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Syria reply to Annan expected

2012-03-13 11:03

New York - Syrian leader Bashar Assad has until Tuesday to give a response to peace proposals made by UN envoy Kofi Annan, diplomats said.

Annan said on leaving Damascus that he had made "concrete proposals" to Assad on ending the killing in Syria and securing humanitarian access to protest cities.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Monday that the Syrian president had agreed to give an answer within "48 hours" to Annan who left Damascus on Sunday following his second meeting with Assad.

Diplomatic sources later confirmed that a response was expected by early on Tuesday.

Juppe said that if Assad reacted, the UN Security Council members would resume talks on a resolution condemning the Syrian government's deadly campaign, which the UN says has left more than 7 500 dead in the past year.

The French minister said there were still two key problems in the resolution discussions with Russia and China, which have vetoed two resolutions on Syria in the past six months.

China's position changing


France refuses to put the government's attacks and the violence by opposition groups "on the same level", he said.

The resolution must also refer to a political solution based on an Arab League plan adopted in January. The Arab League plan calls for Assad to hand over power to a deputy.

Juppe said China's position on Syria was changing "millimetre by millimetre".

"Some Chinese statements seem to show that China is starting to have second thoughts [but] for the moment this has not become concrete," the French minister said.

Juppe held talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York but indicated he saw little change.

"I want to have reasons to hope but I will have to try very hard," he said. "Maybe there is a little movement."

Comments
  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-13 11:58

    Well, lets not have too much hope with this assad. Psychopaths,like our teacher Fidel, calls him, or a COLD BLOODED MURDERER, like most of the world calls him, don't easy give up. They enjoy what they are doing !!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-13 12:03

      Obviously people put all sorts of nonsense up here and expectations for coherence and general sanity should never be all that high, but I'm still surprised on a daily basis. And you take the biscuit!

      Fidel - 2012-03-13 12:03

      Obviously people put all sorts of nonsense up here and expectations for coherence and general sanity should never be all that high, but I'm still surprised on a daily basis. And you take the biscuit!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-13 12:18

      Fidel; March 12, 2012 at 21:32 The US military runs amok in Afghanistan, """Assad""" runs amok in """Syria""" and the Israelis run amok in Gaza. How did the fate of the billions fall into the hands of a tiny group of self-serving """psychopaths"""?

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-13 12:18

      Fidel; March 12, 2012 at 21:32 The US military runs amok in Afghanistan, """Assad""" runs amok in """Syria""" and the Israelis run amok in Gaza. How did the fate of the billions fall into the hands of a tiny group of self-serving """psychopaths"""?

      Anthony - 2012-03-13 16:34

      Fidel, On re reading my comment, it might come over as if I call you a psychopath. That I most certainly did not intend. My apology if it came over like this. What I tried to say was, that ,you, called this assad a psychopath>!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-13 16:48

      Truce! Why can't the Syrians call for a truce as well?

      Anthony - 2012-03-13 17:35

      OK ! Too late !!!, for over 40 years the oppostion tried this, and it was always answered with violence. These 7500 killed in this recent uprising, are not the only ones. Over the years, there were many more thousands, killed by these assads. The opposition is in no mood to talk to assad, and one cannot blame them, their only demand now is for this assad to go. Can you just imagine; a father of 6, kills their mother and three of his kids, and than he says to the other 3 remaining kids; " come, I want to sit down with you, and see if we can resolve our differences. INSANE !!!

      Fred - 2012-03-13 20:46

      Fidel, Assad has drafted the new constitution. He'll remain in power for another fourteen years. Imagine if the Apartheid regime had tried that. What would the ANC have thought and decided? What would you?

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-03-13 12:19

    It is sad that this man uses deadly force to remain in power. But it seems that Mugabe does the same, and the occupiers of Afghanistan (US) use similar and no one seems to care.

      Fred - 2012-03-13 12:52

      Same wrong measuring as when you came to the conclusion that the Rothschilds are the cause of all evil in our world, and central banks are owned and controlled by private banks.

      Fred - 2012-03-13 12:52

      Same wrong measuring as when you came to the conclusion that the Rothschilds are the cause of all evil in our world, and central banks are owned and controlled by private banks.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-13 14:16

      They are Fred, I have given you the research, the links and the information. You continue to NOT answer any of the actual facts presented. You either lack the capacity or refuse to seek truth. Enjoy Disneyland.

      Fred - 2012-03-13 16:10

      I have. You continue to hold your silly delusions. Private banks hold shares in central banks PURELY for symbolic reasons. This is well known. How about going to Wits Business School and telling the professors there that the private banks own and control the SA Reserve Bank. Tell me what they say.

      Anthony - 2012-03-13 16:40

      Well, the only "goodthing" is, that most on this site, except this man full of hatred Patrick, now accept that this assad is a scumbag, to say the least !!! But what Mugabe has got to do with this, is puzzling to me. Mugabe is a dictator and a tyrant, and most certainly has blood on his hands, but at present , he is not killing his opposition by the thousands, by mowing them down!!!! FOR THIS REASON, all eyes of the world are on this assad !!!

  • Michael - 2012-03-13 14:11

    I say let Kofi get on with his assignment. This background noise only seems to confuse the journalists and adds nothing, except maybe assist politicians to win elections. The real task (and huge challenge) is firmly in Kofi's hands. I don't envy him.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-13 14:17

      Kofi is married to a Rothschild (see above), he will succeed.

      Fred - 2012-03-13 16:10

      Hilarious Goodthing!! What are you drinking or smoking or chewing, or eating?

      Fred - 2012-03-13 20:51

      It has a close to zero chance of succeeding, unfortunately. Assad has already drafted the new constitution. He'll remain in power for another fourteen years. This shows his true intentions. Almost the only way is for the world to be united, look him in the eye and say no more, or else. But the Russian and Chinese regimes are too self-centered, dumb and inexperienced to understand this. And you support them. So you're arguing against yourselves, and blinding yourselves to this fact.

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