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    UN Mission in Syria Renewed for 30 Days

    by  • July 20, 2012 • Security Council • 2 Comments

    Susan Rice, US envoy to the UN, with Herve Ladsous, the French UN peacekeeping chief. Behind him is Vitaly Churkin, Russia's envoy to the UN. JC MCILWAINE/UN PHOTO

    A day after the United Nations Security Council refused to adopt a British-sponsored resolution that would have sanctioned the Syrian government if fighting persisted, the council agreed unanimously to renew the mandate of the UN mission in the country to monitor a cease-fire that never happened. The 400-member team, called the UN Supervision Mission in [...]

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    Top New UN Assignments, and Syria Deputy Envoy Leaving

    by  • July 18, 2012 • GOINGS-ON • 6 Comments

    Adama Dieng, a Senegalese who is the new special adviser for prevention of genocide at the United Nations. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

    Adama Dieng, the registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has been named the United Nations secretary-general’s special adviser on the prevention of genocide. Dieng, a Senegalese, replaces Francis Deng of Sudan, who has been in the post since 2007 as an under secretary-general and is a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution in [...]

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    For Syria, a Way Out That Still Involves the UN

    by  • June 8, 2012 • WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    Kofi Annan

    CANBERRA — Syria is tearing itself apart. The minority Allawite-dominated regime of Bashar al-Assad remains determined to crush the opposition, which despises the regime so much it will not bow out. The Kofi Annan peace plan has seemingly failed, and the international community, or more specifically the United Nations Security Council, has found itself in [...]

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    The Missing Russian Deliveryman

    by  • June 8, 2012 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Bashar Jaafari

    Kofi Annan was too diplomatic to say it in public, but his meaning as he “briefed” the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday on the continuing strife in Syria was unmistakable: Russia has failed. Annan’s plan to halt the fighting that has convulsed Syria for 15 months was crafted to Moscow’s specifications. It made no [...]

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    The Security Council Shows Unity on Syrian Crisis

    by  • March 21, 2012 • ICC, Middle East, Security Council • 2 Comments

    special envoy to Syria

    The Security Council adopted a presidential statement today backing Kofi Annan, the joint United Nations-Arab League special envoy to Syria, on his mission to resolve the year-long crisis there. Russia’s UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, told the press after the adoption that his country’s stance on Syria had not changed and that the statement reflected what [...]

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    Security Council Vents Frustration Over Syria Crisis

    by  • March 1, 2012 • Middle East, Security Council • 3 Comments

    British ambassador to the UN

    In a voice of rare unanimity on the situation in Syria, the 15-member UN Security Council conveyed its “deep disappointment” that Valerie Amos, United Nations under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, was turned down by the government to enter the country to assess the humanitarian crisis. The press statement was read by Mark Lyall Grant, the [...]

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    General Assembly Condemns Syria in a Strong Vote

    by  • February 16, 2012 • General Assembly, Middle East, Peace and Security • 7 Comments

    Syrian resolution

    The General Assembly overwhelmingly supported a resolution condemning the relentless “widespread and systematic” human-rights violations committed by Syrian officials and demanded that the government stop all violence and protect its people. The resolution, though not enforceable, also called on Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, to cede office to a vice president and begin negotiations to form [...]

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    Human Rights Chief Calls for More Action in Syria

    by  • December 5, 2011 • Human Rights, Middle East, Peace and Security • 2 Comments

    Voting for a resolution on Syria in a special session at the Human Rights Council on Dec. 2, 2011.  JEAN-MARC FERRE/UN PHOTO

    As violence continues unabated in Syria despite tough economic and travel sanctions from such big players as the Arab League, the European Union, Turkey and the United States, the head of the UN’s high commissioner for human rights has spoken out by calling for international intervention to protect civilians against government attacks. Navi Pillay, the [...]

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