SA backs UN observer mission to Syria

2012-04-14 11:09

Johannesburg - South Africa said it supported a Western-drafted UN Security Council resolution allowing a ceasefire observer mission in Syria as the body prepared to vote on Saturday.

The country, which is a non-permanent member of the Security Council, called on "all sides to the conflict to fully implement their commitments" made to the UN-Arab League Kofi Annan, deputy foreign minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said in a statement.

"The deputy minister reiterated South Africa's support for the call made by (Annan) regarding the urgent deployment of a UN Observer Mission to verify and monitor the ceasefire," the statement said.

A ceasefire came into force at dawn on Thursday after a 13-month crackdown on dissent that has cost an estimated more than 10 000 lives.

The United States called for a vote on the resolution to allow an advance mission of 30 military observers to go to Syria next week to monitor the ceasefire.

The 15-member council will hold the vote on Saturday, but support from Syria's main ally Russia is uncertain.

South Africa abstained from voting in a failed resolution last October that would have threatened possible action against President Bashar al-Assad.

The resolution had a "hidden agenda" to bring down Assad's government, South Africa said at the time.

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-04-14 12:12

    Ag Neeeeeee!!!!!!!

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-14 12:29

    No big deal !! What would have been a big deal; If SA would have stood up with most of the world, comdemning this assad THUG of slaughtering his opposition !!!

  • Danie - 2012-04-14 12:29

    Are they sure about this? I'm just thinking how quickly they changed their minds with Ghadaffi. Make sure who you backs this time before you make South Africa's name gat again

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-14 13:23

    Backing the bankers SA, good thinking but bad for the world. Down with Usury

      Fred - 2012-04-14 13:33

      9/11 didn't happen, central banks are arms of private banks not governments, and the Rothschilds of all people are the source of evil in our world. :)

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-14 13:34

      Congratulations Fred, you've been doing some reading.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-14 13:54

      Ohhh No, First it was "oil" Than it was the "banks" What next ....prostitutes ???

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-14 14:06

      It was never oil.

      Dawood - 2012-04-14 14:41

      @ Fred atleast someone now knows the truth oif the worlds gripes...presently the biggest threat are the KOGH brothers(david & charles)..the US administration is run by these evil goons,and they are amongst the top 10 richest in the world(innocent ppl's blood drips off their hands)and there are a few more like them in the US and israel that are a threat to mankind and world peace...(BEWARE these names they run the US government and inturn the worlds resources and wealth)(MOSTLY USURPED AND STOLEN FROM SOVEREIGN NATIONS-and they use the US army to do their dity work.

      Fred - 2012-04-14 16:55

      Actually, the tokolosh under your bed is the biggest threat. In addition, the US attacked itself on 9/11, the oppressive Iranian regime is peace-loving, Nato has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians with car bombs and suicide attacks, Moamar Gaddafi was a true African hero notwithstanding that he killed, maimed, detained, tortured and raped tens of thousands of Libyans, and Bashar Assad is being attacked by terrorists.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-14 18:24

      Fred is never able to back up his stories nor remain on point.

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