28 sep

Christof Lehmann – UN Security Council adopts Resolution on Syria unanimously

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution on international control over and the destruction of Syria´s chemical weapons. The resolution also stresses that non-state actors who have used or use chemical weapons in Syria and state actors supporting them must be held accountable.
Members ot the Security Council vote on the resolution. UN Photo-Mark GartenAfter the Security Council unanimously adopted UNSC Resolution 2118 (2013), UN Secretary General Ban Kyi-moon called the resolution the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time, and stressed that the resolution aims at holding the Geneva 2 conference as soon as possible.

The Russian Foreign Minister emphasized that the text of UNSC Resolution 2118 (2013) had not been passed under the UN Charter´s Chapter VII nor did it allow for coercive measures.

Open Questions. Statements by respectively John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov underline that there are great differences with regards to their understanding of what consequences non-compliance would or should have to have. While the Russian Foreign Minister stressed that no military action would be possible without renewed debates at the Security Council, and on the basis of evidence, Secretary of State Kerry gives the impression that military consequences are understood as a given fact in the case of non-compliance.

voiceofrussia.com – UN aims to hold international peace conference on Syria in mid-November

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday Moscow time the international community aims to hold an international peace conference on Syria in mid-November, the UN News Centre said. ”The United Nations is ready to host Geneva-2,” the UN chief was quoted as saying.

Press TV – Syria envoy welcomes UNSC resolution

Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari has welcomed a resolution adopted by the UN Security Council to eliminate chemical weapons in the country, saying it covers most of Damascus’ concerns.
Speaking to reporters after the UN Security Council meeting on Friday, he called on Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France and the United States to abide by the resolution and stop supporting militants fighting in Syria.
Ja’afari added that the countries supporting the militants should be held accountable if they continued arming them.
You can’t bring terrorists from all over the world and send them into Syria in the name of jihad and then pretend that you are working for peace,” he said.
The envoy added that Damascus was ”fully committed” to taking part at a proposed November peace conference in Geneva aimed at ending the unrest in the country.

rt.com – Russia made sure UNSC Syria resolution leaves no loopholes for use of force – Lavrov

rt.com – No country can usurp right to judge chemical weapons use – Lavrov

plenglish.com – Russia Gives U.S. Evidence on Use of Sarin by Syrian Opposition

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov handed over to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry information about the involvement of Syrian opposition in the chemical attack with sarin gas on August 21 near Damascus.
Lavrov told The Washington Post that there is evidence that proves the same nature of the chemical agent used in the attacks in Aleppo and on the outskirts of Damascus on March 19.
Asked about the issue, the head of Russian diplomacy reaffirmed that there is ”very good evidence that ratifies the responsibility of the Syrian armed groups in the events”.
He explained that during a meeting on Wednesday, he had handed over to Kerry a compilation of evidence that, he noted, are not revolutionary at all and are accessible on the internet.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights i London är ju inte precis någon oberoende och tillförlitlig källa, men t.o.m. siffror därifrån visar att den grupp som har flest dödade under Syrien-krisen är syriska armén – antiwar.com – Most Reported Deaths in Syria Have Not Been Committed by Assad Forces

Al-Hamwi: Commission of Inquiry Report on Syria Biased and Selective

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Dr. Faisal al-Hamwi slammed the new international Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on Syria as biased and selective.
”We have been presented today with a new draft resolution that is biased and selective, whose patrons have rebuffed every overture for cooperation and constructive contribution offered them by the delegations…a resolution that has overstepped the jurisdiction of the the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the UN Security Council and a number of humanitarian organizations,” Dr. al-Hamwi said.

Press TV – Syria FSA militants declare war on al-Qaeda linked ISIL

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