» 04/19/2012, 00.00
SYRIA - UN
Ban Ki-moon: 300 UN observers for Syria. The violence continues
Observers will work for three months. UN secretary says there are "possibilities of progress" because there is less violence. But attacks and clashes with the army continue in Deir Ezzor, Homs, Idlib, Aleppo.
Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to authorize a mission of
300 observers to verify the cease-fire. Meanwhile
there are reports of clashes and killings at Deir Ezzor, Homs,
a letter to the Security Council, Ban Ki-moon calls for the deployment of 300
observers to monitor the situation for at least three months. In
recent days, the first six observers arrived, reporting many violations of the
cease-fire accepted by the government and opposition.
said in the letter that "there are possibilities of progress" for the
truce launched by April 12, but it is also clear that the cessation of
hostilities "is incomplete". In
any case, he points out that since the day the truce was enacted, the level of
violence has decreased, as well as the number of victims.
speaks of a violence "armed in all forms" - meaning even that of the
rebels, but explicitly including Syria, which "has not yet
observed all its obligations." He
reaffirms that Damascus
must pledge to withdraw its troops and their heavy weapons from the rebel
cities and facilitate the mission of observers leaving them full freedom of
movement and communication.
according to some witnesses, Syria
prevented the first UN observers from going to Homs, the city that has suffered army
bombardments for over a month. The
Government justified the decision claiming it was for safety reasons.
news arrives from Deir Ezzor that the army has launched another attack today in
which a civilian has died. Yesterday,
according to the Observatory of Human Rights in Syria, close to the opposition,
there were 30 other deaths.
NGOs claim that 16 civilians were killed in the province of Homs
and six others in the Idlib. In
the same area seven army soldiers were killed, two in Aleppo
and an officer in Douma, near Damascus.
to AsiaNews sources in Syria,
said that "the Annan peace plan has already failed ... neither side wants
to stop the violence. The war will last a long time" (see: 17/04/2012 As
rebels and regime violate the ceasefire, Kofi Annan's plan collapses).
10/04/2012 SYRIA - UN
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.
Ban Ki-moon criticizes Assad for the terrible suffering of the Syrian people
The words of the Syrian president do not help to find a "real solution to the crisis." Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN peace envoy, in dialogue with Qatar and Iran.
UN Council for Human Rights condemns Syria
The High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, suggests the possibility of accusing the regime in Damascus of "crimes against humanity and other international crimes." The Arab League calls for more UN observers.
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Syrian soldiers today took the Bani Zaid neighborhood. Militants are on the run. Assad offers amnesty to those who lay down their weapons and hand themselves in to the army. The government promises fast reconstruction of hospitals and schools. Russia offers four humanitarian corridors for civilians and fighters who hand in their weapons.
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.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
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Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
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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