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PA to Ask Arab League to Convene Peace Conference

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

According to an AFP report, PA President Mahmoud Abbas will ask the Arab League on Sunday to hold a peace conference.

“Among other proposals, we will ask the Arab League’s monitoring committee to convene an international peace conference on the Palestinian issue,” said an official in Abbas’ delegation to Cairo.

Russian FM: Assad ‘Completely Committed’ to Ending the Violence

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Following his meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the embattled leader is willing to accept an expanded Arab League mission to Syria and is “completely committed” to ending the violence that has thrown his country into tumult.

“The president of Syria assured us he was completely committed to the task of stopping violence regardless of where it may come from,” Interfax quoted Lavrov as saying.

UN Security Council Debates: Syria

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The UN Security Council has been engaging in contentious debate over a draft resolution concerning the ongoing strife in Syria.

The resolution, based on the contours of an Arab League plan calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and make way for a new unity government, has also increased tensions between the US and Syrian’s patron, Russia.

Russia has been steadfast in its intentions to veto the Western-Arab draft resolution unless it has language that unequivocally rules out military intervention in Syria. The draft “is missing the most important thing: a clear clause ruling out the possibility that the resolution could be used to justify military intervention in Syrian affairs from outside. For this reason I see no chance this draft could be adopted,” said Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s ambassador to the European Union.

“We all have a choice,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in comments before the Security Council, “stand with the people of Syria and the region or become complicit in the continuing violence there.”

Russia and China vetoed a resolution last fall condemning the Assad regime, and Russia continues to supply Syria with military equipment despite Western calls to halt such transfers.

Western diplomats would like to see a Security Council vote take place this week, but the impending Russian veto figures heavily into their calculus.

Syria on the Brink: Arab League Suspends Mission, Shifts Focus to UN

Monday, January 30th, 2012

In the wake of the Arab League’s suspension of its observer mission to Syria, the UN Security Council will begin deliberations on a draft resolution this week calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign and transfer power.

The Arab League’s mission was tasked with ensuring that Assad’s regime was abiding by an agreement with the Arab League to end violence against anti-government protesters. The mission was suspended Sunday after a particularly brutal weekend of government violence that resulted in the deaths of approximately 200 civilians.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby is in New York to deliver the mission’s findings to the Security Council, but even the support and encouragement of the 22-nation Arab alliance will not ensure the passage of a harsh resolution, as Russia and China continue to obstruct any meaningful progress in halting government violence.

Last October, Russia and China both vetoed a resolution that would have condemned the regime for the violence engulfing Syria. While this latest draft resolution does not include sanctions, it has more bite because it calls for a transfer of power.

Russia, Syria’s patron and main ally, continues to supply Syria with weapons despite calls from the West to halt weapons transfers. It has also proposed an alternative UN resolution that assigns equal blame to Assad and the dissidents.

Syria scorned the new draft resolution, with its UN ambassador, Bashar Ja’afari, quoted as saying “Syria will not be Libya; Syria will not be Iraq; Syria will not be Somalia; Syria will not be a failing state.”

It is estimated that over 5,000 people have died since March 2011, when the regime launched a crackdown against dissidents.

 

Russia Blasts Arab League Decision to Pull Observers

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Russia on Sunday lambasted the Arab League’s decision to suspend its observer mission in Syria after another deadly crackdown on anti-government dissidents.

“We are surprised that after a decision was taken on prolonging the observers’ mission for another month, some countries, particularly Persian Gulf countries, recalled their observers from the mission.”

Reports estimate that the death toll in the recent government crackdown has exceeded 210.

Arab League Suspends Mission in Syria; Syria Condemns

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The Syrian government has condemned the Arab League decision to suspend its monitoring mission in Syria.

The Arab League decision comes in light of the sharp increase in violence over the weekend, with upwards of 40 people reported killed by government forces.

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution on Syria, but has to contend with veto-wielding Syria-backers Russia and China. An Arab League delegation will address Security Council members this week in attempts to lobby for harsh measures against the Syrian regime.
 

Arab League to Assad: Step Down

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

The Arab League has called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to hand over power to his deputy and join a national unity government that would prepare the country for new elections and a new constitution.
Syria rejected the proposal, which an official government response called “a violation of its sovereignty and flagrant interference in its internal affairs”.
Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo issued the proposal on Sunday, also agreeing to extend by one month the mandate of their observer mission to Syria. The mission was meant to oversee implementation of a cease-fire agreement between Assad and rebels fighting government troops, but has seen an increase in violence instead.
On Monday, five government soldiers were reported killed and more than a dozen others wounded in an attack by rebels in the city of Homs. Observers said that eight civilians were killed by government troops across the country as well. The death toll in the nearly year-long pro-democracy protests against the Assad regime is estimated to be well 5,400 now, with no signs of the violence abating.
The Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo said that, if Assad does not accept their national unity government proposal, they will ask the United Nations to step in and end the crisis.

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