US 'sceptical' of Syria ceasefire prospects

2012-10-25 07:54

New York - A top US envoy expressed doubts on Wednesday about the prospects for a ceasefire in Syria, accusing President Bashar Assad of failing to keep past promises.

"Many are duly sceptical about prospects for even a temporary ceasefire, given Assad's record of broken promises," US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said after a briefing by UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on his efforts to halt hostilities.

Brahimi told the 15-nation Security Council on Wednesday that Assad and most rebel groups had agreed to his appeal for a four-day ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The Syrian government is to make an official statement on Thursday.

"Regime atrocities - aerial bombardments, cluster bombs, shelling - are mounting in Syria and threatening the security of the entire region," Rice said in a Twitter statement.

She said the United States "strongly supports" Brahimi's call for a ceasefire, but she added that the "government must make the first move".

Earlier, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States wanted to see the violence end. But she added that there must be "consequences" for those who block any ceasefire or political transition in Syria.

Clinton said in Washington that the United States and other major powers had "worked very hard" to agree a document on a document for a transition in Geneva in June.

"We would like to see the Security Council adopt such a framework but to include some consequences for all parties in the event that there is not a cease-fire respected for a political transition" to start.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-25 08:09

    The initial cease fire didn't succeed because of elements within Saudi Arabia and Qatar and the U.S. who never wanted it to succeed in the first place. Not only were they supplying more and better weapons' to certain opposition armed groups at the very time that the U.N. observers were trying to implement the plan on the ground. They were also, as the BBC's Paul Danahar ( has documented, 'using their command and control of some opposition military units to wreck local ceasefires negotiated by the UN'. So if this one is to fail also, that's because those who pretended to support the plan for propaganda reasons wants it to, after all it is regime change that they are seeking in Syria, and not peace or the saving of Syrian lives.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-25 08:40

      Could not agree more..based on past attempts the US will do its best to derail any ceasefire,or peace deal,that will allow Assad to remain in power.If you just read the article,you immediately see: She said the United States "strongly supports" Brahimi's call for a ceasefire, but she added that the "government must make the first move". Its way time this bullying nation must be forced of the stage of international affairs...only Russia and China can achieve this ..please God may this happen quickly!!

      Shaun Daly - 2012-10-25 08:57

      Anyone who thinks Russia or China is a preferable option to the US needs their head examined. The worst you'll get with the US is back room deals and other behind the scenes finagling, neither China nor Russia will use such kid gloves. Both are Imperialist with abysmal human rights records that care nothing but for their own interests. Ask Georgia, Tibet, Taiwan and Kurdistan how it feels to be under China or Russias thumb.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-25 08:59

      The US should indeed stay as far away from other countries as possible. They only leave death and destruction, that's if they leave! We can only hope that a re-emergence of a multipolar world will curb America's worst excesses and that China's relative isolationism will keep her at home. We've seen the result of an unfettered, uni-polar world for the last 30 years and its not pretty. It'll only get worse if no one stands up to the US.

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-10-25 10:01

      If you look nicely at Rice foto you can see the Devil Vampire looking thru her the evil monger

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-25 18:22

      . Well, I would rather look into her ice, than those ice cold murderous eyses of that Putin clown. Have been told that the next G8 summit, he will arrive with a parachute, through the chimney on the conference table!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-25 18:36

      Keith, Something wrong with you??? One whole comment, without FILTH !!!! Been to church ??

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-10-25 09:07

    To all the fools who think there's a difference between the Democrats and Republicans (read: Obama/Romney), pay attention to stories such as this. There is no party of peace or party of war, rather one two headed party of Lucre. America needs viable options to the Republicrats, hopefully parties like the Libertarians will continue to gain ground and wake up the disenfranchised so Americans can take their country back.

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