Reaching a solution in Syria is a “mission impossible,” but it needs to be done, according to Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria. "There is no golden formula…mission impossible…but [finding a solution] needs to be done," Mistura told the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday. Mistura urged for a ''freeze'' in Aleppo, such as stopping fighting and the use of heavy weapons. Having seen 21 conflict zones in…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeated his call for reform of the United Nations, saying the U.N., which remains deadlocked over how to respond to the crisis in Syria, is no “longer capable of showing global leadership.”“The world is bigger than five. You cannot reduce 196 states to five countries,” Erdoğan said in a speech at Turkey's Justice Academy on Feb. 2. Addressing the crisis in Syria, he said…
The European Union is giving an additional €37 million in humanitarian aid to help Lebanon deal with the massive numbers of Syrians sheltering in the country. This is part of a new package of €136 million in funding for the Syria crisis, both inside Syria and in neighboring countries. The new funding was announced while the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, and Commissioner for European Neighborhood…
Images of emaciated and mangled bodies from recent history in Syria were publicly displayed at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, documenting the work of a former Syrian military photographer who defected and has testified in Congress about witnessing mass killings. A small exhibit, entitled "Genocide: The Threat Continues," features a dozen images from an archive of 55,000 pictures smuggled out of Syria. The photographer, codenamed "Caesar," testified in July that…
The United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang once again accused the Assad regime of "using explosive barrel bombings against civilians in Syria", the Anadolu Agency reported. The UN official, who spoke to members of the UN Security Council yesterday during a briefing on the situation in the country, said: "Although the UN Security Council Resolution 2139 calls for an end to the indiscriminate employment of weapons, the Syrian…
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