Syria’s SNC slams new UN envoy comments on Assad

The opposition Syrian National Council described as “unacceptable” on Sunday comments by new UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi that it was too soon for him to call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

“The revolutionary Syrian people were shocked and dismayed by Mr Lakhdar Brahimi’s statements,” the exiled opposition group.

“We call on the international envoy who has not yet consulted with any Syrians on his appointment or his mission to apologise to our people for taking this unacceptable position,” it added.

Brahimi’s comments only served to give Assad’s government a “licence to kill tens of thousands more Syrians,” the SNC said.

In an interview with the Reuters news agency, the veteran Algerian diplomat, named on Friday to replace former UN chief Kofi Annan, said it was too soon for him to follow his predecessor in saying that Assad must leave office.

“It’s much too early for me to say. I don’t know enough about what is happening,” the news agency quoted him as saying.

Brahimi’s appointment by the UN Security Council was welcomed by the West as well as Assad’s traditional allies, Russia and China, although the White House said it would be seeking clarifications on the terms of his mandate.

The controversy came as UN observers deployed to oversee an abortive peace plan brokered by Annan prepared to wrap up their mission in Syria on Sunday as violence continued to rage.

More than 23,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against Assad’s rule broke out in March last year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says. The UN puts the death toll at 17,000.

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  • dateam

    well the snc have already been snubbed by clinton?????????

  • dateam

    well the snc have already been snubbed by clinton?????????

  • breakthemould

    The saying it takes 2 to tango applies here, I would have thought. If the deal is to get Assad to say good by from day one then there is no need for Lakhdar. Assad just goes. But the thing needs even if Assad to go and go quickly which I would love but the whole thing needs to be at a managed speed and order. Otherwise, good by any order and welcome disorder and more killing, Syria the new Iraq. We have to find a way where revenge is not practiced and lives are saved. Can this be done??? who shall we ask. Wake up every one 23,000 dead is far far to many. Do some people want to see 100,000 ? that is a sad state of affairs and sad way of thinking. Think Mandela if you can or half Mandela.  There has to be hope for better Syria, more peaceful. Law and order, and accountability. Otherwise we will get another Assad in the goodness of time. So, perhaps we should negotiate Assad’s exit and make it orderly.

  • breakthemould

    The saying it takes 2 to tango applies here, I would have thought. If the deal is to get Assad to say good by from day one then there is no need for Lakhdar. Assad just goes. But the thing needs even if Assad to go and go quickly which I would love but the whole thing needs to be at a managed speed and order. Otherwise, good by any order and welcome disorder and more killing, Syria the new Iraq. We have to find a way where revenge is not practiced and lives are saved. Can this be done??? who shall we ask. Wake up every one 23,000 dead is far far to many. Do some people want to see 100,000 ? that is a sad state of affairs and sad way of thinking. Think Mandela if you can or half Mandela.  There has to be hope for better Syria, more peaceful. Law and order, and accountability. Otherwise we will get another Assad in the goodness of time. So, perhaps we should negotiate Assad’s exit and make it orderly.

    • bs244846

      you people are simple minded and understand nothing about politics….you just behave instinctively with a motor drive located between the butts….dont you see why this war is happening in syria???oh my gosh these people are more stupid than my toes…dont you see a plan aimed to divide the area into mini confessional states where the alawis will have their share of the cake and that is in the worst scenario if the horse you are beting on, namely USA, succeeds in its plans…and still you are talking like idiots about assads departure….even if assad wants to go the alawis wont allow him and there will be a putsch against him from the alawi side…so stop thinking from your tail end and try to use your brains before they rust if any brain remnants you still have

      • breakthemould

         BS – I wonder why you find it necessary to insult others when you want to make a comment. Can you not express your point of view without insults and bad language? I respect your point of view but will understand it better if you express it with a little respect to other people’s point of view without the insults.

        • bs244846

          if you felt hurt by my harsh word and i admit in my present reply i was a bit harsh, i apologse…but in this blog i am being bombarded by almost everybody right and left…even an ignoramus erectus like 5thdrawer called me all different types of names while other were overtly insulting using big big big words,yet none reacted…when i used idiots to qualify a state where people keep on calling and wishing and betting on assads departure, while logically and i believe you said it yourself he is unlikely to leave now, you are accusing me of being rude and gross….again i did not mean to hurt you as a person and i was not really aiming at you and if you felt hurt my apologies

        • 5thDrawer

          I suppose I should be happy he was able to recognize SOME of my ‘insults’.

        • breakthemould

           BS
          Thank you. I accept your apology.

        • dateam

          breakthemould there actually is some merit although i wouldnt express it the way bs does in what his saying….in 1982 odod yonin who was an israeli strategist put forward a proposal to break up the middle east into sectarian lines in order to weaken the countries around israel…check it out on youtube(odid yonin theres even a map for lebanon). israels idea of the 1982 invasion was to create this and it obviously didnt work….see the theory behind it is that israel wants a pure jewish state…if it shows the world that look the arabs cant live together ie christians,sunnis,shiites,druze then they are justified in having a pure jewish state…this way they kill 2 birds with one stone because they get their state and they get little statelets around them that will be weak and no threat…just a thought

        • bs244846

          well i apologised from breakthemould not for insults because i never attack by insults, i apologised because he obviously felt hurt by my harsh words whereas he never attacked me before…as far as 5thEinstein is concerned, i never attacked that person before… 5thEinstein started attacking me, an unwarranted uncalled for cheap attack….i just retaliated…actually i am the one awaiting apologies from 5thEinstein and not the opposite