Syria crisis: Russia circulates surprise UN resolution

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  1. pmaitra

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    15 December 2011 Last updated at 17:28 ET

    Syria crisis: Russia circulates surprise UN resolution


    Russia has circulated a UN Security Council resolution aimed at ending the crisis in Syria, in a move that surprised the Western nations.

    The draft condemns the violence by both Syria's government and the opposition, but does not mention sanctions.

    Western nations said the proposal was not tough enough, but that they were prepared to work on the document.

    The West has been pushing the council to act on Syria for months, but Russia - and China - vetoed such proposals.

    In the latest violence in Syria, 27 security forces members were reportedly killed by army deserters.

    The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths occurred in the southern province of Deraa.

    International journalists face severe restrictions on their movements in Syria, and it is hard to verify reports.

    The UN believes more than 5,000 people have died in seven months of unrest, which the government of President Bashar al-Assad blames on armed gangs.

    Clinton hopes

    Russia circulated the draft resolution among the other 14 UN Security Council members on Thursday.

    Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the document urged an end to the violence, but did not mention any sanctions.

    The draft demands that "all parties" in Syria stop violence.

    But it also includes a new reference to "disproportionate use of force by Syrian authorities", in what is seen by some analysts as toughening of Moscow's position towards Damascus.

    The document also "urges the Syrian government to put an end to suppression of those exercising their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association".

    Western diplomats said the current draft did not fully reflect the gravity of the human rights situation in Syria, but added that they would negotiate on the text.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that "there are some issues in it that we would not be able to support".

    "There's unfortunately a seeming parity between the government and peaceful protesters and then other Syrians who are trying to defend themselves, but we are going to study the draft carefully."

    Mrs Clinton added: "Hopefully we can work with the Russians".

    The US and its European allies insist that the government in Damascus must bear primary responsibility for the violence.

    Russia accuses the West of trying to use the UN to force regime change in Syria.

    In October, Russia and China vetoed European draft resolution that contained a threat of sanctions.



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  3. asianobserve

    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

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    It's time Russia do something constructive rather than spoil every measure the UN does on the Syrian issue. But the proposal must be further strengthened. I wonder what China will do?
     
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    Russia doing something constructive is not as important as the West not doing something destructive.

    Probably support Russian position.
     
  5. W.G.Ewald

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    I would like to see an analysis on the effect of Assad's problems on the stranglehold Syria has had on Lebanon.
     
  6. asianobserve

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    Definitely, not good. It is bound to loosen up as Turkey (most important supporter of anti-Assad forces) is not so symphatetic with Iran (the most important patron of Hezbollah).
     
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    There must be a ceasefire first and then the talking.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Isn't it an interesting phenomenon that there has been public protestation in quite a few countries to include North Africa, Middle East, Pakistan, India and China?
     
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    Also US and Russia. Global phenomenon.
     
  10. sesha_maruthi27

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    The western countries think only war is the way out. But the RUSSIAN are trying it out in a peaceful manner which is not liked by the WEST. It is time that the world retaliated to the WESTERN AGGRESSION in its own way and gives the taste of its own medicine.
     
  11. asianobserve

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    Yeah, as if your Russian friends are paragon of World peace. They're just sour that they can't anymore tap their fingers and expect a change of regime somewhere in the World as a result. In fact they did not even manage to change the regime in Georgia despite going to war against it... :pound:
     
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    Russia must raise Bahrain issue in the UN .
     
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    India needs to help shia countries specially iran and support its mission abroad in supporting shia masses. this will give India a bargaining chip.
     
  14. Galaxy

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    So, Russia supports killing in Syria by Assad and his loyalist ??

    Around 100 died in last 1 week. Mystery death squads appear in Syria, kill more than 60 in Homs

    Around 5,000 died in last 9 months as per official data but number would be much bigger.

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    So, U.S./Nato should not intervene in Syria and leave as it is and let Assad Family and his supporters continue Killing of few hundred thousand more like they doing for last 40 years ?? Of course, People of Syria can't do anything there otherwise Assad won't able rule for last 40 years forcefully. Even Arab/Turkey and majority of so called Muslim country asking for attack & death penalty of Assad.

    Either U.S./Nato should allow this killing to continue or Stop now by intervening. In Either case, people will blame U.S. and everyone will ignore Syrian people decade old plead of Nato intervention.
     
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    At least the West has openly condemned violence in Bahrain and has called for more democratisation. Russia is doing none of these things in its few surviving protectorates (it cannot protect anymore) - but what do you expect, Russia is begging for protectorates to maintain an aura of superpower status (it's delluding itself), it is not in a position to lecture them.
     
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    On Indian prospective, We should support Iran, Bahrain people plead and Syrian government. 8)
     
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    I see. Refusal to learn from history or soap opera-like symphaties for second rate powers?
     
  18. The Messiah

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    Learn something about strategic interests.

    Why is your beloved usa negotiating with taliban then ?
     
  19. Param

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    If Russia was in the right position the West would be keeping its tail between its legs and not behave the way it is doing now.

    "condemning"??? Why not send some Nato panes like they did in Libya? Why not show the same ferocity and interest being shown in Syria?
     
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    Different countries different tactics (Syria is not Lybia)... the same objectives.
     
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    Oh well, constantly siding with losing parties is an excellent strategy... :pound:
     

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