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Annan: Russia, West agree on transition government for Syria

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 1, 2012

The Syrian crisis is to be resolved by a transition government consisting of the current authorities and opposition leaders. The proposal was announced by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan after talks in Geneva.

The unity government should be formed on the basis of “mutual consent” said Annan. The Syrian-led transition should take place within a fixed period of time and the envoy hopes this may happen by the end of the year.

Annan, announcing the official communiqué of the international meeting in Geneva, called on the Syrian regime and opposition groups to re-commit to a ceasefire and to start implementing his six-point peace plan immediately, without waiting for the other side.

The plan urges the sides in the Syrian conflict to cooperate with UN observers, allow humanitarian aid delivery, release detainees and grant journalists access to the country. The right to peaceful demonstrations must also be respected, stressed Annan.

Prior to the conference, Annan had proposed a plan for a unity government in Syria excluding political figures that would compromise the country’s stability and effectively calling for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow refused to back such a condition and also made sure the plan brokered in Geneva would not require Assad to step down.

Kofi Annan also said that foreign ministers who took part in the conference in Geneva would make up a regular working group on the Syrian crisis. A new round of Syria talks may take place in Moscow, suggest diplomatic sources.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures during a news conference after the meeting of the Action Group on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, June 30, 2012 (Reuters/Valentin Flauraud)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures during a news conference after the meeting of the Action Group on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, June 30, 2012 (Reuters/Valentin Flauraud) Read the rest of this entry »

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Assange rejects police request to surrender

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 29, 2012


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said that he rejects the British police’s request to hand himself in and will remain in the Ecuadorean embassy and continue his appeal for asylum on grounds of political persecution.

Earlier on Thursday, police issued an order for Assange to appear at a police station to begin the extradition process.

The letter from the Metropolitan Police sent to the Ecuadorian Embassy said it “requires him to attend a police station at a date and time of our choosing. This is standard practice in extradition cases and is the first step in the removal process.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Libyan in(ter)vention: False facts fatal for Gaddafi

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 2, 2011

Sanctions against Syria and looming prospects of an intervention into the country are drawing ever more parallels with the war in Libya. But as it turned out, the “facts” used to wage a “humanitarian war” on Tripoli, underwent almost no verification.

“There’s no evidence to justify the humanitarian war in Libya,” is the conclusion of filmmaker and independent journalist Julien Teil.

“In the beginning of this story, we got some allegations which have been looked at and said to the UN Human Rights Council and those allegations had never been verified or checked,” he told RT’s Tesa Arcilla.” And these had been used also as material for the ICC case against Libya.”

On March 17, UN Security Council Resolution 1973 was passed, imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. Accusations were that Gaddafi had bombed his own people from air and land, used foreign mercenaries, ordered the use of rape as a weapon, and killed by the thousands.

“I can’t prove there was no bombing. All I know is that there is no evidence of bombing,” says Julien Teil. “So I interviewed the man who went to the UN Human Rights Council, Sliman Bouchuiguir.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Secret nuclear plant found in Syria – IAEA

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 2, 2011

International Atomic Energy Agency investigators say they’ve discovered a secret nuclear plant in north-western Syria. They claim the complex has a similar design to a uranium enrichment plant Muammar Gaddafi tried to build in Libya.

However, there is apparently no evidence of nuclear production at the site, which is currently used as a cotton-spinning plant.

UN investigators say the previously unknown complex in Syria adds to suspicions that the regime worked with A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb, to acquire technology that could make nuclear weapons.

Correspondence between Khan and a Syrian official has also been found by the UN nuclear watchdog, as quoted by AP. According to the correspondence the Syrian official allegedly proposed cooperation as well as a visit to Khan’s laboratories.

A senior diplomat and a former UN investigator both provided the data on condition of anonymity.

The allegations come during difficult times for Syria, which is already under immense international pressure.

The timing of the IAEA’s announcement is not coincidental, according to Spiked independent online magazine reporter Patrick Hayes.

“It shows how those institutions are formally independent from the UN, how political they actually are. This is a way of heaping more pressure on Syria at a time when the uprising has taken place. It brings about a kind of Western interference in a kind of insidious fashion. They are basically doing what they did in Iraq: using the guise of weapon inspections to poke their noses into all areas of countries that seem a bit suspicious,” Hayes told RT.

Dr David Halpin, a British anti-war activist agrees with Hayes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gaddafi on TV as rebels claim he’s trapped

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 25, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi has been shown on Libyan loyalist TV channel Al-Orouba shortly after a group of rebels besieging apartment buildings near his Bab Al-Aziziyah compound claimed they had him trapped inside.

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During the broadcast Colonel Gaddafi called his supporters the “sweeping majority” and said there would be no safe place for rebels, Reuters reports.

Muammar Gaddafi has told Libyans they must “fight and destroy” the rebels in Tripoli.

The Libyan leader has also called on his supporters to march on Tripoli and “purify” the capital of rebels, whom he has called “rats, crusaders and unbelievers.”

The colonel called on all Libya’s tribes to rally and to expel “foreign agents” from the country.

“Libya is for the Libyan people and not for the agents, not for imperialism, not for France, not for Sarkozy, not for Italy,”he said. “Tripoli is for you, not for those who rely on NATO.”

Gaddafi’s spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, has declared that the colonel is still in Libya and is leading the fight against the rebels. Gaddafi is safe, healthy and his morale is high, Ibrahim added.

Meanwhile, a group of rebels who are exchanging fire with loyalists inside apartment buildings near Muammar Gaddafi’s Bab Al-Aziziyah compound say they believe Muammar Gaddafi is also there and that they have him surrounded, Reuters reports.

The rebels did not explain why they believe Gaddafi is inside one of those apartment buildings, but they say the colonel may be holed up in the buildings with some of his sons.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Congress slaps Obama on the wrist over Libyan war

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 25, 2011

A majority of the US House of Representatives voted against a motion to cut funding for US military involvement in Libya. This came directly after the very same lawmakers refused to grant President Barack Obama approval to carry on the campaign.

The House of Representatives voted to deprive Obama of the authority to continue the US military campaign in Libya, a symbolic move intended mostly to reprimand the commander-in-chief for his policies. The motion carried 295 votes to 123 against.

However, the move of the House of Representatives seemed more like a message of rebuke sent to Obama rather than an actual war-stopper, because when it came to voting on cutting off funds for the war, a majority voted “no.”

Earlier this month, on June 3, the House voted 268 to 145 to rebuke Obama for failing to provide a “compelling rationale” for the Libyan mission and for deploying US military forces without congressional approval.

Some analysts say it is a way for Congress to show their frustration over the White House’s refusal to come to the lawmakers to seek authorization for the military actions in Libya. Under the US Constitution, only Congress can declare war. The Obama administration does not define the ongoing hostilities in Libya as war.

Earlier this month they had a chance to send an even stronger message, as the House debated a resolution from Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who called for an immediate end to the US involvement in Libya. The majority voted “no” to that proposal. Read the rest of this entry »

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