Syria hasn't fully complied with peace plan

2012-04-19 09:01

New York  - Syria has not fully complied with its obligations to withdraw troops and heavy weapons from towns and has yet to send a "clear signal" about its commitment to peace, the UN chief told the Security Council in a letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said an expanded UN monitoring mission for Syria would be comprised of "an initial deployment" of up to 300 unarmed observers who would supervise a fragile week-old ceasefire between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and opposition fighters seeking to oust him.

"The Syrian Government has yet to fully implement its initial obligations regarding the actions and deployments of its troops, or to return them to barracks," he told the council.

"Violent incidents and reports of casualties have escalated again in recent days, with reports of shelling of civilian areas and abuses by Government forces," he said. "The Government reports violent actions by armed groups."

"The cessation of armed violence is therefore clearly incomplete," Ban said, adding that both sides say they are committed to ending the "violence in all its forms".

Diplomats on the 15-nation council say Ban's report and a briefing they will receive from the UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan's deputy Jean-Marie Guehenno on Thursday at 09:00 will be crucial in determining whether the conditions are right for deploying a UN monitoring mission to Syria.

Ban said such a force would be helpful in securing an end to all fighting though it was essential the conditions be right for deployment.

"Developments since 12 April underline the importance of sending a clear message to the authorities that a cessation of armed violence must be respected in full, and that action is needed on all aspects of [Annan's] six-point [peace] plan," he said.

"At the same time the very fragility of the situation underscores the importance of putting in place arrangements that can allow impartial supervision and monitoring," he said.

An advance team of monitors in Syria had visited the town of Deraa and "enjoyed freedom of movement" there, Ban said. However, he noted that "the team's initial request to visit Homs was not granted, with officials claiming security concerns".

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 14:53

    What the mainstream media seem to leave out that the Syrian govt while no angels have been under constant attack from outside forces masquerading as protesters. There are many accounts of French special forces. Mossad and CIA agents being captured in Syria. The west is seeking regime change to form a puppet govt and further isolate Iran.

      Fred - 2012-04-19 15:46

      Not you too Dylan. This is absurd.

  • mohammedfaried.ebrahim - 2012-04-19 15:18

    The mainstream media only talks about syrian govt in a negative way as if they the media also wants regime change. South Africa is right to put the media in thier place cos when it suits them they please thier masters the west and israel. You never see articles on daily bombings and killings of civilians in gaza,west bank,or places they seek to plunder or rape and murder innocent people. Most western and euro country's are on the verge of financial collapse so what else, steal and plunder weak countrys of their wealth. the time has come for the 99% to remove the scum of this world from power. VIVA 99%

      Fred - 2012-04-19 15:50

      That's because the daily bombings and killings of civilians are by the Iranian and Syrian backed Palestinian guerrillas who launch almost daily attacks on Israel. Israel defends itself, sometimes too aggressively yes, but it's defense. EVERYONE who's been following the story and who has a clear mind knows this. What would you do if you and your family were attacked in your home almost daily? Mohammed, your Muslim brothers and sisters are being slaughtered, SLAUGHTERED, and Muslim cities across Syria destroyed by an UNELECTED DICTATOR who is using their military and their money to do this. Do you even care about them?

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 16:11

      @fred. U say DEFENCE. How about illegal occupation of palestinian territory?

      Jaba - 2012-04-19 16:23

      "You never see articles on daily bombings and killings of civilians in gaza,west bank" Your propaganda is sad Mo... Your lies are shoddier... I feel for brainwashed zombies like you – not everything you hear on Fridays is true, most is just incitement.

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 15:49

    How so frank. Have u read the reports of armed insurgents that been there since the beginning of the uprising?

      Fred - 2012-04-19 15:52

      You need to provide proper sources

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 16:00

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 16:06

      The fact of the matter is that this has nothing to do with human rights. It is a geo political ploy to further isolate Iran and bring about regime change in Syria. If it had any thing to do with freedom then why is the USA so silent about the Saudi , Bahrain and Yemeni brutal crackdowns on there own people. Now I do not condone the Assad regime but in saying that I don't condone the netenyahu or Obama regimes either.

      Fred - 2012-04-19 16:53

      I haven't read the articles yet. But why do suppose the freer world would want change in Syria and Iran?

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 17:10

      U see Fred. The free world if there is such a thing have been spun a story by the western world portraying Iran( a whole other story)and Syria as absolute tyrants and they probably are but when mainstream media forget to mention the facts that there are foreign special forces helping militants within the country to create instabilty well then u get the picture that it is not about freeing the people it is a geo political game looking to get mass support for military intervention and regime change. The problem with Syria is there is no credible opposition. So all u will get if the Assad regime falls will more than likely be a USA friendly regime still oppressing Human rights. But then I guess the USA won't go around demanding democracy in that country. As long as there interests are protected.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 17:13

      And frank please read the articles. Stop believing mainstream media as it is all set up to promote certain elite interests. Read the independent media more to get a more balanced view. The world is starting to see through the western lies.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 17:14

      Sorry Fred I called u frank by accident. Apologies

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-19 17:27

      Dylan, Your comments are just plain silly. On the one hand you don't think it is so kul that this assad murders his opposition by the THOUSANDS, but than you come up with all absurd conspiracy stories of everyone being involved in trying to topple this thug, everyone....besides the Syrians themselves!!!! That is CRAZY !!! What makes it even more crazy, is that this assad is not from some majority party, who just likes to sit on his opposition, but he is from a minority tribe, the Alawis ""For many centuries, the Alawis were the weakest, poorest, most rural, most despiced,and most backward people of Syria. In recent years, however, they have transformed rhemselves into the ruling elite of Damascus. Today Alawis dominate the government, hold key military positions, enjoy a disproportionate share of the educational resources, and are becoming wealthy"" (Daniel Pipes ) fOREIGN ARMED INSURGENTS IN SYRIA ???? 10 000 Deaths ! 40 000 Injured !! 70 000 arrested !!! And this assad has not paraded ONE foreign fighter on his TV Well than he must be the dumnest dictator of all times !!! But if you watch RT, than you will believe ANYTHING !!!!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 17:38

      Anthony. I have no doubt that the Syrian people have been seeking freedom. However if u believe that the us and her allies are making all this noise in the name of the Syrian people well then u r mistaken. I asked Fred the question but he could not answer. How come we have not heard any threats of military intervention in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, or Yemen? There have also been massive human rights violations in these countries. Well one only need look and u will see that these are American allies wether they have major oil contracts such as Saudi Arabia. Or major military bases in key strategic positions such as in yemen and Bahrain. Now these are not democratic countries are they?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-19 18:18

      Dylan, I don't know what you mean, with "noise" , that the Americans and Europeans are making. If they would have done something, this assad would be history! But they have done NOTHING, and THAT is the whole point. They are not interested in military intervention, nor in arming the opposition. They send them some goggles , and THAT'S ALL !!! There have been a number of UN votes, where the whole council voted condemning this assad, besides only TWO members, the Russians and the Chinese !!! And than there have been just two "conferences" , one in Tunis and one in Istanbul, AND THAT'S IT. Stop watching this ridiculous childish programs on RT, than maybe you will stick with reality !! And what Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia concerns, sure there are human rights abuses, but not near the extend as the ones in Syria. In Syria, there are now 10 000 DEAD, ( TEN THOUSAND ) with hundreds if not thousands of snipers on rooftops, shooting with life amunition at anything that moves, including women and children. In the three countries you mention, none of them have hundreds of tanks in built up areas, firing rockets into residential apartment blocks. But, for sure, the "Arab Spring", is far from over.......... And foreign military bases in the ME, Sure, the biggest threat at present; A large Russian military base in Syria !!!!

      nowicki1 - 2012-04-19 18:41

      Anthony, who do you think killed the 4000 security forces. You fail to mention that these are part of the 10 000 dead. That's almost half the death toll. "THOUSANDS, but than you come up with all absurd conspiracy stories of everyone being involved in trying to topple this thug, everyone....besides the Syrians themselves!!!! " - No not everyone is part of this conspiracy, Once the US decides which side it wants to support during a revolution its the media's job to make that side look like angels and the enemy look like demons, basically doing their governments public relations instead of reporting. The top 17 media corporations are all part of the Council on Foreign Relations and it is there job to push the agenda of the CFR. Educate yourselves please.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 18:48

      Anthony. First off it has been documented that since the uprising in Syria foreign forces have been actively operating in and amongst protesters. The web is awash with such stories not just rt w This has obviously contributed to the thousands of lives lost. The us and her allies have seeked to create destabilization in Syria by supplying arms to the insurgents. Now the main problem I have is the mainstream media conveniently forget to mention armed groups fighting the Assad regime saying that they are simply firing on innocent civilians. They are clearly pushing an agenda that suits them. U speak of snipers on the roof tops, u obviously know that these are Syrian forces. Or how sure are u? And the us and uk can't just attack Syria because they have no mandate to invade Syria. Secondly it will put the world in a very dangerous position as the Russians and the Chinese will put there forces on high alert as Syria is right on there doorstep and having NATO troops further encroach on there boarders will send the wrong message to these two global powers. The way I see it the whole region including western powers is corrupt to the core and I'm tired of people believing that the us just want to promote democracy because it's been proven time and time again that this is not the case. Iraq? Afghanistan? Libya? All they have done is make matters worse and they definitely have the most blood on their hands because they just have to get involved with everyone elses affairs.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 18:51

      Nowick. Thank you. Council on foreign relations. Enough said

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 19:20

      Oh and Anthony. Your naivety is really starting to make you look stupid. You are saying Russia's base in Syria is the greatest threat. Um let's look at who's been waging wars recently America (and nato)has invaded Iraq Afghanistan Libya. Is actively pursuing Iran covertly for now with drone missions more drone attacks in Pakistan Somalia Yemen, these animals don't even wage war anymore. All because they looking for so called 'terrorists' oh and Russia has invaded who? I think it was poor Georgia. The us has 761 bases world wide. I wonder who the terrorists really are?oh but wait the us promotes freedom and democracy!!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-19 19:44

      Matt, Ok, let me go slowly for you; It are not 4000 security forces ( if you got this figure from rt, always half it !! ) But, say you are right, sure they belong to the 10 000. But than we start to differ. The opposition started their protest UNARMED in Homs, 12 months ago. This assad's answer. KILLING THEM !! SNIPERS on rooftops,shooting with life amunition at whatever moves, including women and children, and TANKS in residential areas, firing rockets into apartment blocks. Even the Russians agree with this version of what happened at the start of this uprising. Today, most of tyhe oposition members are STILL UNARMED. But, fortunatelly, THOUSANDS of the Syrian army, have deserted, as they were not billing to kill their own. It are the Syrian army DESERTERS who are killing the Syrian army MURDERERS And the last part of your comment is pathethically childish, and can only come from those clowns at rt. One thing for sure, thew media ompanies in the USA are highly competitive, a stark contrast to those in Russia, China, Iran etc ,etc

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-19 20:16

      Dylan, You seem to be having fun spewing all anti Western stuff, but you do this, with talking such unbelievable BS. We had in 2011, this kind of crap, 24/7, for TWELVE MONTHS !!! It 'were' the Americans and the Europeans who wanted these changes in N Africa ! WHY the heck did they want to do this ???????????????? That prostitute gaddafi, was sleeping with everybody, willing to pay. His lovely corrupt sons and daughter, were living the billionaire lifestyle in New York, London and Paris. The London school of economics, even sold Saif a doctorate !! The few European countries that wanted Libyan oil, got as much as they needed, as long as they paid hundreds of millions US, in bribes to this corrupt family. gaddafi could not stop hugging and kissing European leaders, and they were enjoying it. Now, I am the stupid one, and you are the smart, so try to explain; WHY WOULD THE AMERICANS AND EUROPEANS , AND EVEN THE gaddafies, WANTED TO CHANGE THIS ?????????????????????? Although China now takes most of Libya's oil, the few European countries that imported Libyan oil before the uprising, still import Libyan oil. ( the USA, did not import Libyan oil before or after , when this gaddafi thug was the boss.) Your comment is useless and pretty dumb !!!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 20:35

      Gee wizz Anthony. U feeling better after your little rant. So what did you actually prove. That both parties including the western establishment were ready to do big business when it suited them? Wow how observant of you. To say that they had to bribe ghadaffi is stupid what was he meant to do just give them Libyas. Oil. U continue to ridicule anything that goes against what you believe. It's sad actually. One thing you will eventually realise is that the west will do business with whoever it dont matter if you are a dictator a monarch or a fascist state as long as they can further there own interests when a country no longer plays ball and u have something they want they will get rid of you one way or another. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DEMOCRACY!!!!!!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 20:37

      Anthony. Like i have said its all on the web literally thousands of articles. Just read a bit before you get all offensive. You are proving to be a really stupid ignorant person

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-19 21:05

      ""One thing you will eventually realise is that China will do business with whoever it dont matter if you are a dictator a monarch or a fascist state as long as they can further there own interests"" So true !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-19 21:53

      Dylan, That you have to come me with silly childish little insults, leaves me stone cold. You behave like a grade 6 child spun out of control. But for sure, the Tunesians, the Egyptians, the Libyans, and the Syrians, must be getting soooo sick and tired of these half baked pseudo intellectuals, with their non stop BS and insults to them !! No wonder they have turned their backs to the SOUTH !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-19 22:09

      Dylan, http;// world against the USA http;// seen in New York http;// wins Nobel Peace Prize http;// boycot's Sudanese oil http;// wins 98 % of the vote http;// editor arrested for allowing comments with Western support

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-19 23:56

      Anthony. I never claimed to support china so I don't know what your clever little 'I'll use his remark on the us and put china in instead of the us. You see all yourself and Fred do is disregard whatever I say off hand as 'childish' 'irresponsible' and 'stupid' to name a few. Truth off the matter is I have read enough on the topics at hand to know that I have valid arguments that you have not put counter arguments forth besides hurling insults. And I am the child. How ironic!!!!

      Fred - 2012-04-20 17:32

      Dylan's a deluded conspiracy theorist. Hence his distorted world view.

      Fred - 2012-04-20 17:32

      As is Matt/Nowicki.

      Fred - 2012-04-20 17:33

      Patrick is Patrick.

  • Nasser - 2012-04-20 08:37

    Spot on Dylan and keep it coming! But don't expect Fred and his type to face the facts. It never ceases to amaze me how people like Fred continue to fall for and pertuate the myth that Hillary is so vigorously taking up the cause of the "peaceful opposition" in Syria out of a deep desire to see freedom and democracy flourish in Syria and the Mideast! Like in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, the only motive for US and European involvement in Syria are the billions of dollars to be gained from oil, arms and reconstruction contracts for US & European companies. Its about narrow and selfish economic interests whilst hundreds of thousands will continue to face desolation, destruction and death!

      Fred - 2012-04-20 17:30

      Every blind Ego has its day. Sometimes, too often, it consumes a whole lifetime, deluding it. Please point me to the oil in Afghanistan, and the oil contracts awarded to US companies in Iraq and Libya. Please also point me to the civilian targets in these countries and the "hundreds of thousands" who faced "desolation, destruction and death" by the US. Talk about blinding oneself. While you're doing this to yourself, Syria is being destroyed UNDER YOUR NOSE as are tens of thousands of Syrian families.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 17:56

      Spot on Nasser and keep it coming! But don't expect Patrick and his type to face the facts. It never ceases to amaze me how people like Patrick continue to fall for and pertuate the myth that Putin is so vigorously taking up the cause of the "peaceful illigitimate regime " in Syria out of a deep desire to see dictatorship and tyranny flourish in Syria and the Mideast! Like in Libya and Iran, the only motive for Russia and China involvement in Syria are the billions of dollars to be gained from oil, arms and reconstruction contracts for Russian and Chinese companies . Its about narrow and selfish economic interests whilst hundreds of thousands will continue to face desolation, destruction and death!

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