Security Council in Toothless Show on Syria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 03/21/12)
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The UN Security Council on Wednesday called on Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad to immediately implement proposals by international
envoy Kofi Annan.
The nonbinding statement approved by the 15 council members was
described as "a strong message of support for the Syrian opposition"
after a year of deadlock at the world body.
The statement contained Annan´s proposals, including an immediate
ceasefire by the Syrian government, a daily two hour halt to fighting
to evacuate the injured and provide humanitarian aid, and inclusive
In a bid to win support from Russia and China, which have twice
vetoed European and US-backed resolutions condemning Assad´s brutal
suppression of the popular uprising against his regime, references
to "further measures" were eliminated.
"Further measures," is considered an allusion to international
sanctions or direct military intervention, both of which Moscow and
Beijing – with billions tied to Assad’s regime – oppose.
Instead, the presidential statement now asks Annan to update the
council regularly on the progress of his mission, saying “in the
light of these reports, the Security Council will consider further
steps as appropriate."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that the Syria crisis
is the most pressing issue facing the world today. The UN estimates
more than 8,000 people have been killed in the past year.
"We have no time to waste, no time to lose. Just one minute, one hour
delay will mean more and more people dead," Ban told reporters.
A presidential statement, which needs approval from all council
members, becomes part of the council´s permanent record. It is
stronger than a press statement, which doesn´t.
Unlike resolutions, neither statement is legally binding.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/21/12)
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