A United Nations official said that more than 8 million people in Syria are exposed to the danger of unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war as she talked about efforts by the German government to remove these hazards. In an interview with the German Bild newspaper on Saturday, Agnès Marcaillou, head of the UN mine-clearing service (UNMAS), said that that an estimated 8.2 million men, women, and children are…
The United States has warned the Assad regime against holding up the political process, threatening it with tough international sanctions similar to those already imposed on Iran, which has been described as the "toughest in history." Jim Jeffrey, the US special representative for Syria, on Friday said that the United States will pursue “a strategy of isolation,” including sanctions, with its allies if Bashar al-Assad holds up a political process…
Foreign Ministers of a number of Western and Arab countries on Thursday reiterated support for the urgent convening of a constitutional committee to advance the UN’s efforts to achieve a political solution to the conflict in Syria on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254. A joint statement by the foreign ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States…
A pentagon official said that Iran’s military presence in Syria makes reaching a lasting political solution in the country increasingly unlikely. “Iran’s presence and malign activities make it increasingly unlikely we’ll see an enduring political solution,” Robert Story Karem, the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs told a congressional hearing on the situation in Syria on Wednesday. Echoing the US official’s remarks, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel…
The UN judge responsible for preparing war crimes charges against individuals over the Syrian conflict said Thursday her office plans to open at least two cases by year's end. Catherine Marchi-Uhel, a French national, heads the body known as the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), which is tasked with bringing those responsible for the most serious crimes in Syria to justice. "We expect to open two or more specific…
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