up with, continued mindless blaming of the very people wanting to help.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-21 13:42

    Negotiations would be great. But one cannot negotiate with a dictator, its just not in their nature. Can you imagine going to negotiate with a rapist: " now listen here, in future you must not be so naughty" !!!!!! ) The idea is fruitless and insane, and more important, in the meantime this criminal regime will continue slautering the opposition !!!

      Michael - 2012-02-21 15:13

      OK, so lets just have the inevitable (according to you) big war. You will see total destruction of Syrian society, and hundreds of thousand dead. Think up something new rather than just trotting out "its not in their nature". Your comparative example with rape is the fruitless and insane thing. Here we have an international organization that still has some credibility making a decent attempt to have a cease fire but idiots such as yourself poo-poo it. Bloody pathetic! You are as bad as those you seek to condemn.

      Anthony - 2012-02-21 15:52

      @Michael I never mentioned "a big war" Just get rid of this assad, it will be a start. And, No, it won't become peaceful overnight, that can take many months, even a few years, after this thug is gone. But , like in Egypt and Libya, 80 % of the killing will stop. And as soon as this assad dynasty is gone, the Syraians can go on the long hard road to make a better and more just country for themselves. In any case , it takes at least two to negotiate. I doubt this assad wants to negotiate, because any negotiations that will have any meaning, would result in assad relinquishing power. Now, why would he do so. The assad family stole Syria from its people, and now they believe this country belongs to them. And to make out ,that I am a murderer or tyrant, is pretty silly, but if it makes you happy, go for it. Anton

      Fred - 2012-02-21 19:39

      Well said, Anton. Good to see you back. Ninety-five percent of the killing and torture will end when Assad is gone, and go he will.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-21 15:56

    And, sorry, i don't use two "names" to confuse. I got no idea how this has come about. I hate this fb access!!!

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