A disarmament expert from Argentina has been appointed to head an independent panel tasked with determining who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria, the United Nations said Tuesday.Virginia Gamba, who has been the director of the U.N. disarmament office for the past two years, will work with two deputies during the one-year mission to assign responsibility for the use of the banned deadly agents.The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted…
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper condemned Russia’s increased military involvement in Syria as “dangerous.” Harper says the buildup of equipment and manpower, in an apparent bid to prop up the Assad regime, is likely to inflame an already volatile, bloody civil war. “The Russian government and (President Vladimir) Putin remains a government that complicates, in dangerous and unhelpful ways, security situations all over the world,” Harper said at a campaign…
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir stated that the military option against Bashar al-Assad is still in place, pointing out that it is better if the conflict is resolved politically in accordance with the Geneva I Communique which calls for the formation of a transitional governing body that it is hoped will put the country on the threshold of new future and better off without Bashar al-Assad. Al-Jubeir, who was speaking…
US special envoy to Syria Michael Ratney said that the American vision towards the solution in Syria is still stable and has not changed; stressing that Assad cannot have a place in Syria's future. He also said that the Russians are mistaken if they work to help Assad in an interview with Shaam News Network. While he opposes Russia’s position which calls for engaging Assad in the fight against ISIS,…
General John Allen, the US special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS, said that the United States has been watching Russia’s military buildup in Syria closely over the last several days to see what it might mean. “Bashar al-Assad is singularly responsible for the death of tens of thousands of his people. Much of the instability in the region is a direct result of the actions of…
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