Facing little or no progress on his latest plan to stem the violence in Syria, UN envoy Kofi Annan said in an interview Saturday that the efforts so far have failed and that foreign meddling in the conflict has worsened the violence.
In a meeting in Geneva last week called by Annan, world powers reportedly discussed a plan for a political transition in Syria in which a unity government would be formed according to a democratic process and could include members of the present regime as well as opposition. So far, the plan has gone nowhere.
Annan also said Saturday that, while Russia has received a lot of criticism for continuing to back the violent President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, “very few things are said about other countries that send arms and money and weigh on the situation on the ground,” without naming any specific countries.
UN rights chief Navi Pillay last week condemned the continued flow of weapons from foreign powers to both sides in the Syrian conflict. “The ongoing provision of arms to the Syrian government and to its opponents feeds additional violence,” she said in the text of remarks made to the Security Council. “Any further militarization of the conflict must be avoided at all costs.”
Foreign meddling on behalf of all sides has been instrumental in prolonging the conflict by emboldening both sides and making a political settlement more remote. While Russia and Iran continue to support the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the US and its allies in Europe and the Persian Gulf states continue to aid and weaponize the Syrian rebels.
The support has continued even though outside powers are well aware that both sides in the conflict have committed serious atrocities and human rights abuses and despite the fact that experts have repeatedly said such policies are worsening the conflict.
James Dobbins, director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center and a former US assistant secretary of state told NPR recently, “the external environment in which sides are providing arms to both of the contending parties—all of that suggests that the situation’s going to continue to deteriorate.”
10 thoughts on “UN Envoy Annan Says Peace Efforts in Syria Have Failed, Condemns Foreign Meddling”
I find it interesting that Russia always gets the brunt of the criticism for blocking "regime change," but the west never says anything about China who's standing shoulder to shoulder with Russia.
I wonder why……….?
More BS and nincompoopary on "all sides"….
In conclusion, I will end with this 'youtube' video…
Most will not 'understand' this in the first place…and most will bastardize what was said…I'm sure of this…but it is what it is…
The fate of the Syrian people is irrelevant to the West – they want Russia expelled from Tartus, the establishment of US bases and the dismemberment of civil society c. f. Iraq, Libya, Palestine to make it easier to loot whatever resources and assets Syria has.
Reporting that Anan's effort failed but hiding that USA does not stop their killers is war mongering.
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The Syrian Arab news agency SANA is hard to reach lately, obviously under DDoS-attacks by global enemies of free speech, just like Mein Parteibuch was shot down by th global arrogance forces fighting free speech, liberty and freedom. To make important news messages from SANA available though SANA is under DDoS Mein Parteibuch will syndicate selected internationally important English language SANA news
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So, Russia gets a name check, but Annan's masters are left anonymous. Pretty much the definition of being a tool. But that was pretty well known about Annan since his days as US Tool-In-Chief at the UN.
GeriatrikSk8r, thank you for your excellent appraisal of Kofi Annan. Both Kofi Annan and UN Rights Chief Navi Pillay would lose jobs if they spelled out the truth.
Prosed Libya scenario did not succed… there goes plan "B". More US, UK, Israels weapons for rebels, gangs and criminal groups payed by Saudi, UAE etc…..Massacres of civilians will increase to mount "brainwashed population" anger against Russia and China….while Palestine people will "quitely continue"go dying, slotered, striped of their land, basic human rights, but Hitlary Clinton will say nothing…
We knew that peace efforts will fail even before CIA got extensively involved.
Both sides? As far as I know each country has its military and police to have enough firepower in case somebody decides to use weapons to start a revolution, instead of using peacefull political means. As far as I know, Syrian government is not acting any different any Western government would, should armed militants start taking over neighborhoods. And there is absolutely no rule anywhwere that prohibits a govenrment from responding if fired upon.
This whole situation is ABSURD. I am afraid that the leadership in State Department has gone bonkers, and just cannot differentiate any more beweeen a leader and a bully. We are supposed to lead, and that means behaving better then anybody else. But we seem to be taking a choice a school bully takes, and just go after the weak. When prevented in his designs, the fury and the noise is undescribable.
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