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Syria Failing To Follow Peace Proposal (Video)

Syria Failing To Follow Peace Proposal (Video)

A cease-fire has been in effect since April 12 in Syria but there have still been daily reports of killings throughout the country. In a report on Wednesday, Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations Secretary General, said that Syria has failed to implement almost every aspect of the six-point peace plan. The U.N. is holding two high-level meetings today, April 19, to consider sending 300 unarmed cease-fire observers to Syria for at least three months and also to discuss the “viability” of the observer mission, given the Syrian regime’s failure to adhere to the peace deal proposed in previous weeks by Kofi Annan, the special envoy from the U.N. and the Arab League.

Activists report that the government has continued to shell neighborhoods believed to house rebels in the battered city of Hom. The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad has rejected a request by the advance party of 30 military U.N. observers to visit Homs.

Syria’s foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, has said that the number of observers should be limited to no more than 250 and that they should all come from “neutral” countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — namely, the countries that have supported Assad’s government or criticized international efforts to isolate Syria. He also said that observers would have to rely on Syria’s military if they wished to use helicopters. Susan E. Rice, the American ambassador to the U.N., emphasized that the observers needed to have complete “freedom of movement.”

Ban’s letter also described an episode during the observers’ visit to Arbeen, a suburb of Damascus. Anti-government demonstrators surrounded the two white vehicles the observers were traveling in. A video showed one man asking pointed questions about whether the Syrian government has followed the peace plan. “They have come to see whether the tanks have pulled out or not?” the man asked; the crowd shouted “no!” back.

Both sides have said they remain committed to Annan’s peace proposal, despite what Ban said has been the “incomplete” stop to violence both on the part of the Syrian regime and of the armed opposition. The “Friends of Syria,” including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Western and Arab leaders, will be meeting in Paris to discuss how to further put pressure on Assad’s regime.

Sheila Lyall Grant and Huberta Voss-Whittig, the wives of the British and German ambassadors to the U.N., have released a video addressed to Assad’s wife, Asma al-Assad, calling on her to demand that her husband end the violence that has taken the lives of over 9,000. “Some women struggle for their image and some women struggle for survival,” says the video, which juxtaposes glamorous images of the Syrian First Lady that appeared in a February 2011 issue of Vogue magazine with graphic photos of wounded children or their corpses.

The Assads have been shown on Syrian state television packing food aid and “dressed down,” in what seems to be an attempt to revise the image of them ordering luxury goods while Syrians have been starving, wounded and dying in the violence that has been going on for over a year.

 

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6:37AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

Still not a word about Bahrain, despite the death of a protester and a virtual prison camp in the capital.

10:10PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Our government officials and their masters can careless about the pain and suffering of Americans, let alone the plight of people abroad. Unfortunately, John, they only care about their bottom line.

7:05PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Thank you Marina J

I am heartened that more and more people seem to be seeing through the lies we are told. Syria has to fall to open the way to Iran, which is why the KSA and Qatar, who both hate Iran, are funding and directing the insurrection they are paying for and arming. Syria captured Qatari special forces in Homs - they didn't get out in time after Russia sent counter terrorism experts to Syria and Homs was recaptured far more quickly than the outside agitators thought it would be. And a bonus is that a weakened Syria will lose the Jolan Heights to the Zionist Entity for ever.

6:24PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

I agree with you John D.
This is nothing but cheap propaganda. There is nothing more annoying than to see our puppet media spread the lies our puppeteers order them to spread. They hand-pick the countries they want to so-called democratize. In Mexico, the annual death rate is just as high, if not higher due to the drug war. Thousands of innocent people, who are not involved at all in the drug business, are shot annually, but our “democratic, human rights loving” country has no criticism for their puppet Calderon, nor do they have it for Ruanda’s president Paul Kagame, and neither are they too concerned about the thousands of starving Africans in Somalia and other African countries. Secretary, H. Clinton and the rest of our US government certainly have a selective heart and vision. They feel and see only what makes economic sense to our puppeteers.

9:36AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

This article above is just more propaganda from Kristina C.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/04/20124205450665775.html

US calls for tough action against Syria

Secretary of State Clinton urges Security Council to adopt arms embargo, even as Syria agrees to terms for UN observers.


"The US has called on the UN Security Council to adopt an arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria to try to halt 13 months of bloodshed.

"Addressing the so-called Friends of Syria group in Paris on Thursday, Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, stopped short of calling for outside military intervention, but said it was time to impose more consequential measures on President Bashar al-Assad if his country failed to abide by a peace plan drafted by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan".

In the meantime, Clinton is silent about Bahrain. It's sickening, just as is Care2's loathsome one-sided reports on Syria:--

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/04/201242073436819990.html

Clashes in Bahrain ahead of F1 race
Violence comes as protesters threaten to disrupt this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix with "days of rage".

9:32AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

This article above is just more propaganda from Kristina C.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/04/20124205450665775.html

US calls for tough action against Syria

Secretary of State Clinton urges Security Council to adopt arms embargo, even as Syria agrees to terms for UN observers.


"The US has called on the UN Security Council to adopt an arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria to try to halt 13 months of bloodshed.

"Addressing the so-called Friends of Syria group in Paris on Thursday, Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, stopped short of calling for outside military intervention, but said it was time to impose more consequential measures on President Bashar al-Assad if his country failed to abide by a peace plan drafted by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan".

In the meantime, Clinton is silent about Bahrain. It's sickening, just as is Care2's loathsome one-sided reports on Syria:--

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/04/201242073436819990.html

Clashes in Bahrain ahead of F1 race
Violence comes as protesters threaten to disrupt this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix with "days of rage".

9:19AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

I hope this gets sorted out soon...it's very worrying to the world and the people that are victimised in the country.

8:30AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Perhaps sufficient evidence for Russia and the allies that chose to trust to change their tune?

7:26AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

thanks for the info not surprised

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