Category Archives: UN Security Council

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: a Russian dilemma – sovereignty, ego and regional influence

All along since the beginning of the protests in Deraa, March 2010 Russia has stood by Syria. At first this was not so difficult. President Assad promised reforms and amnesty through his spokesperson Bouthaina Shaaban, spoke to the Syrian parliament, … Continue reading

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UN Security Council: the vetoed draft resolution on Syria with Russian objections crossed out and amendments added

Below is a copy of the draft resolution on Syria where I have added Russian objections and amendments. Objections are crossed out and proposed amendments are in bold. Below this text you will also find the resolution as it was … Continue reading

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Syria: The Damascus Bomb Blasts part 2 – the Ghost of Ghaddafi

It is not as if the Syrian regime opened its arms to the Arab League and the mission to monitor the implementation of the agreement to put an end to the violence. But in the end the regime had no … Continue reading

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Syria: The Damascus Bomb Blasts part 1

In anticipation of the Arab League monitor mission to Syria a number of questions emerged. Among them: how could the monitors be allowed to operate freely in Syria given the ambiguous agreement and how would the Syrian regime try to … Continue reading

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Syria: fear and loathing in the business community

Seven months after the start of protests, with at least 3000 civilians killed and more than 10 000 arrested, abused and tortured, the largely peaceful uprising against the Syrian regime is hanging in the balance. Although defections from the army … Continue reading

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Syria: Ramadan massacres spreads condemnation against the regime of Bashar al-Assad to GCC, Arab League and Saudi Arabia

Up until the attack on Hama the day before the holy month of Ramadan condemnation against the Syrian regime had been limited to the ‘usual suspects’ – USA, EU and Turkey. But with Hama the UNSC deadlock suddenly unlocked with … Continue reading

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