Mon, October 15, 2012
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New Syrian settlement plan to go ?

2012-10-15 01:07:41 GMT2012-10-15 09:07:41(Beijing Time)  SINA English

A new Syrian peace settlement plan has been elaborated by the UN and Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

As reported on Sunday by the BBC, the plan presupposes introduction in Syria of a cease-fire, which will be maintained by an international force, including units from EU countries.

The plan suggests introducing a 3 thousand strong peacekeeper contingent.

According to the BBC, in recent weeks Brahimi held a series of talks, centering on the future composition of the peacekeeping force.

Previously, Brahimi repeatedly stressed that the key to resolving the conflict in Syria is a dialogue, rather than use of military force.

US MidEast policy ‘ugly’ : Moscow

Russia believes the American attempts to interfere in the affairs of Middle East countries including Syria by supplying arms to anti-government rebels make the US policy towards the Middle East ‘morally ugly’.

A senior Foreign Ministry official spoke about this to the press on Sunday after State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland branded Russia’s Syria policy ‘morally bankrupt’.

Syrian terrorists include foreigners

According to Syrian media, some of the terrorists killed by Syrian air attacks on a rebel-defended town straddling the main road from Damascus to Aleppo have proven to be Saudi, Turkish and Yemeni military officers.

In a related development, Syrian government forces are storming rebel positions near Syria’s border with Lebanon.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour has said his government is sending forces to protect the Lebanese-Syrian border.

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