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Syria: Clinton ups pressure on Russia

2012-06-03 20:34

Stockholm - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is stepping up the pressure on Russia to join intensified international efforts for a political transition in Syria that will see President Bashar al-Assad driven from power.

Clinton says that in recent conversations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, she has made it clear that Russia must be "at the table helping that to occur".

Russia is Syria's most important ally and has refused so far to support any move that could lead to foreign intervention in the Mideast nation.

Clinton says all Syrians "should be reassured that they have a better future" through a democratic transition to self-government.

She said at a news conference in Stockholm that she will meet on Wednesday in Turkey with representatives of a number of countries in the region fearful of the consequences of a "full-fledged civil war" in Syria.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-03 21:10

    This assad terrorist will be toppled. The question is when, and how many more Syrian civilians have to be blown to pieces, stabbed or shot to death??? Russia decides on this !!!!

  • riaan.brits.75 - 2012-06-03 21:26

    ASSAD always the bad guy?? Navi Pillay from the UN turns a blind eye to the slaughtering of white people in South Africa, together with Zuma they see this as a celebration of a democracy that had come about in 1992 already, only because she would love the be popular as far as the Bilderbergers are concerned. Why is Zuma not the bad guy and why does the world turn a blind eye to the slaughtering of white South Africans today? The government of Russia is 100% correct in its assertion that BOTH sides in Syria has to take responsibility, whereas the west is only interested in demonizing Assad for the purpose of creating a subordinate new world order and favourabile conditions for Israel in the Middle East. Supplying weapons to the rebels in Syria which is the actual cause of the violence is a warcrime that Clinton, Cameron, Sarkozy and Erdogan are guilty of - and to which the mainstream media are oblivious.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-03 21:51

      This is absurd. The only thing right I can find in it is the racism against so-called white people in South Africa.

      Dragan - 2012-06-03 23:01

      @ Riaan. FINALLY.. someone who knows about Bilderberg! Ohterwise ditto on your post.. well said. P.S @ news 24, how about an article on the latest Bilderberg meeting? 150 of the worlds elite meeting once a year behind closed doors is worthy of a great story. Probably would reach the most read column.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 00:40

      It's widely reported. Journalists attend.

  • riaan.brits.75 - 2012-06-03 21:26

    ASSAD always the bad guy?? Navi Pillay from the UN turns a blind eye to the slaughtering of white people in South Africa, together with Zuma they see this as a celebration of a democracy that had come about in 1992 already, only because she would love the be popular as far as the Bilderbergers are concerned. Why is Zuma not the bad guy and why does the world turn a blind eye to the slaughtering of white South Africans today? The government of Russia is 100% correct in its assertion that BOTH sides in Syria has to take responsibility, whereas the west is only interested in demonizing Assad for the purpose of creating a subordinate new world order and favourabile conditions for Israel in the Middle East. Supplying weapons to the rebels in Syria which is the actual cause of the violence is a warcrime that Clinton, Cameron, Sarkozy and Erdogan are guilty of - and to which the mainstream media are oblivious.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 00:51

      Again, there's hardly a word of truth in this.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-04 04:44

      Riaan, Stick to facts and don't suck rubbish out of your thumb ! Most of the weapons that are not in the hands of the Syrian regime's terrorrist army , are in the hands of the FSA. This are 60 000 brave Syrian army deserters, who choose not to slaughter their own, and not to be involved in crimes against humanity.. The weapons the FSA has, are still mainly the ones "stolen" from assad'd terrrorist army.

  • Dragan - 2012-06-04 01:27

    Really Fred? If so where can I find footage of any 1 Bilderberg meeting???even a transcript report of what was said in these meetings by these journalists you speak of will do??? Consider 150 billionaires have a meeting once a year for 60 years and no one has heard of it and there is nooo footage of any one meeting. If there is footage, as you say there is Fred... Prove it!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 01:51

      I'm not here to prove anything to you. Just look at their website. Two reporters from The Economist attend the meetings and report on them. Plus the website lists everyone who's invited. How secret can it be. What exactly do you imagine this diverse group of 150 people, that changes from year to year, is doing?

      Dragan - 2012-06-04 02:31

      Fred please. heads of all NATO Goverments have just met behind closed doors!! with ceo's of the top fortune 500 companies. We are talking Bill gates, Queen Beatrix, Queen Elizabeth, Ben bernanke (chairman of the Fed) the ceo's of all major banks, the ceo of the world bank, the ceos of all major oil companies etc etc. the list goes on and on ITS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS it says that on their web site WTF!!! this is treason.. heads of govt are not supposed to have secret group meetings with heads of corporations.. And the media should be reporting on it when it does happen.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 07:43

      They do. Again, reporters from The Economist attend.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-04 08:04

      Dragon, You are trying to make your own conspiracy.!! There is nothing SECRET with meeings BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, MANY UN meetings are behind closed doors, where the media is barred. Secret ?? Hardly !! But even the ones from the media who attend the Bilderrberg meeting, are there in their personal capacity, and don't report DIRECTLY on their discussions. Learn the difference between CONFIDENTIALITY and SECRECY

  • Dragan - 2012-06-04 02:37

    This is what it says on their home page "the broad cross-section of leading citizens that are assembled for nearly three days of informal and off-the-record discussion about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy" http://www.bilderbergmeetings.org/index.php

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-04 05:43

      Dragon, Re; Bilderberg Conference You must not get into silly conspiracy stories. The Bilderberg meetings is one of the original "think tanks" Like most meetings like these ,it is by invitation only. But what makes this one unique, compared say to Davos, is the following; Although many who attend, are CEO's of large corporations, or heads of government or of political parties, they come in their own capacity, and do not speak on behalf of anyone but themselves. To be able to than, have a free flowing discussion, it was decided to keep the discussions of these meetings, confidential. But there is a very big difference between confidentiality and secrecy. And yes, there are some billionaires there, maybe 5 or 10 of the total of 150 who attend the meeting. The ones who attensd are from all over the world, Europe, Russia, China, South America !! When one has in attendance politicians like the Dutch Prime Minister, and China's Vice Premier, and journalists from Le Monde and the Economist, to call this a SECRET meeting is totally ABSURD !!!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-04 10:46

      So if there's nothing to hide, why can't we see the minutes of the meetings?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 14:13

      It doesn't work like that. There are multiple meetings and discussions among groups of attendees, mostly informal.

  • Dragan - 2012-06-04 16:09

    Anthony. 5 or ten billionaires? read the list of attendees judge for yourself. http://www.bilderbergmeetings.org/participants2012.html If this in your eyes is perfectly fine.. when so many high profile people meet from different countries, once a year behind closed doors, and what goes on inside these meetings has never been released to the public. Then you have a very limited understanding of the nature of how Governments should behave and how democracy works. We the people voted officials in to represent our needs. Who do they serve? The people or major corporations? They should be protecting us from corporations. As the father of Fascism once said "Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." Benito Mussolini

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 18:12

      Journalists attend and report on it. Should it be more widely reported, even televised, I think so. It would be interesting.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-04 21:05

      Dragon, I don't really understand what you are getting at. You are trying to make a conspiracy, where there is none. The participants are invited not because of their power , but for their knowledge, and their willingness to share this with others. Again, what makes this meeting unique to others, is that they have agreed on confidentiality, which has nothing to do with secrecy ! For instance, the CEO of the Ford Motor CO, says that he believes the problems in Europe, are going to last another 10 years, if this comes into the finanial media, it could effect Ford's share price on the NY Stock Exchange. But because this is a closed talk shop, any one can say what's on their mind, without that it would effect the company or government they work for. You want a conspriracy story, sorry, this is not one of them. I had another look at the list of participants, and, again sorry, I doubt there are even 10 billionaires, sure plenty millonaires, being worth 5 or 10 million US, but , that's it !!

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