France will submit a new draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling on the Assad regime to stop using barrel bombs as well as condemning other "indiscriminate attacks" against civilians, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday."We have to ensure that the regime stops bombing the civilian population," Fabius told reporters in a joint press conference with the UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura in Paris.Fabius also announced…
Leading Syrian and international human rights defenders and experts, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, organized a panel discussion on the human rights situation in Syria on Wednesday with particular focus on enforced disappearances and detention conditions, including torture and other ill-treatment.The main objective of the panel is to raise awareness among the United Nations diplomatic community about the tens of thousands of people…
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday it was difficult to envision a role for Iran in Syria peacemaking efforts due to its military role in the conflict there.Al-Jubeir made the statements during a joint conference with Germany's foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who arrived in Riyadh from Iran on a mission largely focused on seeking ways to end the war in Syria.Jubeir repeated Riyadh's view that Bashar al-Assad, who…
The regime attack on Aleppo, compounded by Russian airstrikes on the city, threatens to create a new refugee exodus from Syria, Turkey’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, has warned. Speaking after talks with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, Davutoğlu called for action to prevent a new wave of refugees from moving north across the Turkish border. Davutoğlu said on Sunday: “It is our priority that steps will be taken to prevent…
U.S. President Barack Obama has warned Russian leaders that they cannot "bomb their way to a peaceful solution" in Syria.Speaking at a news conference after meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Obama said the Syrian civil war was a magnet for extremists and could only end with a political solution leading to a new inclusive government."There's no meeting of the minds in terms of strategy," he said, which reflected…
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