New Syria Resolution: Better but Still Flawed
New draft leaves wiggle room for Western intervention.
by Stephen Lendman
Its sponsors include America, Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Colombia, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, UAE, Oman, Lybia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Togo.
Notably, Russia and China aren't included. Nonetheless, Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said:
"We have the text which we shall send to our capital cities and will wait for the result." He added that doing so "does not predetermine its fate in any way."
More on its text below.
On February 3, Itar-Tass headlined, "UN Security Council agrees on Syria resolution," saying:
On February 2, tentative agreement was reached. Key Russia/China concerns were addressed. Some perhaps but not all. Resolution sponsors "urged all countries to launch an open political process headed by the Syrians in the atmosphere free of violence, fear, intimidation and extremism."