11 June, 2012

Syria - update 11th June 2012

It is very difficult to establish the complete truth about what is occurring within Syria but, on any view, the situation is appalling and worsening.  Here are some of the latest reports.

7th June 2012:

The Damascus Centre for Human Rights has documented a massacre at Mazra’at al-Qubeir in Hama.  This took place on 7th June 2012 with some 78 victims including women and children.

Amid growing atrocities and little evidence
that the Syrian Government is living up to its commitment to stop the ongoing violence, United Nations officials urged the world community to act with one voice to end the crisis in the Middle Eastern country. 

At the request of the Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will soon put forward a range of options for resolving the crisis in Syria.

“No one can predict how the situation in Syria will evolve. We must be prepared for any eventuality; we must be ready to respond to many possible scenarios,” Mr. Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday afternoon (7th June). “At the request of the Security Council, I will soon present a variety of options for the way ahead.”

“It is up to the members of the Council to find common cause. But let me say here that we need bolder action,” Mr. Ban added. “We must speak with one voice … we must deliver a clear and unmistakable message: The violence must stop, on both sides. We need a peaceful transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people.”

It appears that UN Observers were obstructed in their attempts to reach the village of Mazraat al-Qubeir in order to verify reports of large-scale killings.  However, they did eventually get there - see UN News CentreThe observers found burned homes, and at least one burnt with bodies inside – there was a heavy stench of burned flesh.  The UN Observers operate under the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria

UNSMIS was Established by United Nations Security Council resolution 2043 PDF Document of 21 April 2012 to monitor a cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties and to monitor and support the full implementation of the Joint Special Envoy’s six-point plan to end the conflict in Syria. 

10th June 2012:

William Hague - the UK Foreign Secretary - refused to rule out the possibility of Britain having to commit troops to Syria - Daily Mail 10th June.   However, Mr Hague also said that the way forward was to adopt the peace plan of former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan.  

Unfortunately, serious doubts exist as to whether Mr Annan's plan will be effective.

11th June 2012:

The Daily Mail reported  - "Syria's steroid-mad 'Ghost' killers who keep Assad in power by slaughtering women and children." 

The UN News Centre reports that Kofi Annan is "gravely concerned" by the latest reports of violence and the escalation of fighting by both Government and opposition forces

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