» 05/17/2012, 00.00
Syrian army shells al-Rastan as apostolic nuncio fully backs Annan plan
The city in Homs Governatorate has been under siege for months. Mgr Zenari highlights the cycle of violence that is sweeping across the country. The prelate urges the UN and the international community to push for the peace plan despite the fighting and violence.
For Syrian priest, Assad's acceptance of Annan plan is a sign of hope
For former UN secretary general, Syrian president's agreement is a first step towards peace between government and rebels. Opposition groups push for military intervention and a buffer zone on Turkish border.
01/03/2012 SYRIA - UN
Kofi Annan for a peaceful solution, end violence on both sides
The former UN secretary general has not yet received the ok to go to Syria. The UN seems to be close to the Vatican's positions, underlining a peaceful (and not military) solution, condemning the violence on both sides and not only that of Damascus. The bombings continue in Homs, a city of enormous strategic importance. Even China and Russia seem to be open to humanitarian corridors.
03/04/2012 SYRIA - UN
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.
As rebels and regime violate the ceasefire, Kofi Annan's plan collapses
Speaking to AsiaNews, sources describe a chaotic, unstable and dangerous situation. Extremists who flocked to Syria only to kill are among the opposition. UN-Arab League observers begin their mission.
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.
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