- Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 5:47am
The draft resolution on Syria under discussion at the UN Security Council is reportedly being softened to take into account Russian concerns. It's likely to have references to President Assad stepping down, and an arms embargo removed from the text. RT's Marina Portnaya reports from New York.
RT also talks to Michel Chossudovsky, Director at the Center for Research on Globalization.
- Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/20/2012 - 1:45am
BEIRUT (AP) â€“ Syria's powerful allies in Russia vowed Wednesday to block any Western attempts to intervene militarily in Syria as Damascus fights off an increasingly chaotic 10-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad.
The support came as Assad was showing fresh confidence that he can ride out the uprising with the help of a small â€” but influential â€” set of friends in Russia, China and Iran.
- Submitted by admin on Sun, 12/11/2011 - 5:18pm
(CNN) -- The Syrian government has warned protesters in the city of Homs to stop demonstrations, hand in weapons and surrender defecting military members by Monday night or face bombardment, an opposition leader said.
A 72-hour warning was given Saturday, said Lt. Col. Mohamed Hamdo of the Free Syrian Army.
The Syrian National Council, the country's leading opposition movement, had warned earlier of a potential bloodbath at the hands of the Syrian regime in Homs.
- Submitted by admin on Sun, 10/30/2011 - 5:52pm
(CNN) -- Syrians aiming to write a new constitution for the strife-torn country will meet for the first time on Monday, the state news agency reported Sunday after a weekend of intense violence.
President Bashar al-Assad earlier this month announced the formation of a committee to draft a new constitution within four months, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported at the time. The October 15 announcement was one of several moves the government has made to defuse protests, but they have not calmed the situation in the country.
- Submitted by admin on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 9:37pm
New draft resolution drops demand for immediate sanctions against Damascus in bid to gain Security Council support.
Western powers have dropped earlier calls for immediate sanctions against Syria by the UN Security Council in the face of veto threats from China and Russia, as activists reported more civilian deaths in the country.
Put together by Britain, France, Germany and Portugal, with backing from the United States, the scaled-back draft resolution, which was obtained by reporters on Tuesday, is aimed at breaking a deadlock at the Security Council.