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Security Council Authorizes 300 Syrian Monitors

Monitors won't change Washington's rage for more war.

by Stephen Lendman

On April 21, the Security Council unanimously adopted a Russian/EU resolution. It calls for deploying up to 300 unarmed military Syrian observers for three months.

Russia pushed hard for compromise language. An initial US urged EU draft was one-sided. A provision Moscow rejected involved invoking Article 41 of the UN Charter. It states:

"The Security Council may decide what measures not involving the use of armed force are to be employed to give effect to its decisions, and it may call upon the Members of the United Nations to apply such measures." 

"These may include complete or partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio, and other means of communication, severance of diplomatic relations."

It's a short leap to Article 42, stating:

"Should the Security Council consider that measures provided for in Article 41 would be inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security." 

"Such action may include demonstrations, blockade, and other operations by air, sea, or land forces of Members of the United Nations."

Explicit language is excluded, but implies war. Washington's itching for another one.

Resolution 2043  isn't perfect. It falls short of full even-handedness.

Provision 2 "(c)alls upon the Syrian government to implement visibly its commitments in their entirety, as it agreed to do in the Preliminary Understanding and as stipulated in resolution 2042 (2012), to (a) cease troop movements towards population centres, (b) cease all use of heavy weapons in such centres, (c) complete pullback of military concentrations in and around population centres, as well as to withdraw its troops and heavy weapons from population centres to their barracks or temporary deployment places to facilitate a sustained cessation of violence."

Omitted is Assad's obligation to protect civilians. No responsible leader would leave them defenseless. Insurgent violence continues. He justifiably vows to respond.

Provision 3 "(c)alls upon all parties in Syria, including the opposition, immediately to cease all armed violence in all its forms."

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