(AsiaNews) - The massacres in Houla and al-Qubair are evidence that the UN-Arab
League peace plan is failing. They show that the Syrian government has done
very little to stop the violence. At the Security Council, UN-Arab League envoy
Kofi Annan urged the 15 members to put pressure on the Syrian government. Only when
the regime of Bashar al-Assad assumes responsibility for what is happening will
the fighting end. However, Syrian authorities appear unwilling to lay stop the
violent actions of its armed forces and paramilitary militias in rebel-held
international community has united, but it now must take that that unity to a
new level," Annan said. The plan is not dead, as some have recently
announced, it has not been implemented. So long as fighting continues, a civil
war cannot be averted.
Annan is now pushing for the establishment of contact group, including the big
powers (S, France, UK, Russia and China) and the main regional players with
influence with Damascus and the opposition (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Iran).
goal is to break the deadlock in the Security Council, getting Russia and China
to accept a political transition that would see Assad step aside.
although condemning the massacres in Houla and al-Qubair, Moscow and Beijing
reiterated their opposition to a sweeping de-legitimisation of the Assad regime.
in Syria, anonymous for security reasons, told AsiaNews that the United Nations is hard pressed to find a
solution. The fact is no one knows what is actually going on.
foreigners, diplomats, officials and journalists that are coming to the country
are at the mercy of the factional fighting.
observers are facing huge obstacles in their mission as well. This is making it
harder to see the broader picture and future strategies to settle the conflict
gunmen, apparently from both sides, fired against the UN team on its way to
al-Qubair where 78 people were killed.
battle for democracy that began in 2011 is in reality a factional fight,"
sources said. "This is typical of the Muslim world where freedom is confused
with anarchy and parliamentary politics with might is right. The factions will fight
until one of them wins."
cycle of violence will continue with or without Assad. All Syrians will pay a
price. They have already been paying in terms of sanctions, abductions,
murders, and foreign Muslim militias that are spreading to areas hitherto
spared like Alep."
only alternative to total war is diplomacy through talks, even harsh, with the
regime, which despite its violence is the only one capable of controlling its
contrast, the Syrian National Council appears a motley crew of factions without
any influence on Muslim extremists who will fight against Assad and the Alawis
first, and then all the other minorities in Syria, especially Christians,
thanks to the weapons provided by Arab countries. (S.C.)