Annan asks for delay in UN Syria vote

2012-07-18 17:39

New York - UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan asked the UN Security Council to delay a vote scheduled for Wednesday on a Western-drafted resolution calling for sanctions against Syria, British diplomats said.

"Joint Special Envoy Annan has asked to delay today's draft Syria resolution vote. With fellow co-sponsors we're considering that request," a British spokesperson said in a statement posted on Twitter.

"Annan feels it is still possible to get a compromise with Russia on the resolution," said a diplomat from another UN Security Council nation, confirming the move.

Foreign ministers from the five permanent Security Council members - Russia, United States, France, Britain and China - were also negotiating the future of the resolution that Russia has vowed to veto, diplomats said.

UN ambassadors from the five countries planned to hold their own talks before announcing whether the vote would go ahead, diplomats said.

Britain, with the backing of France, United States, Germany and Portugal, has proposed a resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which threatens non-military sanctions if President Bashar Assad does not halt the use of heavy weapons within 10 days of a resolution being passed.

Russia fiercely opposes the threat of sanctions.

More than 17 000 people have been killed since a popular uprising against Assad began 16 months ago, activists say.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 17:57

    The Russians must be laughing all the way to the UNSC with such contrived wringing of hands by coalition of the killing.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 18:23

      Yes I think you are right; The Russians are laughing !! SEVENTEEN THOUSAND, MAINLY UNARMED CIVILIANS MURDERED !!!! BLOODY BASTARDS !!!!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-18 18:27

      Is that 20 something snotnose still trolling the site?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 18:28

      Your hysterical gibbering seems a bit off. Secondly, press the Caps Lock button. It's located on the left-hand side of your keyboard. Hopefully you'll find it before you burn out.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 19:32

      @Greg Go to bed @$$wipe, you sound like an overtired child looking for attention!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 19:34

      Fidel's immature belief that the West is evil distorts the reality he sees and leads him to unwittingly support the slaughter of Muslims by unelected dictators, who are in control of state resources and the military, and who want to maintain their control. To him the Arab Spring, turned nightmare by Gaddafi and Assad, is a fake revolution, confirming the fake reality he sees. He thinks Russia and China will bring democracy to the Middle East. He has specifically stated this.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 19:43

      Don't you ever get tired of lying, spreading propaganda, disinformation and posting the same rubbish on all threads.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 19:53

      Direct quotes from your posts Fidel. Many people have engaged with you about them.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 20:03

      What does it gain you in an honest debate to blur the facts in this way?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-07-18 20:14

      Debate, Infidel Gastro? Debate is what you go fishing with, you know that right?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 20:18

      The "facts" are blurred in your posts by your immature core belief that the West is evil. Many people have pointed this out to you.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 20:39

      Fidel, You are soo angry, you are now confusing yourself. Greg, is one of your buddies, you remember the one who does all that research, the one who tells us; "Damascus !! There is no problem there.....its all at the border!!! That's while terrorist number ONE, looks out of his bedroom window, and only sees smoke !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 20:42

      Let's not forget that you support, even worship, the neo-Communist Russian and Chinese regimes and believe they'll bring democracy to the Middle East, democracy they themselves don't have.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 20:44

      This is how far your anti-West blinkers have taken you. More correctly, how far off-target you've taken yourself.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 20:54

      Patrick holds the same beliefs as Fidel. This is why he posts messages like this, and is do far off target, ineffective.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 21:53

      patrick, Good evening, Mr tiny Tosser, You woke up to spew out some of your hatred ? Go back to sleep, unless you want to be entertained by your boss, Fidel !!

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 18:00

    Is Russia at long last coming to its senses ?? Only a total idiot, will continue supporting this assad terrorist. even a grade 6 pupil, will tell you, this assad scumbag, is on his way out, dead or alive !!!

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-18 18:12

      I think you a damn idiot and surely you one of those western vampire idiots

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 18:16

      Keith, And I think , you are cute !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 19:38

      Keith also believes the West is evil, "evil vampires" is his belief. He too distorts reality and lands up supporting unelected dictators killing, detaining, torturing and raping civilians who want to vote.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 20:56

      Shows clearly your "West is evil" belief that leads you to unwittingly support the murder, detention, rape and torture of Muslim civilians by unelected dictators, enabled by neo-Communist regimes.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-19 02:43

      Case in point, actually

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-18 18:34

    The russians are only trying to hang on to their only mediterranean naval base. After the impending change of syrian government that will be gone.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 19:01

    The wires at Syrian banks , must be red hot today.! Hundreds of millions, if not BILLIONS, US and euros, stolen from the Syrian population, going to all corners of the world. Most of it 'hidden' so well, it will never be found. LOUSY SCUMBAGS! They had 50 years of untold luxury, while the majority suffered, and than on the way out, they clean out the banks! These "dictator families" and their buddies, are the SCUM OF THE WORLD !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 19:09

      Your terrorists aren't doing too bad in Libya either. "The rebel movement brought in a professional safe cracker from the United Arab Emirates who successfully opened the cash vault safe. The rebels had their hands on $900 million in Libyan dinars and $500.5 million in U.S. dollars. According to Central Bank officials in Tripoli, the rebels have now spent or siphoned to their offshore bank accounts the entire Benghazi Central Bank cash reserves. In addition, the rebel movement has squandered millions of euros provided by the Euriopean Union. The rebel's theft of money is so great, the U.S. Treasury has refused to provide frozen Libyan central government funds to the rebel movement." Don't ask me for a link, do your own research!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 19:30

      What the heck, went wrong in your life ??? You are suchhhhhhh a bitter person !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 19:41

      A sourceless quote is a personal opinion. Not to say that everything is perfect in Libya. Obviously it is not, especially after the late unelected dictator Gaddafi went mad and turned on Libyans, with their own military resources and state.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 19:48

      It's your freedom fighters that have brought destruction to a once prosperous country. This is what mercenaries do as they are not beholden to any principle. First it was Iraq, then Libya and now you want to export this chaos to Syria. Don't you people ever learn.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 19:54

      Tunisia and Egypt were fake revolutions too?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 20:04

      No!! They were genuine spontaneous internal uprisings.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-07-18 20:15

      "genuine spontaneous internal uprisings" ??? Sounds like a bad case of Infidel Gastro to me.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 20:32

      Same in Libya and Syria, except in these countries the unelected dictators had bloated Egos and decided to fight till the end. They said as much. Your anti-West belief distorts this from your view.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 20:49

      Unfortunately it's an unforgiving world. The unelected dictators were in a lose-lose situation: life in prison or try and make a run for it by using force. Gaddafi and Assad chose the latter. Neither will make it.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 20:44

    I wonder, where is Mr tiny Tosser!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 22:00

      I see you brought along your box of 'thumbs up' and 'thumbs down' Ask your neighbour if you can use his desktop, than you can give 2 x 'ups' to yourself and 2 x 'downs, to the ones you 'hate !!!! Now, that is going to be rewarding.!!! tiny Tosser

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