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Russian Envoy : We Can Do No More For Assad, Syria Loses Last Grasp Of Status Quo
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Russian Envoy : We Can Do No More For Assad, Syria Loses Last Grasp Of Status Quo

Mikhail Margelov, a senior lawmaker under Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has reported that Russia has reached an end to what it can do for Syrian president Bashar al Assad. Margelov, the Special Envoy to Africa as well as a member of the diplomatic team in Syria, stated that the Russian veto on a resolution with the United Nation's Security Council was meant to be used as a warning sign for Assad to make changes that would allow him to remain in power in Syria without outside intervention but the warning was not heeded.

The resolution, written by several Western countries, condemned the blood crackdown on civilians and protesters in Syria and would have instituted a number of policy changes to address the developing situation there. Russia and China both vetoed the resolution, forcing the need for further exploration on the next step.

The Arab League has announced that new resolution, including an end to Assad's rule there and a call for a new unity government to be created in two month's time. The League's plan also will have heavy weapons removed from Syrian cities, end the attacks on protesters, especially those that are peacefully gathered and are not armed. The Arab League is also asking that foreign human rights workers as well as journalists be allowed back into Syria to document the progress as it is being made.

Syria rejected that plan saying in part that the call for a "new" unity government was a violation of its sovereignty and not at all necessary. President Assad maintains that there is no real crisis in Syria and that many of the numbers being reported outside of the country have been wildly distorted. He blames any semblance of an uprising on terrorists and armed gangs as part of a conspiracy by a "foreign country" with the intention of destabilizing the Syrian government.

Human rights agencies are estimated that at least five thousand people have died since Assad instituted a bloody crackdown nearly ten months ago. Fierce fighting between security forces and civilians have often left the unarmed and unprotected dead and has led to a number of defections from the Syrian army. With new reports that defectors are now fighting alongside the opposition forces, especially in and around the capital city of Damascus, many experts are concerned that an all out, civil war cannot be far off. The Arab League had sent observers into Syria to monitor some of the allegations of human rights abuses. That mission has not been successful with nearly one thousand people killed during the time they were present.


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