» 08/17/2012, 00.00
UN calls off peace mission to Syria
The suspension was passed yesterday by the Security Council. No longer conditions to continue the work of observers. The mandate expires on August 19. Russia is opposed to the decision and warns of potential negative consequences.
(AsiaNews / Agencies) - The UN will not renew its peacekeeping mission in
mandate expires on August 19, but the Security Council has already voted for its
to Edmond Mulet deputy head of the observers, the situation on the ground is
risky and no longer safe enough to continue their work. On
15 August, a bomb exploded in downtown Damascus opposite the hotel that houses
the United Nations personnel. Over
the next eight days the 101 military observers will leave Damascus. But a civilian office will remain
the situation is difficult - Mulet says - but we must look for a diplomatic
approach to ending the conflict."
end of the mission has been criticized by Russia, which fears negative
consequences for the future of Syria. Yesterday,
Vitaly Churkin, Moscow's envoy to the UN, has called on all states of the
Security Council to launch an appeal for an end to the conflict and proposed a
meeting to discuss the crisis also open to Iran and Saudi Arabia.
UN mission, which began in April along with the plan of Kofi Annan, former UN /Arab
special envoy League, had already expired on June 16 last. Despite
the steady deterioration of security conditions and obstacles to field
investigations, the Council voted to extend it for another three months. The
observers have often been victims of attacks, intimidation and stone-throwing
by rebels and army. The
debate on the maintenance of the mission in Syria came after Annan's
resignation August 2 and the inability to bring the parties to a cease-fire.
the conflict threatens to spread to Lebanon also. Yesterday,
the Persian Gulf countries urged their nationals to leave the country after the
kidnapping of 20 Syrian Sunni Muslim by the Meqdad clan, a powerful Lebanese
Another car bomb targets Hezbollah
The overnight explosion affected some people, but still there is no toll of possible victims. Talk of a possible connection with the war in Syria , because the attack follows others against the Shiite party and Iran.
At last, Lebanese factions reach agreement
Suleiman will be elected president, the opposition will have the "blocking minority" that will permit it to veto any government decision, and a new electoral law will be ratified. Expressions of satisfaction both inside and outside of the country.
UN denies "confidence crisis" in Hezbollah, but concerns persist
The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon talks about "positive role" played by the Party of God, but blue helmet officers show that the attacks were prepared and could happen again in an area controlled by the Shiite group. Analyst: Hezbollah wants to reduce UNIFIL to "hostages under its control" to manipulate future confrontations with Israel.
Damascus, fragile truce between the army and rebels for the Muslim festival of sacrifice
The cease-fire is in force October 26 to 29, in celebration of the Muslim Eid al-Adha. Yesterday, the rebels advanced in some central areas of Aleppo, a key city in the conflict. Ban Ki-moon calls for "political negotiations" for an end of hostilities. Red Cross ready to send aid to war zones.
Syrian rebels receive heavy weapons from Sudan
The weapons are made in China and include anti-aircraft missile batteries. Khartoum denies any involvement in the Syrian conflict. Divisions between rebel factions and Iranian interests render all diplomatic effort towards a cease-fire null and void.
CHINA – VATICAN
Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the Chinese Church
After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s "three principles of independence" (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People's Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.
INDIA – PHILIPPINES
Archbishop of Guwahati: In Asia religion is not dying, the faithful take strength from the Eucharist
Mgr Menamparampil is among the speakers at the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines. He was also a conflict mediator between various ethnic groups. He told AsiaNews about the value of the Congress for the Catholic Church in Asia and how people can bear witness the Gospel today, even amid tensions and violence of those who "hate us." "with the same pain in our hearts that we descend to our depths during a Eucharistic adoration."
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