(Image source: Al Jazeera)
 


BY CELIA MURRAY


Activist groups say more civilians have been brutally killed and tortured over the weekend in areas of Syria. This comes as the former Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Annan left the country after failed peace talks. The New York times has a closer look at the details,

“Activist groups said a dozen and possibly as many as 45 people, including children, died overnight. Activist videos posted online purported to attest to the killing and mutilation of children, and at least six dead adults were shown covered with sheets and blood-stained blankets.”

Reports are that more than one hundred civilians were killed this weekend alone. So far the UN has recorded more than 7,500 Syrian citizens killed by forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad. Annan had talks with Assad to try and promote a peaceful resolution. CNN’s Nic Robertson spoke about the effect he had.

NIC ROBERTSON: “Kofi Annan’s mission: to get a cease fire. Annan is the most senior diplomat yet to tell Assad to his face - ‘stop the killing’. It had no immediate impact.”

The UN’s security council is in lock down over these recent events. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are calling for a united action against the violence. However, as The Los Angeles Times reiterates, the biggest obstacle is other international powerhouses.

“Russia and China last month vetoed a U.S.-backed Security Council resolution that called on Assad to relinquish power. Russia is backing a new peace initiative that rules out foreign intervention in Syria and does not require that Assad cede power.”

Al Jazeera has the latest developments from the meetings of the UN Security Council:

“The United States, its European allies and the UN chief have slammed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad … Western nations also stepped up pleas to Russia and China ... to end their blockage on UN Security Council action... But Russia showed little sign of that it would change its stance at the meeting, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slamming ‘risky recipes’...”

And The Washington Post seems to think action by the U.S. will happen soon.

“The Obama administration and its allies and international partners have begun serious discussions about potential military involvement in Syria … Possibilities include directly arming opposition forces, sending troops to guard a humanitarian corridor or ‘safe zone’ for the rebels, or an air assault on Syrian air defenses, according to officials from the United States and other nations opposed to … Assad.”

 

 

Kofi Annan: Killings in Syria Must Stop

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Mar 12, 2012

Kofi Annan: Killings in Syria Must Stop

 

(Image source: Al Jazeera)
 


BY CELIA MURRAY


Activist groups say more civilians have been brutally killed and tortured over the weekend in areas of Syria. This comes as the former Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Annan left the country after failed peace talks. The New York times has a closer look at the details,

“Activist groups said a dozen and possibly as many as 45 people, including children, died overnight. Activist videos posted online purported to attest to the killing and mutilation of children, and at least six dead adults were shown covered with sheets and blood-stained blankets.”

Reports are that more than one hundred civilians were killed this weekend alone. So far the UN has recorded more than 7,500 Syrian citizens killed by forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad. Annan had talks with Assad to try and promote a peaceful resolution. CNN’s Nic Robertson spoke about the effect he had.

NIC ROBERTSON: “Kofi Annan’s mission: to get a cease fire. Annan is the most senior diplomat yet to tell Assad to his face - ‘stop the killing’. It had no immediate impact.”

The UN’s security council is in lock down over these recent events. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are calling for a united action against the violence. However, as The Los Angeles Times reiterates, the biggest obstacle is other international powerhouses.

“Russia and China last month vetoed a U.S.-backed Security Council resolution that called on Assad to relinquish power. Russia is backing a new peace initiative that rules out foreign intervention in Syria and does not require that Assad cede power.”

Al Jazeera has the latest developments from the meetings of the UN Security Council:

“The United States, its European allies and the UN chief have slammed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad … Western nations also stepped up pleas to Russia and China ... to end their blockage on UN Security Council action... But Russia showed little sign of that it would change its stance at the meeting, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slamming ‘risky recipes’...”

And The Washington Post seems to think action by the U.S. will happen soon.

“The Obama administration and its allies and international partners have begun serious discussions about potential military involvement in Syria … Possibilities include directly arming opposition forces, sending troops to guard a humanitarian corridor or ‘safe zone’ for the rebels, or an air assault on Syrian air defenses, according to officials from the United States and other nations opposed to … Assad.”

 

 

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