Syria: Ban Ki-Moon recommends a withdrawal of UN observers in Damascus

Saturday, July 7th, 2012 2:42:40 by

The UN Secretary General has recommended the UN mission in Syria to be redirected from a more political to a small military component

In a report released while a hundred Western and Arab countries are meeting in the conference of Friends of the Syrian People in Paris, Mr. Ban wants to “maximise the capabilities of the UN mission in Syria to facilitate a political dialogue” between Syrian
opposition and Syrian regime and plans to redeploy the mission to the capital (Damascus) in order to minimise risks.

The Security Council must take a decision on the future of the 300 people strong Misnus before July 20. Russia and China want the mission to remain in place but the United States and European members of the Security Council question the value of keeping
observers in Syria where there is no cease-fire. This issue will be discussed at the Security Council next Wednesday.

Meanwhile in Paris, the participants at the press conference of Friends of Syria have called on the Security Council to adopt a resolution under Chapter VII, thus paving the way for sanctions or even the use of force against those who violate the text.

“Assad needs to go. That’s what his people want. It is in the interest of Syria, its neighbours and anyone who wants peace in the region,” said French PM, Francois Hollande.

US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton has asked UN to form a resolution for the political transition in Syria and at the same time, has accused Beijing and Moscow of blocking the process.

Faced with a lot of criticism, Russian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Ryabkov has ‘categorically’ rejected the idea that Russia is supporting the Syrian regime.

The conference has also decided to “massively increase assistance to the opposition”, by providing means of communication.

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