UN approves extension of Syria observers

2012-07-20 19:22

New York - The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution extending the 300-strong UN observer force in Syria for a final 30 days while leaving open the possibility of an extension.

Russia said it would veto the original British draft but joined the 14 other council members on Friday in supporting a revised British text.

It would end the observer mission in 30 days but renew it if Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council confirm that the use of heavy weapons has ended and the level of violence in Syria is reduced.

The mandate of the 300-strong mission had been set to expire on Friday.

Pressure is mounting on the regime of President Bashar Assad to end the civil war.

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-20 20:15

    Whatever its past record the UN is realising it has no moral authority to back revolution or take sides in a civil war

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 21:04

      The neo-Communist Russian and Chinese regimes are enabling the wholesale slaughter of Syrians and their families by an unelected leader attempting to hold onto unelected power. Russia in particular is perusing selfish, narrow geo-political interests at the expense of the Syrian people. This is likely to backfire when the Assad regime falls, and fall it will. Just 12 of the 166 countries on Earth voted in the General Assembly that Assad is an illegitimate leader and must step down. Only Russia and China are preventing the UN, meaning the world, from making this happen, and saving countless lives.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 21:14

      Well said Stephen, arguably China and Russia are defending the principle that the role of the UN is to intervene only in disputes between states and not take a side on a domestic quarrel. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in full: "A decisive battle is in progress in Syria. Adopting the resolution would mean outright support of a revolutionary movement. And if we are talking about a revolution then the United Nations has nothing to do with it."

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-21 02:41

      To Fidel, with his immature world view, the plight of the Syrian people at the hands of an unelected dictator, in control of the state and military, trying to extend his unelected rule, is a domestic quarrel. Sad and delusional.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-21 12:17

      China, Russia and Fidel are morally corrupt on this issue, being devoid of any humanity.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-21 14:03

      Afternoon Gerhard, you brother was here last night using your profile, send my greetings to him. Foreign policy has always been about the perceived self-interest of the rulers/politicians who run it anywhere, yet politicians, being politicians, always try to dress it up as the application of moral principles. Western foreign policy is morally bankrupt. It's propped up more dictators than the Soviet Union ever did. The west is so morally screwed-up, especially in its foreign policy, that, it can make war and hypocrisy appear virtuous. An ethical foreign policy in a world governed by self interest is an oxymoron. Watch what they do and not what they say!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-21 15:55

      Fidel's version of "foreign policy" through his immature world lenses.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-20 23:12

    Fidel doesn't understand the UN Charter. Moreover, he sees a fake uprising in Syria.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-21 10:44

      Sergey Lavrov does!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-21 10:59

      It is only that Russia has veto rights at the UN SC, for otherwise, they would be totally irrelevant in the Syria issue !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-21 14:31

      Russia matters, will always matter, has always mattered! If you think that Russia is a pushover then think again as better men than you have found out to their costs, Napoleon and the German Generals. It's only in your pea brain that Russia is irrelevant.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-21 15:56

      The Russian weather defeated Napoleon and Hitler. Everyone knows that.

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