Annan Quits as Syria Mediator, as US Authorizes Covert Support

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 9:35 am

Kofi Annan has stepped down as the international crisis mediator for the UN on Syria, in an acknowledgement that without unity on the Security Council, nothing will be done at an international level. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is stepping down as the U.N.-Arab League mediator in the 17-month-old Syria conflict at the end of [...]

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 [...]

Western Nations Expel Syrian Envoys

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 8:56 am

The US has expelled Syria’s top diplomat in Washington, just one of many Western countries to throw out Syrian envoys after the Houla massacre. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. holds “the Syrian government responsible for this slaughter of innocent lives.” Earlier Tuesday, numerous other western countries, including Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Syria to Really, Really Implement Peace Plan Next Week

By: Monday April 2, 2012 12:55 pm

The Syrian regime, after agreeing to a cease-fire with protesters, announced today that they would really, truly get around to enforcing the cease-fire in eight days. Syria has agreed to a 10 April deadline to begin implementing a six-point peace plan, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has said, according to diplomats. The plan calls for [...]

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 [...]

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