Security Council discusses ruling on Syria

Security Council discusses ruling on Syria

Damascus : Syria | Mar 21, 2012 at 1:29 AM PDT
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The Security Council should adopt a declaration of support today to the UN special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, who insists on ending the violence and start peaceful negotiations.

The 15 members of that body held two sessions yesterday closed-door discussions on a draft text submitted by France and that approval requires the consent of all.

The document is a statement of management support initiated by Annan two weeks ago in search of cessation of violence and the beginning of a dialogue for a peaceful settlement of Syrian crisis. (Statements of the Security Council are not binding, unlike the resolutions which are binding and require a majority of nine and no negative votes of the five permanent members for approval).

The draft under discussion on Wednesday endorsed all points of the proposal submitted 10 days ago by Annan to the government of Syria, including the establishment of a cessation of violence under the UN supervision.specifies that the ceasefire should be in all its forms and from all parts of the conflict to protect civilians, according to details revealed by diplomatic sources.

It also provides for suspension of troop movements, the end of heavy weapons fire and the beginning of military barracks concentrations in and around urban centers.But clear that these measures should be implemented first by the government and then the special envoy will seek similar commitments from all armed groups for ending the violence, also under UN supervision.

Other aspects of the Annan initiative have to do with the access of humanitarian aid to Syria, the release of prisoners, the entry of journalists into the country and guarantees for the rights of association and peaceful protest.

One of the most controversial paragraphs of the French text for a review of the progress of the six points of the Annan plan "within seven days" and the warning to "consider further steps." In this regard, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow yesterday supported the Annan mission, but said that the proposals contained in the declaration should not arise as an ultimatum.

The Security Council also studies reporting another initiative by Russia to condemn the Recent attacks in the Syrian cities of Damascus and Aleppo which resulted in dozens of deaths and hundreds injured.

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