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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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Syria Crisis: UN Security Council Agrees On Statement Backing Annan Peace Plan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 21, 2012

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The previously divided U.N. Security Council sent a strong and united message to the Syrian government and opposition on Wednesday to immediately implement proposals by international envoy Kofi Annan to end the yearlong bloodshed.

A nonbinding statement approved by the 15 council members and read at a formal meeting spells out Annan’s proposals which include a cease-fire first by the Syrian government, a daily two-hour halt to fighting to evacuate the injured and provide humanitarian aid, and inclusive Syrian-led political talks “to address the legitimate concerns of the Syrian people.”

In a bid to win support from Russia and China, which have twice vetoed European and U.S.-backed resolutions condemning President Bashar Assad’s crackdown on protesters, France watered down the statement to eliminate possible consideration of “further measures” which could include sanctions or military action. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vladimir Putin: A Candidate for China’s Version of the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 19, 2011

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Last year, a day before the imprisoned Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia in

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks during a regional conference of his United Russia party in Cherepovets, Russia, September 5, 2011. (Photo: Alexei Nikolsky / RIA / Reuters)

Norway, a group of Chinese scholars with ties to the Chinese Culture Ministry announced the victor in the inaugural Confucius Peace Prize. According to the 100,000-yuan (around $16,130 at today’s exchange rate) award’s curious announcement, the Chinese award was created because “China is a symbol of peace…it owns the absolute power to uphold peace…Norway is only a small country with scarce land area and population…it must be in the minority…concerning the conception of freedom and democracy.” Subtle the Confucius Prize was not.

Last year’s winner, Taiwan’s former Vice President Lien Chan, who bettered relations between mainland China and his home island, failed to show up at the Beijing award ceremony. In fact, he had no idea he had won until the press contacted him the day before. To avoid embarrassment, the prize was handed to a solemn little girl who was officially dubbed an “angel of peace.” China-watchers might have been excused for thinking this crude attempt to promote an alternative peace prize would quietly wither. Read the rest of this entry »

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Drug War Has Failed And Governments Should Explore Legalizing Marijuana, Says Report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 2, 2011


The drug war seems failed everywhere and the reason could be high profile people behind this business.
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One Woman’s Mission: Empowering World’s Poorest Girls to Transform World

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 21, 2010

Huffington Post By Jim Luce

New York City's child advocate Jin In training local young women in Nepal.

I first met Jin In off a snowy sidewalk near Bryant Park in New York City this past winter. She just returned from Nepal, energized. There, she was working to empower young women belonging to the lowest caste, a group most locals wouldn’t touch or associate with. However Jin saw them as valuable members of society. In fact, she saw them as the greatest untapped human resource. As we exchanged stories — our visions — I realized we are the same kind of passionate global citizens working for the poor to make the world better.

Jin was born in the East, raised in the West, and goes wherever she is called to empower the world’s poorest girls. She is the Founding Director of 4Girls GLocal Leadership (4GGL) — Inspiring Girls, Transforming the World. Her organization combines global thinking with local action resulting in “glocal” innovation — developing the leadership potential of girls and young women in poor communities around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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