Insights: Syria

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    Security Council Briefing on Syria

    On Thursday, 18 August, Security Council members are expecting a briefing during consultations from Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. It seems Amos is likely to brief the Council on humanitarian...

    posted on WED 17 AUG 2011
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    Security Council Briefing on Syria

    Tomorrow (10 August) Council members will be briefed on Syria by Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez Taranco. This follows up the Council’s decision on 3 August in a presidential statement (S/PRST/2011/16) which requested the Secretary-General to update...

    posted on TUE 9 AUG 2011
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    Continuing Council Consultations on Syria

    It seems possible that the Council may be able to agree on the substance of a text condemning the violence in Syria today. What is still uncertain is the form of the decision. It appears that it could be either...

    posted on WED 3 AUG 2011
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    Consultations on Syria

    Consultations on a possible resolution on the situation in Syria continue this morning at permanent representative level. At yesterday’s briefing by Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez Taranco, Council members were told that on top of 140 people reported killed in...

    posted on TUE 2 AUG 2011
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    Consultations on Syria

    Council members will have consultations on Syria at 5 pm at permanent representative level where they will be briefed by Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez Taranco on the events in Syria over the weekend. The briefing was requested by Germany....

    posted on MON 1 AUG 2011
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    Monthly DPA Briefing on Emerging Issues

    Tomorrow (28 July) Council members will receive their monthly briefing on emerging issues from DPA head, Lynn Pascoe. It seems that tomorrow’s briefing is likely to cover Pascoe’s recent visit to Egypt and Tunisia as well as provide updates on...

    posted on WED 27 JUL 2011
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    Middle East Debate and Syria Developments

    On Tuesday, 26 July, the Council will hold its quarterly open debate on the Middle East. It will be briefed by Robert Serry, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. It seems the stalemated peace process will be...

    posted on MON 25 JUL 2011
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    Briefing by the IAEA

    Tomorrow (14 July) the Council will be briefed by an official from the IAEA on the Syrian nuclear issue. On 9 June in Vienna the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution expressing “serious concern” over “Syria’s lack of cooperation...

    posted on WED 13 JUL 2011
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    Adoption of the UNDOF resolution

    Tomorrow the Council is expected to adopt a resolution renewing UNDOF’s mandate, which expires on 30 June. The Council was scheduled to adopt it today (28 June) but differences over whether and how to address recent events seem to be...

    posted on TUE 28 JUN 2011
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    Draft Resolution on Syria

    This afternoon Council members will be briefed by Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez Taranco in closed consultations. This will be followed by discussions on a draft resolution on the situation in Syria. The resolution was circulated on 25 May by...

    posted on WED 8 JUN 2011
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    Insights on Syria

    The escalation of the Syrian government’s suppression of public protests over the past weeks has led to increased pressure against Syria, including from a number of Council members. The UK and France seem interested in initiating a possible Council response...

    posted on WED 11 MAY 2011
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    Insights on Syria

    Yesterday, (Wednesday, 27 April) having failed to reach consensus on a press statement on the situation in Syria, the Council held a public debate on the Middle East which enabled many members to put on record their concern about ongoing...

    posted on THU 28 APR 2011
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    Insights on Syria

    Council members are expecting a briefing on Syria in informal consultations today (Wednesday, 27 April) from B. Lynn Pascoe. Council members agreed yesterday that a more detailed briefing on Syria was needed following the Secretary-General’s briefing yesterday which covered Syria...

    posted on WED 27 APR 2011
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    Insights on Syria

    Council members are currently considering a draft press statement on Syria circulated this morning and are expected to give their comments on the draft by tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 26 April). It seems the key elements of the press statement include...

    posted on MON 25 APR 2011
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    Insights on a Council visit to the Middle East

    Council members are now consulting with capitals following Russia’s proposal for a Council visit to the Middle East. Yesterday during consultations, Russian Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin announced a proposed Council visit to Israel and Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. Serious...

    posted on WED 9 FEB 2011