ASIA NEWS REPORT:
Mgr Mario Zenari pleads with the UN Security Council in
New York. The situation can only get worse if the international community
remains divided. Some 200 people die in another massacre in Tremseh
Damascus (AsiaNews) - "The international community should hurry up and help
Syria out of this hellish trap," said Mgr Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio to
Damascus. Speaking to AsiaNews, he pleaded with the members of the
United Nations Security Council, especially China and Russia, and the Arab
League, to put aside their differences and do something tangible to stop the
bloodshed that has cost 14,000 lives in the past 16 months.
After three weeks out of the country, the prelate returned to Syria only to
find the situation had worsened since he had left.
In Tremseh, Hama province, 200 more innocent people died in another massacre
today. Like in Houla and al-Qubayr, the military and rebels blame each
Combat helicopters and tanks struck at the village, the Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights reported. They were followed by members of the Shabiha (ghosts)
paramilitary militia, who carried out summary executions.
Syria's official news agency SANA, blamed Muslim terrorists for the
incident, claiming that they are trying to sow fear and chaos in order to
influence the UN Security Council in New York.
"The situation is getting worse," Mgr Zenari noted. "When I returned security
was worse. It is no longer possible to move freely. Fighting and abductions are
taking place in areas that were under control until recently."
The Security Council in New York saw China and Russia veto fresh sanctions
against Bashar al-Assad's regime. Moscow and Beijing are opposed to any
resolution against the Syrian government.
The two members accuse Western government of trying a repeat of the strategy
used in Libya, taking advantage of UN resolutions to start a war in the
Opposition from Russia and China make UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's
work even harder. In recent weeks, he asked for Iran's support to try mediation
with the regime and reach a peace deal.
On 16 July, the former UN secretary general will meet Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov to get Russia on board.
"The international community must try to speak with a single voice and stop
Syria from falling off the precipice," the Vatican nuncio said. "Without
everyone's cooperation, Annan's great plan is worthless."
Increasingly, the innocent are the victims of the tragedy, especially
children. "Killing the defenceless does not hurt only the Syrian people but
humanity as a whole." (S.C.)
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