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Merkel, Obama: more UN action needed in Syria

The Local · 12 Apr 2012, 07:50

Published: 12 Apr 2012 07:50 GMT+02:00

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The call took place amid accelerating international diplomacy hours before a ceasefire deadline set by Kofi Annan for an end to 13 months of operations against Syrian rebels by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, which have killed thousands of people.

"The President and Chancellor shared the concern that the Assad government was not complying with the terms of the agreement negotiated by Kofi Annan and continued to engage in unacceptable brutality against its own people," a White House statement said.

"They agreed that this underscored the need for the UN Security Council to come together to take more resolute action."

Syria earlier announced that it would cease military operations against rebel fighters from Thursday.

UN envoy Annan said he had received a written pledge from Damascus that regime forces would halt their operations from dawn, provided they did not come under attack.

But the opposition and foreign governments said there was no sign of compliance on the ground by the regime as its forces continued to pounded protest centers, killing 14 civilians on Wednesday, according to monitors.

Obama and Merkel also expressed hoped that Iran would take advantage of talks in Turkey with world powers Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States which start on Saturday to address concerns about its nuclear program.

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"They also reiterated their common resolve to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime through sanctions and other measures if it remained unresponsive," the White House statement said.


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09:16 April 12, 2012 by Sayer
It has been independently verified that the "rebels" in Syria who are killing with unfettered abandon are foreign armed and financed mercenaries, sent by the US and Israel to overthrow Assad. Fact.

If by "more UN action" Merkel & Obama mean military intervention to "liberate" Syria a-la Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and Egypt, then I think they will face a brick wall when it comes to obtaining support from the only adults in the diplomatic room, Russia and China. As they set the Annan plan up to fail, and it has, by all accounts, "bombing Syria to save it" is now the only trick in their nefarious bag.
10:34 April 12, 2012 by Jerr-Berlin
To Sayer...

absolutely correct! another "humanitarian" intevention for the US Empire orchestrated by current elected dictator Obama and his AIPAC henchmen...
14:31 April 12, 2012 by ITAMAR
Assad the son is a dictator and belong to the small minority of Allauits in Syria.

like his fother Haffez he oppresses any revolt against him through his army and secuirity police,like his fother who sent 200 tanks to oppresse the revolt in El Hama ,also the son acts in the same way.

Israel stay out of the internal conflict in Syria and not interfering in its internal problems,the western countries like USA ,France and the other European countries do try to put international pressure on Assad to stop killing its own people,The west will not interfere militarly as Russia and China oppose such acts,so the tragic death of the Syrian people will continue,

Israel keep eye on its northen border,but no need to say that Assad use his army to opprrese his own people and have no time to think about Israel.
15:50 April 12, 2012 by Anth2305
We should offer Assad the option of the setting up and overseeing of free and fair democratic elections in Syria, for which in return we will commit ourselves into giving our full support to the verdict of the majority, although I suppose the one flaw which rules out that particular likelihood, is that the democratic process doesn't always guarantee to deliver the outcome that the people who know best want, bit of a bugger that.
16:25 April 12, 2012 by Sayer
Israel and the US want to fragment and 'Bantustan-ize' Syria as they have done with other paid mercenaries to other countries in the region. Keep the Arab countries caught up in tribal fighting, so they can pursue their own hegemonic agenda. It wouldn't matter which Assad is in power. The Dalai Lama could be in Damascus and they'd still do the same. They don't want any entity in the region powerful enough to offer resistance to their plans for total control.Remember two things: (1) The logo of a certain intelligence agency reads "By Deception You Shall Make War" and (2) the two blue stripes on a certain flag stand for the Nile and the Euphrates rivers, the ultimate expansionist goals of a certain group on non-religious individuals in the region, masquerading as a "chosen people."

If Assad represses people in Syria then it is their business, not anyone else's. As the killings in this instance are the results of foreign armed and financed mercenaries, it is an international shame, especially on those who claim to be pillars of democracy. And as for the slurs I see on these pages denouncing Muslims as terrorists, there is an easy solution to bring terrorism to an end. The US, Israel and other imperial powers should stop messing around in other peoples' countries. Terrorism would come to a halt virtually overnight.
17:17 April 12, 2012 by ITAMAR
What is going in Syria is what Assad and his army do, no super power is involved and it has nothing to do with Israel allthough Sayer is making any efforts to point that false accusation, exactly as what happened in Eygpt has nothing to do with Israel.The Mossad has no interests to defend or to kick Assad out, more then that certain members of the Mossad declare it will be worst if Assad will be kicked out and an Islamic state like Iran will born in Syria,the two blue strip on the Israeli flag has nothing to do "from Nile to Euphrates" but belong the Talit the traditional Jewish cover which has these strips also the blue and white colours were belong to the vest of the Great Priest in the temple..Saying that Americans and Israelies are behind the murder in Syria is of course a lie and insult for the civilian victims which may be closer to Sayer as his brothers more than to me as Israeli,

And the Arab spring is the wish of the people in Eygpt, Syria,Tunisia,Lybia who demand their rights with full justice, a forgein interfer was just in Lybian case and also that with the agreement of the UN.
18:08 April 12, 2012 by Anth2305
I wonder if the underlying reason for the Wests sudden interest in uniting to impose democracy and stability in the region, by whatever means necessary, could in any way be related to oil? I'd sure like to be a fly on the wall when such matters are discussed at the annual Bilderberg conference.

'Thanks to the invasion and occupation, western oil companies are now back inside Iraq and producing oil there for the first time since being forced out of the country in 1973, landing production contracts for some of the world's largest remaining oil fields under some of the world's most lucrative terms'.

"Iraq is one of the largest oil exporters to the US, and has plans to raise its overall crude oil exports to 3.3m barrels per day (bpd) next year, compared with their target of 3m bpd this year, according to Assim Jihad, spokesman for Iraq's ministry of oil".

"Jihad told Al Jazeera that Iraq has a goal of raising its oil production capacity to 12m bpd by 2017, which would place it in the top echelon of global producers".

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