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Denouncing Assad's responsibility to confront it is irresponsible, deplorable and hypocritical. It's also standard UN Secretary-General practice.
Sham April 10 Deadline
Establishing April 10 as a deadline for both sides to stop violence won't work because Washington won't let it. Killer gangs won't quit. Assad must respond. Syrians depend on him.
Damascus UN envoy Bashar al-Jafari said his government's committed to halt violence. However, Syria "demand(s) a guarantee that the militants will not fill the vacuum after the withdrawal of (government) troops." He won't get it, and he knows it. So does Assad.
April 10 will and come and go. Violence will continue. He's obligated to confront it. He'll do it responsibly and be blamed. Western intervention may follow. Washington's itching for another fight. Ousting Assad reflects longstanding plans.
On April 7, Syrians rallied supportively throughout the country. Celebrating the Baath Arab Socialist Party's 65th anniversary, they back Assad's reforms and resolve against Western generated violence.
Without naming names, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced those "egging on" Assad opponents, saying:
"In Syria they want to solve the conflict with the government by egging on the opposition. That's no way to reach a settlement."
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