Russia May Back UN Draft on Syria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/05/12)
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Russia´s foreign minister said Thursday that Moscow could support a
United Nations Security Council motion on Syria if it doesn´t contain
ultimatums to President Bashar al-Assad´s government.
Sergey Lavrov said in Kyrgyzstan that Russia may vote in favor of a
Security Council document backing UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan´s
six-point peace plan.
Lavrov didn´t specify whether he was referring to a Council
resolution or a statement, but warned that the document shouldn´t
contain any ultimatums or threats.
His remarks were made as a U.S.-drafted UN Security Council statement
would have the 15-nation panel step up the pressure on Syria by
ordering it to comply with an April 10 deadline to halt fighting and
withdraw its forces from Syrian population centers.
The so-called “presidential statement”, drafted by the U.S. in
cooperation with Britain, France and Germany, endorsing the timeline
for ending a year-long conflict in Syria that has killed thousands
could be adopted by the council on Thursday.
“The Security Council demands that the Syrian government immediately
and verifiably implement its commitments ... to (a) cease troop
movements towards population centers, (b) cease all use of heavy
weapons in such centers, and (c) begin pullback of military
concentrations in and around population centers ... by 10 April
2012,” says the draft statement.
The draft is being prepared as an advance team of peacekeepers from
the UN prepared to travel to Syria to lay the groundwork for an
unarmed observer force.
Russia and China have twice used their veto power at the Council to
block UN resolutions containing sanctions against Assad´s government
over its crackdown on an uprising that killed more than 9,100 people.
But Moscow has strongly supported Annan´s plan and urged Assad to
take the first step to end bloodshed, which the Syrian leader pledged
to do from April 10.
Observers say Lavrov´s comments may be intended to pressure Assad,
who has ramped up his year-long onslaught on rebels and protest
centers ahead of the looming cease-fire date.
A total of 92 people were killed yesterday in Syria. The
revolutionary coordination committees announced the figure, saying
that the heaviest casualties were in the cities of Homs, Idlib and
The total includes six families, including nine children and six
women. Meanwhile there were violent clashes at dawn today between the
security forces of Assad and Free Syrian Army insurgents in Douma,
near Damascus, where the regime sent big reinforcements earlier this
Local coordination committees in the Damascus area said that
explosions and bursts of machine gun fire are shaking the suburb,
which lies just 9 miles away from key government buildings, from
which rise several columns of smoke are rising.
There were also reports from across Syria that Assad´s forces were
firebombing houses in towns known for rebel sympathies.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/05/12)
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