This Friday Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief recommended the UN Security Council that its Syria monitoring mission should focus to secure a political solution to the conflict that has killed over 17,000 people.
The divided council must make a decision on what to do with the UN mission in Syria, known as UNSMIS, before July 20 when its mandate expires. The council is now scheduled to reach a decision through a vote on July 18.
Meanwhile the international conflicts over Syria were laid bare today as Kofi Annan issued a blunt warning that world powers must end their “destructive competition” over the future of Bashar al-Assad regime. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton the US State secretary demanded that Russia and China “get off the sidelines” and support the Syrian people.
Clinton seized a conference of the Friends of Syria group in Paris to demand that Russia and China join the three western members of the UN Security Council to end the conflict. The Friends of Syria group have promised to “massively increase” aid to Syria’s rebels. AV