Author Archives: Leif Eriksson

About Leif Eriksson

Leif Eriksson has worked in the field of asylum at the Swedish Migration Board specializing in the Middle East, as head of the migration section at the Swedish Embassy in Damascus and as a resettlement consultant at the UNHCR branch office in Damascus.

Syria: the twin bombings in Damascus points to regime weakend by incompetence, mistrust and treason

Twin bombing rocked central Damascus this morning. The first went off at 06:55 and was followed minutes later by the second bomb. The targets – the Ministry of Defense General Staff HQ and the Airforce Command building, are in a … Continue reading

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Syria: UNSC resolution 2059 – a wrap up of UNSMIS

UNSC resolution 2059, which was adopted unanimously, extended the UNSMIS mission in Syria for another 30 days. But reading the text it is also clear the mission will end by that time if no major changes will occur, changes that … Continue reading

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Syria: the final statement for the Syrian opposition conference

Held in Cairo July 2-3, 2012 The Syrian opposition conference held under the auspices of the Arab League completed its work on the evening of 3 July 2012, with the participation of 210 figures representing the various Syrian opposition sides, … Continue reading

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Syria: Assad rejects transition plan for Syria

In an interview with Iran’s channel 4, published on the SANA homepage to coincide with the result of the Action Group of Syria’s transition plan Bashar al-Assad, among other, rejected the solution agreed upon.  The plan agreed upon by China, … Continue reading

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Syria: Bouthaina Shaaban and six Syrian state entites sanctioned by EU

In yesterdays EU Foreign Affairs Council one person and six entities were added to the EU sanction list. These are: Persons 1. Bouthaina Shaaban (a.k.a. Buthaina Shaaban). Born 1953 in Homs, Syria. Political and Media Advisor to the President since … Continue reading

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Syria: Salim Altoun and the Altoun Group added to the EU sanction list

As published today in the Official Journal of the European Union, the following persons and entities have been added to the EU sanction list: A. Individuals   1. Adib Mayaleh, born 1955, Daraa Adib Mayaleh is responsible for providing economic … Continue reading

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Syria: for the 15th time EU strengthens sanctions against Assad regime

EU Foreign Affairs Council published the following statement today: “In view of the gravity of the situation in Syria, the Council today reinforced once more EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime. It froze the assets of two entities financially … Continue reading

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Syria: the text of the United Nations Security Council Resolution

Colombia, France, Germany, Morocco, Portugal, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America: draft resolution The Security Council, Recalling its Presidential Statements of 3 August 2011, 21 March 2012 and 5 April 2012, and also … Continue reading

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Syria: United Nations Security Council approves resolution on advance team of monitors

United Nations Security Council has just approved a resolution on Syria, on a 15 – 0 vote, to deploy up to 30 monitors as an advance team to monitor the implementation the six-point Annan-plan. More to come after I have … Continue reading

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Syria: Sanctions against Asma, Anisa and other Assad family members

A. Persons 1. Anisa Al Assad (a.k.a. Anisah Al Assad) Born: 1934 Maiden name: Makhlouf Mother of President Al-Assad. Given the close personal relationship and intrinsic financial relationship to the Syrian President, Bashar Al Assad, she benefits from and is … Continue reading

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