Travel Diary: Action Group on Syria Meets in Geneva

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July 2, 2012
Secretary Clinton With Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan in Geneva

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On June 30, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Geneva, Switzerland for the meeting on the Action Group on Syria. After the meeting, Secretary Clinton said, "As you've just heard from Special Envoy Annan, today the international community came together to endorse a plan for a democratic transition in Syria that aims to end the violence and pave the way for a post-Assad unity government.

"Kofi Annan called this meeting to mobilize the political will needed to implement his six-point plan. And after a long day of intense discussions, the next steps are clear."

Secretary Clinton continued, "No one has any illusions about the difficulties ahead. We are dealing with not only a murderous regime in a combustible region, but the potential for that region to be gravely affected by the continuance of this violence. But the stakes of inaction by the international community are just too high. If Syria spirals further into civil war, not only will more civilians die, not only will more refugees stream across the borders, but instability will most certainly spill into neighboring states.

"Kofi Annan has offered a plan to avoid that path, and we should spare no effort to support him. The United States will not waiver in our conviction that the future of Syria belongs to the Syrian people. They deserve our support and the support of every nation, so we will press ahead, building on what was accomplished today, pursuing every diplomatic avenue, and playing a leadership role in resolving this crisis that has gone on too long."

In answer to a question, Secretary Clinton said, "...Every day that has gone by without unity on the Security Council and among the states gathered here has been a day that has given comfort to Assad and his cronies and supporters. What we have done here is to strip away the fiction that he and those with blood on their hands can stay in power. The plan calls for the Assad regime to give way to a new transitional governing body that will have full governance powers.

"Now, in deciding to accept the minor textual changes, we and our partners made absolutely clear to Russia and China that it is now incumbent upon them to show Assad the writing on the wall. I do not believe that anyone in the Assad regime ever thought we could come out with a unified statement today expressing not only the concerns but a path forward that would include Russia and China. And he needs to hear loudly and clearly that his days are numbered.

"Russia and China have also pledged to start helping Kofi Annan find a way forward and work to use their leverage in order to establish the transitional governing body. We, of course, will do our part as well, because this transitional governing body will only succeed if it is composed of men and women who are beyond reproach."

You can read more about Secretary Clinton's travel at www.state.gov.

Comments

Comments

Donna M.
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Ohio, USA
July 5, 2012

Donna in Ohio writes:

I was just wondering,what kind of Plan,does Secretary Clinton Have,For people like myself.I have a War Conflict Name Change,that my 10 uncles set forth,for the Protection and Well being of my family.I live in Northeast,Ohio(USA).So far i have seen,Much to Much,Ignorance across the Board.So,What plan does Secret Service have,to improve Behavior Problems?What plan does the Air Marshalls Have,To Improve Behavior Problems?What about Politicians like Senator Edwards,and his Trio of Idiots?These people are suppose to put Americans First.I Just do not feel Safe..At All,Anymore.This shouldn't happen..Should It?

Akhmed
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Russia
July 2, 2012

Akhmed in Russia writes:

enough meetings , syrian people needs doings , minimum give them guns

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 5, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

"The plan calls for the Assad regime to give way to a new transitional governing body that will have full governance powers."

Speaking as one who has strived to strip away the fiction as well for going on a year or more now in the same context, I gotta say this is where the rubber meets the road.

The lack of enforcement of that "call" for Assad and his regime to step down is tantamount to having Koffe Annan holding out a diplomatic begging bowl and hoping Assad will contribute to peace.

As well, I gotta advise folks that what comes after and how challenging that is to create as you'd like it to be and as the Syrian people hope it could be, has everything to do with how you get there from here as far as how "regime replacement therapy" is concerned in inplementation as a process, peaceful or otherwise.

This is beyond any Earthly concern of the dead at this point.

But for the living, there is a duty to perform for all of humanity.

Long before there was an international outcry over Russian arms sales to Assad I was suggesting here on Dipnote that they could look like hero's to the rest of the international community if only the Russians would play the part of the "repo man" and go collect all those Russian/Soviet made weapons and hardware along with his stockpiles of chemical munitions being "in breach of contract", in their usage upon the Syrian people.

The Russians insist that the Syrian people should go it alone without any outside "interference" to decide Assad's fate.

Well I appreciate Akhmed in Russia's comment because it gives me hope there's at least one person in Russia who thinks a level playing field would be desirable, but I think the key is to eliminate anyone's capacity to make war by taking the weapons away from the folks who can't play nice with the other kids.

Never mind the fact that having a peaceful political transition in the aftermath of Assad's violent downfall will be a lot harder while everyone is holding weapons.

While it may be in the absence of any Russian effort to halt arms sales or better yet actively remove any Russian made equipment and personel from Syria that other nations seek to level the playing field by arming the opposition, the end result without outside military "peacemaking" via overwhelming force to stop the slaughter will most likely be a Syria that has been set back several decades in progress and development via civilian infrastructure damage and rampant long term PTSD throughout the majority of its surviving population.
If that is not already the case after this has been going on for a over a year now.

If at this point the Russiand have seen the writing on the wall, and are going to make a sincere effort to share that writing that "he must go." with him, then they still have a chance to mend fences with the Syrian people if by some miracle they convince Assad to step down peacfully and I wish Mr. Lavrov good luck with that.

And if successful, he may find himself in agreement with me that the best way for Russia to gain influence and respect globally is by dealing with one's national karma responsibly when it comes knocking on your door afer years of supporting a brutal dictatorship and arming it to the teeth when he's become a rabid dog on the loose.

EJ

Brian S.
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Colorado, USA
July 5, 2012

Brian in Colorado writes:

Madam Secretary,
if you want to tamp down violence in Syria, you could start by lobbying the President to cut off CIA funding for al-Qaeda in Syria.

palgye
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South Korea
July 5, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

ObamaCare
- I am absolutely in favor. In terms of health care .....

Clearly, the U.S. House of Representatives passed it difficult to believe. If you pass, approximately 3-5% of American voters support the Democratic Party will likely suspect. But will it pass?

Then, you need to pass in the Senate of the United States, which is absolutely think you need help. Are you willing to help me? Obviously, President Obama, to thank, to prepare a small gift, but .....

placed67
July 5, 2012

W.W. writes:

another waste of time

the real issue is in the west that don't want to remove an cancel from humanity criminal leading families -

Syria Files :

finmeccanica supporting and selling to assad

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 9, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

BBC news item

(excerpt)

"http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18761264""Meanwhile President Assad has accused the US of trying to destabilise Syria.

He said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD that the US was "part of the conflict" and was giving political support to "gangs" trying to "destabilise" his country.

The remarks were provided by the station ahead of the transmission of the interview later on Sunday."

---end

I think it is historicly correct to say that there exists a parameter common to all totaliitarian regime's existance that if it cannot find an "enemy" from without to justify it's rhetoric, it inevitably will seek to identify an "enemy" within its borders to justify its atrocious behavior and ill intent, lies and if Assad seeks to use such an argument, I think it only serves to illuminate to the entire rest of the world just how out of touch with reality Assad actually is.

While it may be said at this point that in calling for his "diplomatic retirement"( if I may call it that for lack of a better way to describe what the Annan plan calls for him to do of his own volition and step down), it is in the abject denial that he himself has been the leading cause of the instability in Syria that his claims are of a "psycotic", or as existing in a imaginary reality that somehow the US orchestrated all this from the get-go.

It is also the practice of the weak to try and appear strong, which is why the Syrian navy is conducting excercises with live ammo in the Med. , trying to send the message that they're ready to take on all aggressors.

And the only reason he's doing this is because no one has stepped on that boy's neck yet.

And that's this week's "bottom line".

I just wish it wasn't so darned hard to simply have Assad committed to a mental institution by international decree.

Maybe that's the subject for a future UNSC debate as to when it becomes their common responsibility to determine "fitness to rule" on the international stage.

And the methods employed in achieving timely "regime replacement therapy".

( if the State dept. has a better label to coin their policy towards the Syrian government with than this, I suggest they use it or find one because the tired worn-out 'ol "regime change" obviously doesn't work for you guys, but your detractors and the press seem to have nothing better to call it, so you might as well offer them something fittingly accurate to roll out as an alternative 21st century lexicon, in order to even begin to address what it is you (and the Syrian people) are trying to achieve in having Assad step aside.

As well to explain the term to folks that "regime replacement therapy" is nothing to be afraid of as every democracy practicises it inherently via term limits in office and by the popular vote and electorial process of determining a stable change in leadership on a regular predictable basis.

That it is only used in the context of a chapter 7 resolution ( and applied use of the force of arms) when it has been self-evidently determined that not only is a leader and/or his "regime total" is unfit to serve the people, but that he represents an imminent threat to their existance should he continue in power, as well as representing an imminent national security threat to surrounding nations.

I don't know any other way to begin to change the mindset prevelent that fails to achieve consensus within the international community, but words matter, and the intent of them must be made clear to all.

Assad wants to "test" the willingness of nations to remove him by force?

Well some idiots try to commit suicide by cop...I guess it's no different on the world stage when an idiot wants to commit suicide by government...folks will try to talk him out of it, but ultimately if the perp is going to pull a weapon or seek to do harm, he's going to get his wish.

And since the Russians don't feel the need to taze him, put him in a strait jacket and have the men in white coats and butterfly nets look after him, this could get ugly, way more that it is now.

On the other hand, there's always the possibility folks will get a grip before things go to hell in hurry.

Thus concludes EJ's rude and crude "week in review"

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