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…
UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said that “deteriorating conditions in Syria and neighboring countries are driving thousands of Syrians to risk everything on perilous journeys to Europe.”“As the crisis digs deeper into its fifth year with no sign of a political solution in sight, despair is on the rise and hope is in short supply. Inside Syria, the last few months have been brutal. Fighting has intensified in almost all governorates,”…
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has admitted that the UN security council is failing Syria because of big power divisions which have prevented action to end a conflict that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and driven the biggest refugee exodus in a generation.The UN secretary general said that Russia and China should “look beyond national interest” and stop blocking security council action on the conflict in Syria…
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