UNHRC Issues Another Resolution on Situation in Syria, Russia Slams It Biased, Again.
July 10, 2012 (TSR) – The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) issued a new biased decision about the situation in Syria in which it condemned what it described as violations of human rights. Just like Libya, they were relying as usual on media reports and fabrications to accuse one side which is the government, disregarding the plentiful documented information which confirm the that armed terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda, are indeed responsible for massacres in Syria.
The resolution, which was proposed by the USA and Turkey, was opposed by Russia, China, and Cuba. The countries supporting it showed clear bias by rejecting the amendment proposed by Russia which calls for the condemnation of all terrorist acts in Syria. These are very same nations within “Friends of Syria”, whom Annan confirmed as his headache, point fingers at Russia and China, yet give weapons and monies (i.e. “non-lethal” aid) to again buy more weapons,
41 countries voted for the resolution, while the three aforementioned countries voted against it, with India, the Philippines and Uganda declining to vote.
The resolution called for what it called “a real international investigation about the crimes committed in Syria.”
The resolution also called for implementing the plan of UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan without preconditions and stopping the violence in Syria in all its forms, in addition to welcoming the results of the Geneva meeting on Syria on June 30th.
Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry described the UNHRC’s resolution as biased, saying it will not contribute to launching a political process in Syria.
THE UNSMIS CHIEF, MAJ. GENERAL MOOD CONFIRMS FULL COMMITMENT OF ASSAD GOVERNMENT TO PEACE
Maj. General Robert Mood, Head of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) on Wednesday stressed the full commitment of the Syrian government to the six-point plan of the UN envoy Kofi Annan.
Mood also stressed the commitment of the UN to the safety and security of the Syrian people, adding that Geneva meeting was very important as to pave the way for reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.
He stressed that halting violence in Syria is the most important issue for the time being, adding that he participated in Geneva meeting and briefed the Syrian side on the content of this meeting, and that he is to hold a meeting with the work team in Syria under the auspices of the Syrian government.
The mission now is consolidating its eight local team site locations into regional ones to enable better support to the Syrian people in the coming days. They will be relocating personnel and assets from Hama, Idleb and Tartous to boost their presence in other locations.
“This consolidation will not affect the mission’s current mandate or the total deployed personnel,” Mood added.
He considered that “it is time to stop spreading ourselves out too thin and restructure in a way that will allow us, once we resume our activities, to conduct targeted tasks that require longer periods of stay in particular area as well as larger number of observers, specialized in a variety of civilian and military affairs.”
He reiterated that the UNSMIS is not a static mission but rather an adaptable one, stressing that it will “continually adapt and reconfigure to best serve the needs and aspirations of the Syrian people, and that is what we are doing now.”
Concerning an upcoming Security Council’s assessment to the future of the mission, Mood said regardless of the Security Council decision, “the international community’s continued responsibility to the Syrian people is moral as well as political.”
He added that they will continue work “to find paths to political dialogue and peaceful solution to the crisis,” expressing the mission’s full readiness to support the parties in taking the needed steps to consolidate this dialogue.
Answering journalists’ questions, Mood said all scenarios are expected until the Syrian government, which renewed commitment to Annan’s six-point plan, and the opposition deciding to end violence and cooperate.
In reply to a question on the possibility of arming the monitors or turning them to peace-keeping forces, Mood said, ”The UN Secretary-General will issue his report on the mission’s work…The report will be submitted to the UN Security Council and there is a whole range of possibilities for the UNSC to choose were an agreement between its members to be reached …but I personally believe that arming a small group of monitors is not a good idea.”