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UN suspends Syria peace mission

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posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 07:35 AM

UN suspends Syria peace mission

The head of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) says the mission has been suspended because of escalating violence, agencies report.

On Friday, the Norwegian Gen Robert Mood said there appeared to be a "lack of willingness" from Syria's government and opposition to seek peace.

He also said violence had intensified in the preceding 10 days, putting his unarmed observers at significant risk.
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posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 07:35 AM
This is not good news. With no UN mission activity the violence is bound to increase to even greater levels in and around Syria. It is understandable as the observers, who are unarmed have been shot at several times throughout the mission.

There will no doubt be another UN SC meeting on this, what can they if anything decide upon? What with the polarised nature in the council at the moment with the Russians and Chinese facing off against western attempts to force the overthrow of Assad and his supporters.

I fear for all of the peoples of this tormented country.
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posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 07:38 AM
-UN say Syria now in a full scale civil war
-US completes military planning for Syria
-Russia sending ship and troops to Syria
-UN suspend Peace Mission

The drums of war have never beaten so loud

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posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 07:48 AM
Some very interesting comments coming out of Russia lately. Is it just me or are they going to get involved in this war in defense of Assad.


Ever since the fall of Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, but especially after the 2004 "Orange Revolution" in Ukraine, the Russian leadership has been obsessed with the idea of America and the EU engineering the overthrow of governments that, for whatever reason, they find unsuitable.

Moscow claims to have a special influence on the regime in Damascus, but it seems that instead of advising Bashar Assad to change his ways, Russian emissaries were telling him until recently - help us to help you. Use some creative window dressing and we'll be able to defend you better.

posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 07:49 AM
What would happen in the USA if we went into a civil war? Would everyone leave us alone to see how many deaths would occur. Would they let us thin out the herd for their own personal agenda? It really makes me wonder. Is the UN doing the same??

posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 07:51 AM
reply to post by Ben81

It does not look good I agree. These events you have listed do seem to tie in together but I don't think it will lead to any overt war between NATO and Russia etc. More likely a ramping up of political pressure and arms supplies to both sides.

Which for the civilians in Syria, Lebanon and any other surrounding nation that this conflict spills in to, means further suffering and death. This playing out of geopolitical interests at the expense of life is just not acceptable and typical of our patriarchal, self interest driven world.
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posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 07:54 AM
notice "and opposition". sounds a lot like when israel was saying "omg syria is killing christians", when they really meant the us backed terrorists were.

this # is kind of alot like if al qae....i mean al ciada came here blowing stuff up saying they were here to bring us democracy...and killed a bunch of "people of middle eastern descent" And then uhm...saudi arabia bombed us because OMG THE AMERICANS ARE KILLING MUSLIMS!!!!!!!!!!!!"


posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 08:08 AM
reply to post by Utopian

You mean involved directly if any NATO intervention takes place? They aren't strong enough, politically or militarily.

They are right to be fearful of Western intervention in nations bordering them i.e. Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, but they will not be able to stop this with hard power like they did in Georgia. They can arm Assad and keep him in power indefinitely in my opinion as the rebel forces are too disparate, like they were in Libya. Only a direct intervention by NATO through air strikes/special forces operation will force Assad out, to that the Russians will have no answer.

posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 08:11 AM
reply to post by phroziac

No offense, but couldn't take it easy with the prozac so that we can all take part in a coherent discussion

posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 08:43 AM
Some more from the head of the mission,

“U.N. observers will not be conducting patrols and will stay in their locations until further notice,” General Mood said in a statement Saturday. He said the observers would not leave the country, and the suspension would be reviewed on a daily basis. “Operations will resume when we see the situation fit for us to carry out our mandated activities,” he said.

So looks like they are going to stay in the country, at least for now. Seems to me they could be pretty vulnerable to attack holding in a static location, possibly forcing their permanent withdrawal.

posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 09:45 AM
Haaretz take on the UN suspension.

Last week shots were fired at a car carrying U.N. observers after they were turned away from the town of Haffeh by angry Assad supporters who threw stones and metal rods at their convoy, a spokeswoman for the monitors said. On May 15, a roadside bomb damaged observers' cars shortly after they met with Syrian rebels in the northern town of Khan Sheikoun. A week earlier, a roadside bomb struck a Syrian military truck in the south of the country just seconds after Mood drove by in a convoy.

Despite fears that violence could significantly worsen without the their presence on the ground, prominent activist Rami Abdul-Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was better for the U.N. teams to leave. "We haven't seen anything beneficial from them. If they are independent … so what?" he said. "A lot of crimes happened in Syria, and they couldn't do anything."

In reference to the activists point that the UN observers "couldn't do anything", at least they were there documenting atrocities and keeping the worlds eye fixed on the country possibly preventing an even greater escalation in the violence.

posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 10:59 AM
From Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught, reporting from the Turkish capital Istanbul, where Syrian opposition groups were meeting on Saturday, said the reaction to the move by the UN mission was "a lack of surprise on the whole". "One delegate said to me [the monitors] were there to observe and, from where they sat, the regime had done everything to obstruct the mission to go in and actually view things," McNaught said. "So in a sense they weren't being able to do the full job they were sent in to do so what was the point of them being there anymore?" Another opposition member told our correspondent he felt the mission's "days were numbered" after an attack last week on a UN convoy trying to reach the town of Haffeh.

posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 09:34 PM

UN Praises Russia’s Humanitarian Role in Syria

Besides sending humanitarian aid to Syria, Russia is also assisting UN humanitarian teams working in the conflict-stricken country, UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Amos met on Friday in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov discussing the humanitarian situation in Syria among other issues.

“Russia supports individual appeals, and most recently, for example, have not only sent aid to Syria but has been at the forefront of supporting our [UN] work and trying to unlock some of the political blockages in relation to humanitarian access [in Syria],” she said.


MOSCOW, June 16 (RIA Novosti)

reply to post by Peruvianmonk

בני משה

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posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 10:40 PM
reply to post by Peruvianmonk

Sounds to me that those either blackwater mercenaries have almost completed there mission and operation.

posted on Jun, 17 2012 @ 10:37 AM
reply to post by bokonon2010

Interesting take on the Russian involvement in Syria there. Both the Russians and the West are letting geostrategic interests cloud them from reaching a resolution that will see to and ending of the violence.

The plight of the civilians is definitely a secondary consideration to both, something they can mask by supporting UN initiatives.

posted on Jun, 17 2012 @ 12:46 PM
Now the observers are no longer in field they cannot verify the claims form either side.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said over 1,000 families in Homs need to be evacuated. Meanwhile, activists have criticised the UN observer mission in Syria for deciding to suspend its activities. The Observatory said at least one person had died in Sunday's violence in Homs's Khalidiyeh district, and that 10 other deaths had been reported elsewhere in the country. "Eighty-five per cent of Homs is under attack", Abu Imad, an activist in Homs, told the BBC. "I'm afraid that there are no safe places left in Homs. We will have to build a new city because there is nothing left," he added.

The Syrian rebel groups are angered by the abruptness of the decision and some are now pushing for a Chapter VII intervention.

However, although activist groups on the ground had criticised the UN monitors for being passive observers, they are yet more critical of the abrupt suspension of even that role, reports the BBC's Jim Muir in Beirut. The SNC said the move denied the Syrian people what little protection they had. The Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC), a network of activists inside Syria, was also critical. "In the absence of any vision to push for an improvement in the situation, the current decision allows for more bloodshed and enables the regime to buy more time under international cover," the LCC said in a statement. The SNC called on the UN Security Council to move swiftly to put the Annan plan into Chapter Seven, meaning that its implementation could be enforced.

The SC is meeting on Tuesday to discuss where to go from here. There is no way a Chapter VII intervention is going to be agreed upon let alone a Chapter VI. The Russians aren't suddenly going to U-turn and support the overthrow of an Assad regime they see as a strategic advantage to them what with the port at Tartus and Assad's overall poor relations with the West.

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