21 February 2018

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03/14/2012 SYRIA - UN

Assad responds to Kofi Annan and fixes election for May

The content has not yet been announced. Immediate ceasefire and the opening of a humanitarian corridor to protect the wounded in question. Assad announces parliamentary elections for next May 7. Borders with Turkey and Lebanon mined.

Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Syrian President Bashar al - Assad, last night sent his response to the proposals of Kofi Annan, UN envoy, on an immediate ceasefire and the opening of a humanitarian corridor to help the population, according to internal United Nations sources. The content of the message is still secret and is under the scrutiny of experts. Yesterday, the Syrian president announced the first parliamentary elections for May 7 after the constitutional referendum last February 26.

Meanwhile, the army has intensified its offensive against the province of Idlib, on the border with Turkey, where 50 people were killed yesterday. Bombings and clashes between Free Syrian Army and the military were also reported in Homs and other cities in the provinces of Aleppo and Damascus. In total in one day there were more than 100 deaths among insurgents, civilians and military.

According to the UN, in over a year of violence 8 thousand people have died, while 230 thousand have fled the country. Human Rights Watch researchers have accused the regime of having mined the borders with Turkey and Lebanon to prevent the rebels leaving the country.

See also

12/03/2012 SYRIA
Kofi Annan: Syrian people tired of the violence and want peace
The UN envoy leaves Syria without any agreement between President Assad and the rebels, but is optimistic for the future. Over 120 dead in two days of clashes in the city Idblid, Homs and Hama.

24/11/2011 SYRIA
Arab League pondering sanctions against Damascus
International pressure on the Assad regime is mounting. France yesterday described the main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, as a “legitimate partner”. The idea of humanitarian corridors or a no-fly zone maintained by Arab and Turkish plane is gaining ground.

22/03/2012 SYRIA
Lebanese border village shelled as UN calls for a stop to the violence
The village of al-Qaa is hit, wounding one person. The UN Security Council adopts a statement with Russia and China voting in favour.

01/03/2012 SYRIA - UN
Kofi Annan for a peaceful solution, end violence on both sides
The former UN secretary general has not yet received the ok to go to Syria. The UN seems to be close to the Vatican's positions, underlining a peaceful (and not military) solution, condemning the violence on both sides and not only that of Damascus. The bombings continue in Homs, a city of enormous strategic importance. Even China and Russia seem to be open to humanitarian corridors.

11/05/2012 SYRIA
UN condemns Damascus bombings. Regime and rebels must end violence
The final toll is 55 dead and more than 400 injured. Even China and Russia condemn the attack and call for respect of the ceasefire proposed by Kofi Annan.

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