Russia’s 3 vetoes kill Annan’s Syria peace plan

Three vetoes of a UN Security Council resolution have left the major powers ready to bury Kofi Annan’s peace plan.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stoutly insisted Saturday that he and special envoy Annan were still looking for ways to end a conflict that Syrian activists say has left more than 19,000 dead.

“We continue to push for a peaceful solution,” Ban declared.

But the strife worsens.

Thousands are pouring across Syria’s borders, Damascus is a city at war and the United States, European countries and the Syrian opposition now say they will look outside the Security Council for ways to pressure Assad.

While the rebel fighters in Syria remain relatively poorly armed, they are increasingly battle-hardened and their morale is being boosted by a growing number of defections from Assad’s regime, diplomats say.

However, Russia and China’s third veto of a Security Council resolution on Syria on Thursday was the death knell for joint UN-Arab League envoy Annan’s six-point peace plan, according to many diplomats and experts.

The resolution, drawn up by Britain, sought to threaten sanctions unless Assad carried out just one provision — to end the use of heavy weapons.

While everyone still professes loyalty to the Annan plan, the blame game over its demise started during the debate.

China’s ambassador Li Baodong said unnamed countries had been “negative” about Annan’s efforts since he started in February. And Russia accused the western countries of seeking a “military intervention” in Syria even though the United States, Britain and France insist they see no way for a new Libya-style operation. US ambassador Susan Rice said the suggestion was “paranoid”.

Many experts see lingering fallout from last year’s Libya campaign — when Russia and China believe they were tricked into allowing a UN-backed military operation — in the current battle over Syria.

“The Russians and the Chinese feel that sanctions was a code for regime change and to some extent they were right,” said Mats Berdal, professor of security and development at Kings College’s War Studies department in London.

“They are not going to give an inch in this case, and that made it very difficult.”

The West in turn blames Russia for blocking appeals by Annan to impose “consequences” for not carrying out the plan which called for a halt to violence as a first step to political talks.

The failure “is no great loss” as it never had a chance of being accepted, said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington-based think tank.

“It would be far better to terminate this effort and establish a new one with the mission of bringing about the exit of the current Syrian regime,” he said.

Richard Gowan, associate director at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, said that “a mixture of dishonesty, intransigence and incompetence has created a disaster.”

“The developments in Damascus and New York now make it clear that the outcome of the Syrian civil war will be decided on the battlefield rather than at the Security Council,” he said.

Some Syrian opposition groups have publicly condemned Annan’s efforts while the main powers have been wary of it for weeks, and it has foundered.

Annan “struggled to shore up his position with renewed overtures to Assad, the Russians and Syria’s friends in Iran,” according to Gowan.

“His courting of Iran infuriated US officials,” he said, noting that the special envoy nevertheless “deserves credit for keeping up his efforts to find an impartial political solution in the face of almost impossible odds.”

But “it would be understandable — and perhaps wise — if he were to stand down after this week’s events,” Gowan added.

Berdal, at Kings College, said Annan’s problems were inevitable “with the Security Council as deadlocked as it is, with the Russians so determined not to give in at all in terms of putting some kind of pressure.”

“He has done as best as he can in a very difficult situation,” said Berdal.

“Some people thought he went too far with the regime. But he always saw that as a first step to moving the process forward and possibly finding some kind of face-saving formula for Bashar al-Assad to leave,” he added.

The globe and mail

  • wargame1

    This is the game they are playing since the beginning of the Syrian uprising. Its call good cop vs bad cop; Russia,China,Iran,Hezbushaitan are bad cop and USA,NATO etc are good cop. They are fighting through UN and the sheriff Cofi Anana and the deputy dog Bunky Moon. 

    The ultimate goal is to keep Dog Bashar in power but the problem is the Syrian uprising which is already seen by people of the world. So they need to play this game is a unique way. They will pretend that they have all good intention to help the Syrian Sunni majority against the Alawite regime but they just cant do it due to the veto of China and Russia. 

    So they decided to make a unity government and Dog Bashar is included!! They put Russia and China on the other side who will guarantee a veto every time the fake effort would be made by UN for an intervention.  So this is how they make “peace”. 

    New problem now arising….the Free Syrian army is doing good and really dont give a hoot to UN or foreign intervention. Now a genuine intervention is on the table to install another pro Iranian puppet regime like they did in Iraq, Afghanistan ,Egypt and Libya. They have been playing this game for centuries but surely there is no guarantee that this will work all the time. Therefore we now would see a back fire on this game inshallah.

    • Moe2000

      Yea sure everything is pro Iran… That’s why the USA and Israel will go to war with Iran any day now… Russia and China do not allow sanctions on Syria because they USA won’t lift them even after Bashar leaves unless the New Syrian government will be pro USA pro Israel or these sanctions will stay forever!!! Russia and China don’t want the New Syrian government to have sanctions and go beg the USA to remove them…. and be there puppets.

    • Moe2000

      Yea sure everything is pro Iran… That’s why the USA and Israel will go to war with Iran any day now… Russia and China do not allow sanctions on Syria because they USA won’t lift them even after Bashar leaves unless the New Syrian government will be pro USA pro Israel or these sanctions will stay forever!!! Russia and China don’t want the New Syrian government to have sanctions and go beg the USA to remove them…. and be there puppets.

    • Moe2000

       It took one year to remove the Libyan sanctions and some are still on till today… They are only removing them when Libya guarantees Oil contracts….

    • Moe2000

       It took one year to remove the Libyan sanctions and some are still on till today… They are only removing them when Libya guarantees Oil contracts….

  • wargame1

    This is the game they are playing since the beginning of the Syrian uprising. Its call good cop vs bad cop; Russia,China,Iran,Hezbushaitan are bad cop and USA,NATO etc are good cop. They are fighting through UN and the sheriff Cofi Anana and the deputy dog Bunky Moon. 

    The ultimate goal is to keep Dog Bashar in power but the problem is the Syrian uprising which is already seen by people of the world. So they need to play this game is a unique way. They will pretent that they have all good intention to help the Syrian Sunni majority against the Alawite regime but they just cant do it due to the veto of China and Russia. 

    So they decided to make a unity government and Dog Bashar is included!! They put Russia and China on the other side who will guarantee a veto every time the fake effort would be made by UN for an intervention.  So this is how they make “peace”. 

    New problem now arising….the Free Syrian army is doing good and really dont give a hoot to UN or foreign intervention. Now a genuine intervention is on the table to install another pro Iranian puppet regime like they did in Iraq, Afghanistan ,Egypt and Libya. They have been playing this game for centuries but surely there is no guarantee that this will work all the time. Therefore we now would see a back fire on this game inshallah.

    • Moe2000

      Yea sure everything is pro Iran… That’s why the USA and Israel will go to war with Iran any day now… Russia and China do not allow sanctions on Syria because they USA won’t lift them even after Bashar leaves unless the New Syrian government will be pro USA pro Israel or these sanctions will stay forever!!! Russia and China don’t want the New Syrian government to have sanctions and go beg the USA to remove them…. and be there puppets.

    • Moe2000

       It took one year to remove the Libyan sanctions and some are still on till today… They are only removing them when Libya guarantees Oil contracts….

  • wargame1

    “In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease: And grievous is the penalty they (incur), because they are false (to themselves).

    When it is said to them: “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “Why, we only Want to make peace!”Of a surety, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realise (it) not.

    When it is said to them: “Believe as the others believe:” They say: “Shall we believe as the fools believe?” Nay, of a surety they are the fools, but they do not know.

    When they meet those who believe, they say: “We believe;” but when they are alone with their evil ones, they say: “We are really with you: We (were) only jesting.”

    Allah will throw back their mockery on them, and give them rope in their trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (To and fro).These are they who have bartered Guidance for error:

    But their traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction,Their similitude is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in utter darkness. So they could not see.

    Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return (to the path).”Quran 2:10-18

    • 5thDrawer

      Wargame … are you quoting that to the Islamists who can’t read the Quran?

  • wargame1

    “In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease: And grievous is the penalty they (incur), because they are false (to themselves).

    When it is said to them: “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “Why, we only Want to make peace!”Of a surety, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realise (it) not.

    When it is said to them: “Believe as the others believe:” They say: “Shall we believe as the fools believe?” Nay, of a surety they are the fools, but they do not know.

    When they meet those who believe, they say: “We believe;” but when they are alone with their evil ones, they say: “We are really with you: We (were) only jesting.”

    Allah will throw back their mockery on them, and give them rope in their trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (To and fro).These are they who have bartered Guidance for error:

    But their traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction,Their similitude is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in utter darkness. So they could not see.

    Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return (to the path).”Quran 2:10-18

    • 5thDrawer

      Wargame … are you quoting that to the Islamists who can’t read the Quran?

  • Fauzia45

    When was this plan alive??True,¨no great loss ¨!!

  • Fauzia45

    When was this plan alive??True,¨no great loss ¨!!