Russia Hints at Giving Up on Syria

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 1:38 pm

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s continued survival is predicated on their Russian patrons to a large extent. So this shift from Moscow is really a crushing blow: Russia will cease deliveries of arms and fighter planes to Syria until the situation in the country stabilises, an official said yesterday, a move that would ratchet up pressure [...]

UN Mission in Syria Showing Signs of Faltering

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 1:33 pm

Syria has helpfully asked the UN for more monitors – but no more than 250 in a country of over 20 million – to observe the cease-fire taking place in the embattled country. They even offered their own air support, so no need for independent aircraft to aid mobility for the observers! I think today’s [...]

Syrian Cease-Fire Tenuous, Fragile

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 8:15 am

I think it would be a mistake to look at the tenuous success from the first day of a cease-fire in Syria and pronounce the cease-fire solved. In fact, the government isn’t honoring the cease-fire. It included a provision to have the regime pull back their security forces from the major cities. They have not [...]

Syria Cease-Fire Nearly Dead, As Three Die in Cross-Border Violence

By: Monday April 9, 2012 8:55 am

The main point I wanted to get across in this post was that the idea that Syria would agree to a UN-brokered cease-fire was really wishful thinking. And sure enough, over the weekend, the Syrian regime figured out an excuse to stop implementation of the cease-fire. They simply added an additional demand, seeking written guarantees [...]

US Ambassador to Syria Releases Satellite Images Showing No Pullout of Regime Forces

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 8:52 am

Like many times in the past, the claims of the Syrian government that they ended the fighting in advance of a cease-fire have been proven wrong. The opposition Local Coordinating Committees report that civilians have been targeted in recent days, including ones displaced from their homes. Idlib province has been shelled, with small villages and [...]

Syria Cease-Fire Occurring Without the Cease-Fire Part

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 1:37 pm

It is not going to be fun watching Kofi Annan get increasingly exasperated over the next week. Annan, the former UN Secretary-General, delivered a cease-fire agreement in the Syrian uprising, to which the Assad regime signed off. However, ever since the signing, the violence has continued, including today, with renewed assaults by military forces on [...]

Annan Claims to Have Brokered Cease-Fire in Syria

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 9:35 am

Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General sent as an envoy to negotiate a peace process in Syria, claims to have gotten Syria to accept his terms. Syria has accepted a ceasefire and peace plan drawn up by U.N. and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan, his spokesman said on Tuesday, even as Syrian troops [...]

Zuma Unsuccessful in Negotiating Libya Cease-Fire, Gadhafi Exit

By: Tuesday May 31, 2011 6:15 am

Any hopes that South African President Jacob Zuma would be able to mediate a resolution to the Libyan civil war have apparently gone by the boards after his one-day visit. Zuma did meet with Moammar Gadhafi, and said that Gadhafi was ready to implement the African Union “roadmap” accompanying a cease-fire. But while that plan [...]

Libya Cease-Fire Offer Regarded Coldly By West

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 1:47 pm

The UK Independent had the story first, that the Libyan regime planned to offer multiple concessions to stop the bombing. The Independent has obtained a copy of a letter from the country’s Prime Minister, Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, being sent to a number of foreign governments. It proposes an immediate ceasefire to be monitored by the United [...]

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