The Uni­ted Nations on Thursday named its former leader Kofi Annan as the international troubleshooter to try to end the Syrian government’s deadly crackdown on protests.As special envoy for the UN and Arab League, Annan will “provide good offices aimed at bringing an end to all violence and human rights violations, and promoting a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis,” the two bodies said in a statement.

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Feb 24, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

The United Nations in agreement with the Arab League has appointed the former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan as special envoy on the Syrian crisis.

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Feb 24, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Les diplomates sont nombreux à en parler comme de "la tentative diplomatique de la dernière chance". Quelques heures avant que l'émissaire spécial de l'ONU et de la Ligue arabe pour la Syrie, Kofi Annan, n'entame sa mission, samedi 10 mars à Damas, l'humeur au siège des Nations unies était à l'optimisme prudent.

Lit l'article par Le Mondce ici .

Mar 10, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

The United Nations has deployed more than 200 unarmed observers to Syria who are monitoring a month-old cease-fire that appears to be in jeopardy of collapse. Increasingly, the U.N. monitors are getting caught up in the violence.

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May 17, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Bodies are piling up in Syria while President Bashar al-Assad sits entrenched in his palace, but the international powers say there is no alternative to UN observers watching a non-existent ceasefire.

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May 18, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Creating aid corridors in Syria to protect civilians from government troops or considering air attacks on President Bashar al-Assad’s forces would be “premature, to say the least,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said yesterday.

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May 15, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

The massacre of more than 100 people in a Syrian village could be a watershed for President Bashar al-Assad and UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, with the latter's credibility at stake.

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May 28, 2012
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

The United Nations suspended its monitoring mission in Syria on Saturday, a day after the chief observer there warned that spiraling bloodshed was hindering the ability of his team to fulfill its obligations.

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Jun 16, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Syria would face United Nations sanctions under a Security Council resolution drafted by Western powers seeking to overcome Russian resistance to measures that would hasten the fall of President Bashar al-Assad.

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Jun 11, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Kofi Annan knew he was taking on a "mission impossible" when he started his campaign to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to halt the Syrian war.

Read the full American Free Press (AFP) article here

Aug 02, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security