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Friday, August 3, 2012

Syria: Annan resigns, Beijing hedges its Bets

The Syrian government and opposition reacted to UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan‘s announcement that he would end his work by the end of the month, reports Xinhua:

In a statement published on August 2, the Syrian foreign ministry expressed deep regret. The statement emphasized that the Syrian government had always worked for the implementation of Annan’s six-point resolution plan for the Syrian crisis, to solve the crisis by political means and dialog.

叙利亚外交部2日发表声明称,对于安南辞去特使职务,叙方深表遗憾。声明强调,叙政府一直致力于执行安南提出的解决叙利亚危机的六点和平建议,通过政治对话的方式解决叙利亚危机。

The statement says that the Syrian government had always maintained good cooperation with the UN monitoring mission. But some countries, despite verbal promises to support Annan’s peace proposals, had in fact acted to the contrary. The statement also points out that the Syrian government would continue to  combat terrorism within the Syrian borders, and protect the safety of civilians and property.

声明说,叙政府一直同联合国叙利亚监督团保持良好的合作。但一些国家虽然口头承诺支持安南的和平建议,实际行动恰恰相反。声明还指出,叙利亚政府将继续打击境内的恐怖主义,保护平民与财产安全。

At the same time, Hassan Abdel Azim, general coordinator of Syria’s biggest opposition party, the “Syrian National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change”, told a Xinhua reporter that Annan’s departure meant that the peace proposals had failed, the main reason of which was that the armed conflict between the Syrian government’s and the oppositional forces had never stopped. He said that hopes for a peaceful resolution were now very distant, and Syria would fall into full civil war.

另一方面,叙国内最大的反对派政党联合组织“叙利亚全国民主变革力量民族协调机构”总协调员哈桑·阿卜杜·阿济姆对新华社记者说,安南的离任意味着和平建议宣告失败,其主要原因是叙利亚政府与反对派武装之间一直冲突不断。他说,政治解决叙利亚危机的希望已经非常渺茫,叙利亚将陷入全面的内战。


Huanqiu Shibao:

According to RIA Novosti, a leading Syrian oppositional believes that the international community is responsible for Annan resignaton as the UN and Arab-League special envoy.

据俄新社8月3日消息,叙利亚反对派一名领导人日前对安南辞去联合国-阿盟联合特使职位发表看法,他认为,导致安南使命失败的责任在国际社会。

One of the “National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change” leaders, Hassan Abdel Azim, said that “Annan was the United Nations’ and the Arab League’s special envoy, but didn’t get the support the international community should have given him”. He believed that on the one hand, Russia and China hadn’t exerted pressure on the Assad regime, and on the other, America, the West, Turkey, and some Arab countries hadn’t put pressure on the armed opposition, and therefore hadn’t been able to to get the crisis onto a political track.

叙利亚反对派团体“全国民主变革力量民族协调机构”领导人之一哈桑•阿卜杜•阿济姆说:“安南是联合国和阿盟的联合特使,却没有获得国际社会的应有支持。”他认为,一方面,俄罗斯和中国未向巴沙尔政权施压,另一方面,美国、西方、土耳其和一些阿拉伯国家未向反对派武装施压,未能将危机转入政治轨道。

[…] He said: “military confrontation within Syria will decide the outcome. The winner will be decided in the violence between the government and the armed opposition”.

[…..] 他说:“叙利亚的命运将取决于国内军事对立的结果,将在当局的暴力和反对派武装的反暴力中决出胜者。”

Reading Chinese media leaves the impression that the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change is the opposition group Beijing believes it can do business with (to use the old Thatcher quote), if the need arises.

National Coordination Committee members visited Beijing in February this year and had words of praise for China’s just position on Middle East affairs at the time. An informal or – just as possible – semi-official blogger suggested in February that Beijing had previously lost ground in Libya for its cool relations with Gaddafi’s opponents, and had become smarter by the Libyan experience.

Hassan Abdel Azim (apparently also referred to as Hussein Abdel Azim) is seen as a Nasserist, i. e. an Arab nationalist and socialist, rather than an Islamist.

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