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UN chief blames human rights abuses on both sides in Syria war

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Navi Pillay reiterated that the Syrian government’s actions might amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. “The use of heavy weapons by the government and the shelling of populated areas have … Continue reading

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Syria’s UN human rights envoy defects in Geneva

GENEVA — Syria’s top representative at the UN Human Rights Council said Monday he had defected because he no longer felt able in that position to do anything for the Syrian people. “Basically, when I felt I could not help … Continue reading

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Syria transition plan has support, but may not be the answer

By: Patrick J. McDonnell BEIRUT — The United States and other world powers meeting Saturday in Geneva threw their weight behind a United Nations-brokered plan for a transitional government for Syria, but the move appeared to raise more questions than … Continue reading

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Leaders agree to watered down version of Annan Syria peace plan

GENEVA –  Major powers meeting in Geneva have adopted a watered down version of special envoy Kofi Annan’s Syria plan that leaves open whether President Bashar Assad can be part of the transition government. Annan said Saturday “it is for … Continue reading

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Analysts Pessimistic About Syria Crisis Talks

On the eve of ministerial talks on Syria, International envoy Kofi Annan says he is optimistic about achieving an acceptable outcome. But, negative comments from Russia and the Syrian government about Annan’s proposed transitional plan for Syria indicate many difficulties … Continue reading

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Amnesty warns against Syria ‘get-out-of-jail-free card’

Amnesty International on Friday urged world leaders at a Geneva conference on the Syrian conflict not to sacrifice human rights for the sake of a political settlement. It called on Saturday’s meeting “not to pursue any policy of issuing amnesty … Continue reading

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Clinton, Lavrov hold talks on Syria; Russian diplomat cites agreement ‘on most things’

The top U.S. and Russian diplomats have held talks on Syria ahead of an international conference on Saturday that aims to ease Syrian President Bashar Assad from power. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey … Continue reading

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Can the Geneva meeting on Syria accomplish anything?

By: Ariel Zirulnick The prospects for the emergency meeting on Syria slated to begin tomorrow looked dim Friday, with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad saying that his country’s war is an “internal issue which has nothing to do with foreign countries.” … Continue reading

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World powers still split over Iran’s participation in Syria talks in Geneva

International mediator Kofi Annan intends to convene a high-level meeting on Syria in Geneva on Saturday, June 30 and is seeking a “common position on the proposed outcomes,” his deputy Jean-Marie Guehenno said on Wednesday, as world powers differed over … Continue reading

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Russia’s Lavrov to attend Syria meeting, if it happens

By: Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will attend a meeting on the escalating conflict inSyria that international mediator Kofi Annan is attempting to organize in Geneva this weekend, Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said on … Continue reading

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