Monday, April 22, 2013

Exclusive: On Syria, Qatar Is Told to Drop Rebels, by Latins, India, South Africa & Malaysia, Letters Put Online Here by Inner City Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive
UNITED NATIONS, April 22 -- After Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on April 19, responding to a Press question about the Al Nusra Front, said that extremism is under-estimated, the Qatar-drafted General Assembly resolution is now the subject of negotiations and letters.
Inner City Press has obtained and is exclusively publishing letters to Qatar about the resolution from Malaysia, a group of six Latin American countries, and the troika of Brazil, India and South Africa.
The Latins -- the Permanent Representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Uruguay -- suggest to Qatar, as do South Africa and India, the inclusion in the draft of war crimes by the opposition, and to “avoid language on the recognition of any opposition group at the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.”
Malaysia wants to “note” and not “welcome” the opposition.
Qatar and other co-drafters including Saudi Arabia are said to want to go forward, thinking that their proposed language on the opposition could set the stage for given the UN seat of Syria to the opposition, just as the Arab League did over the reservations of Algeria and Iraq, and the “dis-association” of Lebanon.
There would be a higher percentage of No votes and abstentions in the UN General Assembly. So what will Qatar and Saudi Arabia do? Watch this site.