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Syrians protest against Russian veto on UN resolution

Friday, February 10, 2012

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Tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets Friday to protest Russia and its recent veto of a United Nations resolution that would have condemned a brutal crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad.

The “Russia Is Killing Our Children” protest, organized by anti-government opposition groups, follows reports that troops in tanks stormed a suburb of the besieged city of Homs.

Syria’s third-largest city has become a flashpoint in the nearly yearlong uprising.As anti-government protests escalate, Russia, a Soviet-era ally of the al-Assad regime, said it appears there is evidence of a foreign military presence in Syria.

“According to the latest reports that are now being verified, a foreign special task force has been deployed in Syria. In case these reports are proved to be true, the scenarios will be absolutely the same as it was in Libya,” Alexei Puskhov, chairman of Russia’s lower house of parliament, told journalists, according to the state-run Itar-Tass news agency.


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Russian politician accuses West of taking sides in Syria


The Chairman of the Committee for International Affairs of the Russian State Duma (the parliament’s lower house) Alexey Pushkov has accused Western media of what he described as “information diversions” against Syria.

Mr. Pushkov made this statement on Friday, when the Duma was working on a document which outlined its position on the situation in Syria.

“The West is obviously taking the side of the Syrian opposition and is trying to oust Syria’s current President Bashar al-Assad,” the Russian politician said.

“In reality, Western “adherents of democracy” care little about the future of the Syrian people, like they cared little about the future of Libyans,” he added.




Russia opposed to using UNSC for interference in Syria


Russia is opposed to attempts to use the UN Security Council as an instrument of interference in the internal affairs of Syria.

This came in a statement by Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who is currently in Colombia on a visit. He said that Russia does not work as a lawyer for President Bashar al-Assad, but just seeks to ensure conditions for an intra-Syrian dialogue.

According to the diplomat, the draft resolution that Russia and China blocked on February 4th was an attempt to use the international authority to overthrow the Assad government.

Russia sees this as unacceptable since the UN Security Council should clearly not decide on the sequence of Cabinets in different countries.

What Moscow is after is that the resolution should not make unilateral demands that it is only the Syrian government that should cease fire, which would enable the opposition to grab power in Syrian regions.

If our foreign partners fail to understand this, we will have to again and again resort to forceful measures to bring them back to reality, Ryabkov said.



Syria opposition to attend Arab, EU meetings


Syria’s opposition is to hold talks with Arab nations and the European Union to try to stop government forces from attacking the central city of Homs.

Human rights activists say nearly 100 people a day were killed by government troops in Homs on Wednesday and Thursday, most of them civilians.

The military has continued pounding the city with tanks and rockets since last Friday. Homs now faces a crisis, as it lacks food and medical supplies.

Syrian forces have also been stepping up their offensive on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

A member of the opposition forces told NHK that they will attend meetings with Arab and EU nations, scheduled for this weekend and next week.

Since a resolution on Syria was vetoed at the UN Security Council earlier this month, the Syrian opposition has increased contacts with international organizations and governments of other countries, hoping to find relief.




Libya decides to expel Syrian diplomats


CAIRO, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) — Libyan Foreign Ministry on Thursday announced its decision to expel the Syrian ambassador in Damascus, adding that it expects all Syrian diplomats to leave the country within the next 72 hours.





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