ASIA NEWS REPORT:
After the massacre of Tremseh, the UN secretary general
tries to push the Security Council to take concrete action to stop the civil
war. Russia and China oppose any resolution that involves new sanctions against
Assad. Yesterday a further 118 deaths, according to the Syrian Observatory for
Beirut (AsiaNews) - "Inaction becomes a license for further massacres": with
these words which the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is seeking Security Council
intervention to stop the ongoing massacres in Syria. The same Ban Ki-moon said
that what is happening poses "many doubts" on the commitment of President Bashar
al-Assad for peace.
The decision making body of the United Nations met to discuss the future of
the observers' mission, which expires July 20, but the echo of the Tremseh
massacre, with over 200 deaths, broadened the discussion. So far to no avail,
since the total contrast between West and Arabs who want to pressure the Assad
regime and Russia and China that oppose it.
Faced with the request of the UN Secretary to "take decisive and collective
action to end the tragedy immediately and fully" the West proposed a resolution
that gives Assad 10 days to remove the tanks, helicopters and weapons heavy from
cities and put an end to violence. Failure to comply would lead to new
sanctions. China and especially Russia, however, are opposed to any step that
could lead to new sanctions.
This, despite UN envoy and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's explicit accusation
against Damascus for "the use of artillery, tanks and helicopters, confirmed by
UNSMIS (United Nations observers, ed ) in violation of the obligations and
commitment of the Syrian government to end the use of heavy weaponry in
populated areas. "
And while government and rebels continue to trade blame for the Tremseh
massacre, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (opposition) said
that yesterday there were 118 other dead 49 civilians, 37 soldiers and 32
guerrillas. The Observatory also reports protests in Damascus, disrupted by
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