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  1. Toughen up on Syria, Paris urges Beijing

    Posted Jul 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Syria crisis is not only a domestic issue now, it is an international problem and it relates to human rights and humanitarian issues. Therefore, the international community needs to take action.' Fabius also said that the use of rhetoric alone was insufficient to push Assad to end Syria's civil war. The French minister's comments follow his American counterpart's ...

  2. News - China - SYRIA

    China steps up diplomacy in Syria crisis

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... began fighting to oust Assad in March last year. Beijing, to deflect criticism and show it is trying to develop a political solution, has sent its own envoys to Syria and has already been ... and meet Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. The ministry said that China was also considering inviting members of the Syrian opposition. "To promote the political solution to the Syria problem, ...

  3. Assad's exile the only way for Syria

    Posted Jul 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... but the thousands of people killed by his army make continued rule, even if opponents are defeated, impossible. For the good of Syria and the region, it is time for him to go quietly. Assad has vowed ... The circumstances are similar, but not the same- Syria, bordering Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, is a decidedly more complex and potentially dangerous situation. Syria has chemical and biological ...

  4. US and Russia are best hope for Syria

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan's peace mission to end the bloody conflict in Syria always had only the slimmest chance of success. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plainly ... Bilateral ties, not Syria, are top of their agenda, but ending the killing and bringing peace to the country has to be a central part of their bargaining. Neither has wanted to get involved, Russia, ...

  5. News - World

    Syrian envoy says country is ready to discuss departure of Bashar al-Assad

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus Syria 'ready to discuss the removal of Assad' Syria said it was ready to hold talks on the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as part ... not to meddle in Syria following Barack Obama's warning to Damascus over its chemical weapons arsenal. According to political sources in Damascus, Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil was sent ...

  6. Syria is too important to be left in isolation

    Posted Apr 05th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The visit to Syria by America's third most important politician, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is grounded in the tried and tested diplomatic logic that the best way ... that Syria is a key nation in bringing stability to Iraq and Lebanon, settling the long-running diplomatic freeze between Iran and the US and finding a solution to the Middle East's most ...

  7. US pressure encourages Syria and Iran to circle the wagons

    Posted Feb 19th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Foreign Editor Increasing American pressure against Iran and Syria is cementing an alliance between the Arab nations that has been building since the 1980s. While analysts ... is not an alliance in the sense of Nato, nor as Syria or Iran would make with Russia or China. Instead, it can be understood in political, economic and diplomatic operations.' Alarm bells rang ...

  8. Talking points

    Posted Sep 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Syria The foreign ministers of Arab nations meet in Cairo to discuss the violent crackdown in Syria. The Arab League on Saturday announced it had reached an agreement with President Bashar ...

  9. Quotes of the week

    Posted Nov 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Communist China is destined for the ash heap of history because they are not a country of virtues Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry An unbalanced recovery would be better than a balanced recession Vice-Premier Wang Qishan, warning that the global economy is in a grim state The conflict will continue... Syria will not bow down Syrian president Bashar al-Assad The worst ...

  10. Everyone wants a piece of Middle East as region moves towards democracy

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... autonomy is both genuine and strong. The democratic development that began 18 months ago in Tahrir Square in Cairo is unlikely to be reversed. The situation in Syria is even more complex. ... The turmoil and violence in Syria stem from power struggles at three different levels- global, regional and domestic. Globally, Nato and Russia jostle for geopolitical advantage. While Nato countries ...




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