Putin Warns of Dangerous Situation in Syria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 06/02/12)
INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS
INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Articles-Index-Top
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Friday of an “extremely
dangerous” situation in Syria and emerging signs of a civil war, but
continued to reject a military intervention.
Amid mounting pressure for Moscow to drop its resistance to tougher
UN action on Syria, Putin met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
and had arrived in Paris for talks with French President Francois
AFP reported that in Berlin, Putin appeared to strike a more
conciliatory tone, warning of the escalating danger from the Syrian
conflict and refraining from openly backing President Bashar al-
“Today we are seeing emerging elements of civil war,” Putin was
quoted as having said after arriving in Berlin. “It is extremely
At the same time, he also continued to defy calls for tougher UN
action to stop the violence, warning at a joint press conference with
Merkel, “You cannot do anything by force and expect an immediate
AFP reported that Putin hit back at suggestions Moscow was supplying
weapons for use in the internal conflict, after the United States
condemned Russian arms deliveries to Syria as “reprehensible.”
“As far as arms supplies are concerned, Russia does not supply the
weapons that could be used in a civil conflict,” Putin told reporters.
He added that Russia, Germany and their partners would do their
utmost to stop the violence from escalating and help UN-Arab League
envoy Kofi Annan, who has brokered a peace plan for Syria,
achieve “positive results.”
“We both made clear that we are pushing for a political solution,
that the Annan plan can be a starting point but that everything must
be done in the United Nations Security Council to implement this
plan,” Merkel was quoted as having said.
Putin said Moscow was not taking sides in the deadly strife rocking
Syria, where the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
says 13,000 people have been killed since Assad´s regime launched a
brutal crackdown on the opposition in March last year.
“There is a need to find a convergence of these interests and have
them sit down at a negotiating table,” he said. “That´s the direction
we are going to work in.”
Meanwhile on Friday, the UN Human Rights Council called for an
investigation into the killing of more than 100 civilians in the
Houla region of Syria, and condemned Syria for the massacre.
The world´s top human rights body, met on Friday in emergency
session - the fourth time it has done so to discuss Syria since the
uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.
In the vote, 41 members voted in favor of the resolution condemning
Syria, while Russia, China and Cuba voted against it. Two other
countries abstained and one was absent.
The resolution also specifies that there should be an “international,
transparent, independent and prompt investigation” into the massacre.
On Thursday, Syria blamed up to 800 rebel fighters for the massacre
in Houla. The accusations starkly contradicted accounts of witnesses
cited by UN investigators who blamed “shabiha”, the gunmen who
operate on behalf of President Bashar Assad´s regime, for the
massacre in the Houla region. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/02/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY