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Russia proposes sending UN envoy to Syria

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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 Arab League envoy rejects military action against Syria 

Vitaly Churkin. Photo: EPA  

Moscow has urged the United Nations to send a special envoy to Syria to coordinate security issues and the delivery of humanitarian aid, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.

The country’s ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said earlier that Russia would put forward new humanitarian initiatives on Syria. “…this international body should help solve humanitarian issues in Syria, now that Damascus has allowed the Red Cross to bring humanitarian aid to some regions”, Mr. Churkin said.

Meanwhile, anti-government protests continue throughout Syria, with casualties reported both among the military and civilians.

Damascus says more than 2,000 army and police officers have been killed since the unrest began nearly a year ago.



Arab League envoy rejects military action against Syria


MOSCOW, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) — Neither Syrian opposition groups nor international powers want foreign military intervention in Syria, the Arab League (AL) envoy to Russia Giuma al-Ferjani said Monday.

“Nobody in the Arab world, nobody in the Arab League, nobody on the Syrian side, (including) opposition parties in Syria, are willing to have military interventions in Syria,” the envoy told RIA Novosti news agency in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

“All of us are against it,” he added.

Ferjani said it is a “duty” of the AL and the international community to avoid such an intervention and find a peaceful solution to the crisis.

However, the envoy stressed “radical changes” are needed for the Syrian authority.

The envoy noted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may get immunity if the authorities “respond positively” to appeals of the AL and Syrian opposition.

“Now, this possibility (immunity) could be reached, but I think a few months later, it will be impossible to reach it,” he said.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on last Friday expressed regret with the UN General Assembly’s vote over a draft resolution on Syria, calling it “obviously biased.”

Moscow has reiterated its demands to all sides in Syria to stop violence immediately, not to allow outside involvement, and to start national dialogue about reform of the country’s political system.



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