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Many Syria solutions but little agreement in out-of-sync UN

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has pleaded for a divided Security Council to “pull back from the brink of a deeper catastrophe” over Syria. But as war continues to tear apart the Middle Eastern country, diplomatic unity is nowhere to be found.
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­With the US, Europe and most Arab states on one side, and Russia and China on the other, during the ministerial meeting of the council, Western diplomats tried to appeal to more than political interest. Germany’s foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, asked the two countries for “humanitarian solidarity… with the people in Syria … who do nothing else but ask for freedom and human rights,”
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After 40 years of rule by the Assad family, parts of Syria rebelled a year ago. The ongoing violence has cost thousands of lives, and on Monday Ban Ki-moon laid the blame clearly at the door of President Bashar Assad, accusing him of the use of “disproportionate force” against his own citizens.
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The secretary general urged the sides to pass a united resolution condemning the Assad regime. Russia and China, who have the power of veto in the Security Council, rejected a proposed resolution, branding it “unbalanced.”
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The problem for the West is that Russia and China refuse to see the conflict in clear-cut moral terms.
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From the start of the conflict Russia has shied away from accusing Assad of being the sole perpetrator of internal violence. On Monday, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that Assad’s regime is up against “combat units of the so-called Free Syrian Army and extremist groups, including Al- Qaeda, which have committed a string of bloody terrorist acts recently,”
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Russia and China also fear that any UN resolution passed ostensibly to protect the rights of ordinary Syrians could pave the way for foreign-orchestrated regime change in the country. Lavrov accused the West of using the pretext of establishing a “no-fly zone” in a previous UN resolution to carry out “mass air strikes” on Libya last year. Referring to the impact of Libya on any future resolution, Lavrov stated that “Whatever the goals are, they cannot be achieved by misleading the international community and manipulating UN Security Council decisions,”

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­Cairo Solution
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Although the views of the Security Council’s various members might never coalesce, the solution may be a pragmatic compromise.

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Sergey Lavrov met with the staunchly anti-Assad League of Arab States in Cairo over the weekend.
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After a tense meeting, the sides emerged with a five-point short-term plan for Syria. Its main conditions were the violence must stop immediately, no foreign countries will intervene in the conflict, and a mission by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan must play a central role in resolving the stand-off.
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The plan has been welcomed by China and on Monday Syria’s ambassador in Moscow also hailed the initiative.
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With such backing Annan visited Syria over the weekend, but did not leave with concrete promises to stop the violence. Nevertheless, the special envoy said he was “optimistic of a resolution.”
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Meanwhile, Sergey Lavrov and Hillary Clinton are expected to hold a bilateral discussion on Syria in New York late on Monday.
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­‘NATO reluctant to get involved in Syria’
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­Alistair Dawber, foreign editor at the Independent newspaper, believes that a number of negotiations, including some that involve the Arab League, are possibly taking place at the UN Security Council on how to resolve the Syrian crisis.
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“But I think NATO is very reluctant to get involved in Syria, not least because it will be a hugely difficult conflict, much more difficult than Libya,” he told RT “And, of course, the criticism that NATO has come under after the Libyan conflict has been pretty harsh”.
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Dawber admitted that the downfall of the Assad regime could have a destabilizing effect, but also noted that “the risks of what follows Assad is certainly one thing, but it’s quite arguable to suggest that the risk that he stays as the incumbent is even greater”, as the analyst considers Assad to be the aggressor in the conflict.

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US, Russia talk on Syria

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The US Secretary of State and Russia’s Foreign Minister have called for an immediate end to the violence in Syria. But it is still uncertain whether the deadlock on a UN resolution will break.

Hillary Clinton and Sergei Lavrov met after attending a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Monday.

The bilateral talks came after former UN chief and special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan failed to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to halt the violent crackdown against the people.

Clinton later called on Russia to join Western countries in voting on a resolution that would allow humanitarian activities in Syria.

Lavrov said stopping the violence is the most important thing for the Syrian people. He emphasized Russia’s efforts to cooperate with other nations.

He also warned that the conflict will escalate if foreign troops intervene and demand Assad step down.

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