UN draft is a ‘declaration of war’ on Syria, says envoy2011/11/22 | Reuters
Syria’s UN envoy on Monday slammed a draft UN resolution condemning the Syrian government’s eight-month crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, calling it a “declaration of war” on Damascus.
Demonstrators protest against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.Photograph by: HANDOUT
Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari was referring to a draft resolution on Syria which Germany submitted to the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee. The draft, which was crafted by Germany, Britain and France, has five Arab states among its 61 co-sponsors.
“This was tabled in the context of declaring a political and media and diplomatic war on my country,” Ja’afari told the committee, which is comprised of the 193 U.N. member states.
“It is a declaration of war that aims to affect the independence of our political decision-making and stop us from moving ahead in our national political agendas,” he said.
Syria has promised the United Nations that it would halt military operations against civilians and implement political reforms. But U.N. officials say Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has failed to keep any of his promises.
The draft resolution says the committee “strongly condemns the continued grave and systematic human rights violations by the Syrian authorities, such as arbitrary executions, excessive use of force and the persecution and killing of protesters and human rights defenders.”
It also condemns “arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, torture and ill treatment of detainees, including children” and demands an immediate end to all such violations.
Syria criticises Arab ‘Lackeys’
If adopted as expected, the resolution would urge Syria to implement an Arab League plan that called for it to halt military operations against civilians and to allow foreign observers into the country.
The committee is scheduled to vote on the draft resolution on Tuesday. If approved, the resolution will go to the General Assembly for a repeat vote in a plenary session next month.
German Ambassador Peter Wittig urged the General Assembly’s human rights committee to vote for the resolution.
“We hope that all [UN] member states will support this effort and send a strong signal to the Syrian Arab Republic that the ongoing human rights violations and violence must come to an end,” he told the committee.
In an interview with Reuters, Ja’afari had sharp words for the five Arab co-sponsors of the resolution, whom he dismissed as “lackeys.”
The Arab co-sponsors are Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Syria’s erstwhile ally Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country that has become increasingly critical of Damascus, is also co-sponsoring it.
“Since 1918, women can vote in Syria,” he said, apparently comparing his country with Saudi Arabia. “We have a parliament.
Women can be physicians. Women can drive a car.”
He also accused Western powers of supplying the opposition with weapons and funds to attack government security forces.
The Arab League has threatened Syria with sanctions. If the league imposes sanctions on Damascus, Western diplomats on the UN Security Council have suggested that they would try to resurrect their efforts to impose UN sanctions on Syria.
Last month Russia and China vetoed a European-drafted resolution that would have condemned the crackdown, which has killed over 3 500 civilians since March according to UN figures, and threatened Syria with possible sanctions.
Western diplomats say European and US officials are encouraging Russia and China not to block council action on Syria, but so far Moscow has signaled that it could not support UN moves against Damascus out of fear that it would escalate into a Libya-style military operation aimed at ousting Assad.
Arab states, Turkey plan ‘No-Fly Zone’ over Syria
Published November 22nd, 2011 – 11:43 GMTSenior European sources said that Arab jet fighters, and possibly Turkish warplanes, backed by American logistic support will implement a no fly zone in Syria’s skies.
Senior European sources said that Arab jet fighters, and possibly Turkish warplanes, backed by American logistic support will implement a no fly zone in Syria’s skies, after the Arab League will issue a decision, under its Charter, calling for the protection of Syrian civilians.
The sources told Kuwait’s al Rai daily that the no fly ban will include a ban on the movement of Syrian military vehicles, including tanks, personnel carriers and artillery, adding that this move would aim at curbing the movement of Assad forces, and cripple their ability to bomb cities. The European sources said the no fly ban might lead to the paralysis of the Syrian regime forces “in less than 24 hours.”
Meanwhile, it is reported that the leadership of the Turkish General Staff informed all the concerned parties with the Syrian issue its rejection of the idea that the Turkish army would launch any invasion to the Syrian territory including the area adjacent to the Turkish border to establish a “buffer zone” to protect civilians fleeing the violence.
Syria on the verge of war21 November, 2011 | 15:28Syria War or Syria civil war, War never changes
Russian war fleet on the shores of Libya, Usa ecpects Syrian civil war, Syria evacuates residence next to turkish war, Turkey continously slams Syria politics.
Ankara / NationalTurk – Us Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned last week that Syria could plummet into a full-fledged civil war. the same train of thought is sahered by Russia, who sent warships to the shores of Syria, always an ally of Russia.
Meanwhile Turkey Syria relations is having a most tense zenith, as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls Syrian leader Bashar al Assad’s time at the throne are numbered.
USA cannot open a new front of battle in Syria due to lack of soldiers, therefore wants to use Turkey in this war.
Syria War or Syria civil war, War never changes
For months, the Syrian president Assad has been warning that chaos and violence would follow if his government collapsed: Tenfold of as in Afghanistan, he decribes the aftermath of his downfall, and kills relentlessly his own people to prevent it.
‘Any problem in Syria will burn the whole region,’ the Syrian leader states.
The message is directed at two audiences: foreign states worried about a further fractured and radicalized Middle East, and Syrian minorities terrified about potential sectarian bloodletting. Especially worried are members of Assad’s Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, and Syria’s Christians. The latter group has taken note of the churches bombed in Iraq and burned in Egypt after the fall of secular leaders.
Destabilisation of the entire Arab world. Moscow Decries US-NATO’s Global Provocation in Syria
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Situation in Syria can lead to destabilisation in Arab world– Lavrov
The situation in Syria can lead to destabilisation of the situation in other Arab countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
After the talks with his Kazakhstani counterpart Yerzhan Kazykhanov on Monday, Lavrov said, “Tension continues to heighten in the region. The public stirs up in Egypt. Disorders have begun in Bahrain. Attacks on government buildings have been made in Kuwait.”
“I don’t rule out that these processes are conditioned by the atmosphere that is being created in Syria when certain foreign players call on the Syrian opposition not to start dialogue with the authorities,” the minister said. At the same time, he noted, “Foreign countries’ policy towards Syria gives in to the temptation by neighbouring states in order to use the situation for their benefit and stir up tension in their states.”
Lavrov said he is hopeful that the countries of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference “will take a responsible approach while other states will also act in a very responsible way, in compliance with the norms of international law under which the peoples themselves should decide on their fate”.
“Western colleagues want the U.N. Security Council to hold discussions on the protection of civilians in Syria. Our position is that Russia backed the LAS initiative, which envisages ceasing violence whatsoever it came from and deploying observers of Arab countries, and to intensify the dialogue between Syrians themselves on ways towards democratic reforms,” Lavrov said.
In his view, in order to stop violence it is necessary to convince Syrian authorities and armed groups, who are trying to use peaceful protests to instigate violence, to give up disproportionate use of force. “A certain Liberation Army has emerged in Syria. It created a military interim council, which proclaimed itself the supreme military power and set the task of overthrowing the regime in Syria. Certain Western capitals believe that military actions by Syrian detectors prove the democratic aspirations of the people,” he said.
“If democracy is interpreted as grenade-launcher attacks on the buildings of the Baath Party and on administrative facilities, Moscow cannot agree with this.
“Both the authorities and armed groups, who penetrated into the Syrian opposition, should be pressured to cease violence,” Lavrov said on Monday.
“Till now we’ve watched, when the LAS called for ceasing violence and starting a dialogue, Western capitals and certain countries of the Middle East region back calls for advising the opposition to avoid such dialogue,” the Russian minister said. “This looks like a global provocation,” Lavrov stressed.
“If everyone wants to give Syrians an opportunity to exercise their right to decide their fate themselves, it is necessary to take a fair and responsible approach,” the minister stressed.
Commenting on the request to ensure the security of peaceful civilians, Lavrov noted, “Everyone remembers the events that preceded the Libyan tragedy. It’s this slogan that had been used by those who grossly violated the U.N. Security Council resolutions by delivering missile strikes instead of protecting peaceful civilians,” he said, adding, “So, the most important right – the right to life – was infringed upon.”
“One must not admit abuse of and outrage upon international law,” Lavrov said.
Russia believes that the League of Arab States initiative on the settlement in Syria should be concretised, Lavrov said.
Lavrov said Russia wanted LAS observers and foreign mass media to work in Syria. “We uphold an idea of involving unbiased observers in the settlement. We also want mass media to get open access to Syria,” the Russian minister said. “The idea of sending LAS observers to Syria is not new. The LAS put forth this initiative on November 2. We actively supported this idea,” he stressed.
“We can note many contradictory facts about the events in the country. The presence of observers, like as of journalists, would help clarify the situation,” Lavrov pointed out.
He also said, “Several days ago the Syrian government agreed to accept LAS observers and allow them access to any area of the country.”
Russia urges Syrian authorities and the opposition to start talks as soon as possible, Lavrov said. The talks are expected to take place at the LAS headquarters in Cairo, the minister said. “We believe it necessary to send LAS observers to Syria in order to keep a close watch on the fulfilment of obligations by all parties,” he stressed.
“We think that it is necessary to start talks on the peaceful settlement in Syria by all parties. It is important to organise such talks at the LAS headquarters in Cairo,” Lavrov pointed out.
“This is not our fantasy. These are components that the LAS initiative contains. But we believe that they should be concretised,” the minister said.
The events in Syria resemble a real civil war, he added. “The LAS initiative of November 2 [we supported this initiative] contains several components. The first point is that it is necessary to stop violence wheresoever it comes from. It is important because violence in Syria comes not only from government structures,” the minister said.
“Today I’ve watched television commentaries saying a new force – the Liberated Syrian Army – organised attacks on government buildings, i.e. buildings owned by the Syrian Armed Forces. This resembles a realcivil war,” Lavrov noted.
“The LAS position on the need to cease violence wherever it came from requires details and concrete facts. In order to realise the Arab initiative we call on all interested parties to demand the Syrian authorities and the opposition stop violence. This should be done on behalf of the LAS and on behalf of the countries where the opposition works,” Lavrov stressed.