Western leaders threaten Syria after UN warns of regime failing to honour ceasefire

   Apr 20, 3:37 pm

Damascus, Apr 20 (ANI): With the UN warnings that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not honouring terms of a ceasefire, Western leaders have threatened international intervention, including setting up "humanitarian corridors" across Syria.

The Pentagon also warned that "all options" were on the table to resolve the conflict in Syria following assessments from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Briefing the UN Security Council ahead of the Paris Summit, Ban said the situation on the ground in Syria was "highly precarious" and that attacks were on the rise, including the "shelling of civilian areas".

The Telegraph further quoted him, as saying that"grave abuses by government forces" required the regime to immediately pull its heavy military equipment out of cities in accordance with Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan.

On Thursday night, Syria's rebel Free Syrian Army said it was time for outside military intervention even without Security Council approval.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe highlighted that the failure of the Annan plan would lead to "civil war". He said "several hundred" international monitors were needed in Syria to police the ceasefire.

The UN was reported to have agreed to a preliminary deal with Damascus for the deployment of more peace monitors. However it was unclear what access or support they would be given.

In a joint statement, the 14 states allied to the Syrian opposition, said the Annan plan was the "last hope". "Every day that passes means tens of new Syrian civilian deaths. It is time to act," the statement mentioned.

The meeting resolved that the "Friends of Syria" Group, which includes France , the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Qatar would do everything to ensure the success of the UN plan. (ANI)

Putin opposes MH17 tribunal hours before U.N. vote Jul 29, 8:05 pm
New York, July 29 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin has opposed the creation of an international tribunal to prosecute those who shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, hours before a U.N. vote on such a proposal.
Full Story
Bangladesh SC confirms death for war criminal Chowdhury Jul 29, 6:48 pm
Dhaka, July 29 (ANI): The Bangladesh Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of 1971.
Full Story
Tsipras warns of early elections over opposition to key reforms Jul 29, 6:41 pm
New York, July 29 (ANI): Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has warned the radical left Syriza loyalists that he would have to announce early elections if the rebels keep opposing key reforms demanded for a new international bailout.
Full Story
Two Israelis charged for setting part of church on fire Jul 29, 5:51 pm
New York, July 29 (ANI): Two Israeli men, described by authorities as Jewish extremists, were charged on Wednesday for setting fire to part of a church at the site where Christians believe Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY