» 07/12/2012, 00.00
Appalled at the massacre of the Syrian people, prominent diplomat defects
Nawal al-Fares, ambassador in Baghdad, was a regime member since the days of al-Assad Afez. The Baath Party has become a tool to kill the innocent. Invitation to army to join the revolution and really defend the population against foreign enemies. Other major defections planned in coming days.
Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Nawaf
al-Fares, Syrian ambassador to Iraq,
has defected from the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the Baath Party. The fight
against terrorism launched by the President has now become a "horrible
massacre" against the Syrian people. The diplomat announced his
resignation in a statement to the Qatari channel al-Jazeera.
"I urge all honest members of this party - he said - I to follow my path
because the regime has turned it [the party] to an instrument to kill people
and their aspiration to freedom." The ambassador appealed to the army to
join the revolution and begin to defend the people and the homeland against
foreign enemies, not by killing innocent people.
Fares, a Sunni Muslim born in Deir al-Zor, Syria's
eastern city to the border with Iraq
is a veteran of the Damascus
government, active in the days of Hafez al-Assad, father of the President. He
is the second leading diplomat who turns his back to the president. The first
was Bassam Imadi, Syrian ambassador in Sweden, now a member of the Syrian
National Council. Another major defection was that of Tlas Manaf, a general from
a Sunni family and personal friend of Assad, who in recent weeks has left the
country seeking asylum in France.
According Imadi defections are a sign that diplomats and members of the regime sense
the imminent end of Assad. "We should consider [Fares] as someone
very close to the regime - he said - we
should also remember that he is also calling on other ambassadors to resign,
which means that others will follow suit".
Meanwhile, the UN has prepared a new plan to end the violence. The draft text -
the fruit of the Paris
conference of July 6 - orders the Syrian regime to cease "within ten
days," the use of heavy weapons against rebellious cities'', or risk "immediate" new economic and diplomatic
sanctions as provided by Article 41 of the UN Charter.
There are no end to clashes between the army and rebels of the Free Syrian Army
and foreign Islamist militants. Overnight there were clashes in the capital's
neighborhoods and Ibril. In Homs
attempts at reconciliation are in progress between the various families thanks
to the "Mussalaha" launched by Christian religious leaders,
Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox.
Syrian rebels invoke "total war". Assad expels some ambassadors
Opponents no longer respect the cease-fire in effect since April 12. New army being planned-funded by Sunni Muslim countries. Assad declares ambassadors of the United States, Great Britain, France and Turkey no longer welcome.
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Assad promises an end to violence by April 10, according to the UN peace plan
Confirmed by Kofi Annan. If Assad stops the violence the rebels must also lay down their arms. But in recent days the rebels have received financial support from Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries. U.S. ambassador to the UN skeptical.
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UN Divided: Kofi Annan steps down as war intensifies in Syria
For the former UN secretary general no cooperation from the Syrian government or opposition. But above all, division in the Security Council and the international community who trade accusations and are partisan in their support. Yesterday 130 people were killed in conflicts in Damascus and Aleppo. Today, the Arab League proposes a resolution to the General Assembly of the United Nations to criticize Syria's threats to use chemical weapons. The military escalation of Damascus and the rebels supported by the countries of the Security Council.
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Moscow wants Damascus to implement Kofi Annan plan. Opposition and U.S. skeptical
As of today there should be withdrawal of troops and armed forces from the city. But there were bombs in Harasta and Mariah. Kofi Annan is in Turkey on the way to Tehran, to ask Iran for cooperation for the peace plan for Syria. Yesterday some Syrian refugees in Turkey hit, Lebanese cameraman killed.
Syria welcomes Kofi Annan with more than 80 dead
Former UN Secretary General will meet President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to negotiate a political solution to the civil war. For the rebel troops, only "a waste of time." Yesterday, violence around the country left more than 80 dead.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
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Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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