» 07/17/2012, 00.00
As fighting reaches Damascus, apostolic nuncio expects dark days ahead
Mgr Mario Zenari describes the tensions residents face. For the past two days, the capital has been the scene of fighting between rebels and the Republican Guard, with 64 dead. The witness of nuns from Azeir monastery (Homs) is a sign of hope for Christians, Alawis and Sunnis.
13/09/2013 SYRIA - UN - US - RUSSIA
Kerry, Lavrov, Brahimi: from chemical weapons to peace conference
The US Secretary of State and the Russian Foreign Minister find "common ground", plan meetings to implement peace process. Syria agrees to sign the UN Convention on Chemical Weapons. For Assad, other nations must stop supplying chemical weapons to the rebels. The Syrian Opposition Coalition is "sceptical" about the Russian-Syrian plan.
Arab League sends 26 additional “observers” to Syria
More deaths and demonstrations are recorded across the country. Amid difficulties, international observers carry out their mission. France and Russia say foreign observers should be allowed to move freely. China and the United States call for patience and trust in the mission.
Syria's ceasefire "very fragile"
China backs observers' mission called for by agreement reached by Syria and the United Nations. Reports of air strikes and shelling continue however. The United States call for tighter sanctions, including an arms embargo.
As OPCW destroys chemical plants, Assad insists only Syrians can "decide on Syria's future"
In his meeting with UN-Arab League Special Envoy Lakdhar Brahimi, the Syrian President slams foreign powers for providing weapons to the rebels. The tête-à-tête took place yesterday in Damascus ahead of the Geneva Conference, scheduled for late November. The OPCW announces the destruction of all the 20 plants that made sarin gas for chemical weapons.
Arab League mission to Damascus raises doubts
Assad was able to get the protocol changed. Now 150 League observers will be accompanied by soldiers and submit regular reports to the Syrian government. Opposition calls for UN intervention. About 250 people are killed in the last two days.
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