Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has committed ‘grave, perhaps fatal error’ and that chances of him retaining power are getting “smaller and smaller” every day. Medvedev made the statements in an interview with CNN. His remarks were the most vocal Russian statement that Assad’s days could be numbered.
Lebanese interior minister Marwan Charbel and United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon Robert Watkins inked an agreement to implement international standards in the upcoming 2013 parliamentary elections , reforming the electoral system and government in Lebanon .
Hu Jintao, the outgoing president, opened the 18th Party Congress with promises of more economic miracles, but little of genuine political or social reform. “We must not take the treacherous road of changing flags and banners,” he said. Beneath a 20ft-tall hammer and sickle
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused his one-time ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of autocratic behaviour, saying that such an approach would not serve peace. “So far, I haven’t seen him approach reforms with a democratic understanding. He is still approaching issues with … an autocratic approach,”
DAMASCUS: Syrian forces pressed a relentless assault on the protest city of Homs on Wednesday, with dozens of civilians reported killed, hours after President Bashar al-Assad said he was committed to ending the bloodshed. The barrage of gunfire, mortars and shells was launched at daybreak and continued during the day.
Progressive Socialist Party MP Akram Chehayeb said on Sunday that Lebanon needs “real reform” and accused MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform parliamentary bloc of faking reforms. “The country needs real reform at a time where many people are faking reforms while they need to change and reform,” National News Agency quoted him as saying, […]
Western nations are trying to unleash “total chaos” in Syria that will lead to the break-up of the country, Syria’s foreign minister told the UN on Monday. With Europe and the United States pressing for UN Security Council sanctions against Syria, Foreign Minister Walid Muallem
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Arabi said yesterday that he and Syrian President Bashar al- Assad have agreed on a series of measures to apply political reforms in Syria, Al Arabiya television reported. The measures will be presented to an Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo, el-Arabi said during a brief news conference
The US Ambassador to Syria, Robert S. Ford, insisted he will continue to travel throughout the country and meet Syrians, and predicted that if the Syrian regime does not quickly address local protesters’ demands for reform “the street will wash them away,” adding that most of the regime’s current reform promises have been “irrelevant.”
Allowing opposition figures to meet openly was an attempt to show the world Syria is serious about reform, if only it were true