» 05/26/2012, 00.00
SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS
Syrian military kills 88 in Houla, scores of wounded, in what activists call a massacre
Activists slam violence by Syrian government forces. Video of dead children are posted online, but independent verification is impossible. Thousands of people protested yesterday after Friday prayers. For UN's Ban Ki-moon, the situation is "extremely serious".
12/03/2016 14:12:00 SYRIA – UNITED NATIONS
Syrian opposition to attend peace talks, some glimmers of hope for UN
The second round of UN-sponsored indirect talks between the government and opposition is set to begin on Monday in Geneva. The main opposition group confirmed its participation without preconditions “to stop the spilling of Syrian blood and find a political solution". Humanitarian agencies and UN officials show cautious optimism.
Washington and Moscow clash over Syria's looming civil war
Russia and China oppose new sanctions against Syrian regime. For US secretary of State, Russia is contributing to a disastrous civil war. Ban Ki-Moon describes Houla massacre as turning point for Assad regime. The latter releases 500 political prisoners arrested in 14 months of unrest.
27/09/2013 SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS
As jihadist rebels burn two Catholic churches in ar-Raqqah, Assad's enemies openly split
Fundamentalists target the Greek Catholic Church of the Annunciation and the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs, destroying the cross on the bell tower of one of them and raising the Islamist flag, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights laments. As divisions grow within the anti-Assad opposition, fundamentalist groups reject the authority of the Syrian National Council, trying instead to impose Sharia. The Security Council is ready to adopt a resolution on the destruction of Assad's chemical weapons with the support of Russia and the United States.
30/01/2016 16:19:00 SYRIA – UNITED NATIONS
Opposition group to join Geneva talks on Syria conflict
The High Negotiations Committee announces it will send 30-35 people to Geneva to join UN, US and Syrian representatives to negotiate an end to a conflict that has claimed 260,000 lives since 2011. UN Security Council resolution approved last month calls for an immediate cease-fire, a transitional government in six months and elections within 18.
29/05/2012 SYRIA - UN
Damascus, Annan meets Assad to save the peace plan
Face to face talks overshadowed by Houla "massacre". The diplomat has called the slaughter "repulsive" and called for an end to the violence. The UN Security Council has condemned Damascus for the use of heavy weapons. But the Syrian government points the finger at rebels and fighters. The Holy See's appeal to the parties involved and the entire international community to "end to all forms of violence".
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