Syrian peace talks could be held on November 23, but not without “credible opposition” participation, top diplomats said on Sunday, as a truck bomb in central Syria killed more than 30 people.Sunday, 20 October, 2013, 6:41pm
The head of the United Nations on Sunday named Sigrid Kaag to lead the UN’s joint mission with the chemical weapons watchdog tasked with eliminating Syria’s arsenal, diplomats said.14 Oct 2013 - 9:04pm
When the guns fall silent in Syria and the killing eventually stops, a key part of helping a traumatised people rebuild and heal will be bringing to justice those behind years of shocking brutality.14 Oct 2013 - 9:03pm
The United States and Russia have agreed to press the United Nations to set a date for a Syria peace conference sometime in the second week of November, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday after talks with his Russian counterpart.8 Oct 2013 - 11:38am
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could take “credit” for swiftly moving to eliminate his regime’s chemical arms, top US diplomat John Kerry said on Monday, after UN experts began destroying Syria’s missile warheads and aerial bombs.7 Oct 2013 - 1:10pm 2 comments
Experts yesterday began the process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons arsenal under the terms of a UN resolution that will see Damascus relinquish its banned weapons, an official said.7 Oct 2013 - 3:51am
Twenty inspectors from a Netherlands-based chemical weapons watchdog crossed into Syria from Lebanon on their way to Damascus to begin their complex mission of finding, dismantling and ultimately destroying an estimated 1,000-ton chemical arsenal.2 Oct 2013 - 5:06am
An airstrike on a high school in a rebel-held city of northern Syria killed 12 people, most of them pupils, on Sunday, a monitoring group said.
“The Syrian air force bombed a technical high school in the city of Raqa, killing 12 people, most of them children under 18, and wounding many other people, some of them seriously,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.30 Sep 2013 - 7:54pm 1 comment
US President Barack Obama appealed to the United Nations on Tuesday to back tough consequences for Syria if it refuses to give up chemical weapons and urged Russia and Iran to end their support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.25 Sep 2013 - 11:02am
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad criticised the United States for threatening to attack Syria over its chemical weapons programme, saying it was finding “excuses for war”, China’s state television said on Monday.23 Sep 2013 - 8:21pm 1 comment
Defiant strongman Bashar Al-Assad promised on Wednesday he would surrender Syria’s chemical weapons but warned it would take at least a year to do so and cost one billion dollars.
His latest appearance came as UN envoys debated a draft resolution that would enshrine a joint US-Russian plan to secure and neutralise his banned weapons in international law.19 Sep 2013 - 10:18am
The United States on Tuesday accused Russia of ignoring the facts surrounding a poison gas attack in Syria, highlighting tensions between the West and Moscow over how to eliminate the country’s chemical weapons.18 Sep 2013 - 1:07pm
China said on Tuesday that it would take a serious look at a report by UN investigators which confirmed the use of sarin nerve agent in an August 21 gas attack outside the Syrian capital.
The long-awaited UN report did not say who launched the attack, though US, British and French envoys said technical details in it pointed to Syrian government culpability.17 Sep 2013 - 6:18pm
UN leader Ban Ki-moon yesterday told the UN Security Council that the use of chemical weapons in Syria was a "war crime" and demanded the threat of sanctions to back a plan to destroy the arms. This came as Turkey said it had downed a Syrian military helicopter, accusing it of violating its airspace.17 Sep 2013 - 6:59am
US Secretary of State John Kerry continues a diplomatic offensive in Europe on Sunday to win backing for military strikes in Syria, after Washington and Paris said support for action was growing.8 Sep 2013 - 4:34pm 1 comment