Middle East & Kofi Annan

The Middle East or Mideast is a region that encompasses Western Asia and Northern Africa. Kofi Atta Annan (born 8 April 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006. Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for his founding of the Global AIDS and Health Fund to support developing countries in their struggle to care for their people. 5.0/5

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Wrong calculations of players complicated situation in Iranian Shura Council Spokesman, Ali Larijani, stressed that there are no other means to end the crisis in Syria except the political solution, considering that the wrong calculations of some regional and international players have led to complicating the situation in Syria. "Establishing democracy is impossible to achieve in a country in need for patient political, economic and social reforms by resorting to exporting terrorists, weapons and violence," Larijani said during a meeting with former UN Secretary- General, Kofi Annan, Head of the Rescuing Group delegation on Wednesday. He stressed the importance that the group answer the question on the reason behind the deterioration of the international circumstances, particularly in the Middle East, stressing that after the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, the world has faced the phenomenon of terrorism, whose impact was felt in all continents. For his part, Annan clarified that the delegation's visi ...
(Reuters) - Former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan said on Friday that Iran had an essential role to play in guaranteeing stability in the Middle East and urged U.S. lawmakers to give a diplomatic detente with Tehran a chance.
A YouTube movie sparks violence in the Middle East, John Oliver reports from Egypt, and Kofi Annan shares his views on the Syrian conflict and what it means for the world.
In screwed news...a new report reveals exactly why the Occupy Movement is still desperately needed in America. The report, written by an international commission chaired by Kofi Annan, sends a warning to the world's democracies, specifically the United States, about the corrupting influence of corporations and money in the democratic process. As the reports states, "The rise of uncontrolled political finance threatens to hollow out democracy everywhere and rob democracy of its unique strengths." The report directly calls out our Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which has, "shaken citizen confidence in America's political institutions and elections." As our nation attempts to bring American democracy to the Middle East with mixed results, this new report suggests we should be focusing on restoring our own democracy first, which has undergone a corporate coup de etat. Thom Hartman
Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is expected to be named the new UN envoy for Syria, diplomats say, a week after the resignation of Kofi Annan.
West and Arab Clients Losing Geopolitical Battle in SyriaThe 3rd Millennium crusaders US, UK, France (FUKUS) and other NATO members along with their ‘democracy lover’ Arab clients in Gulf Cooperation Council, Riyadh and Qatar with a zionist Islamists ruled Ankara have been halted at Homs in Syria with stiff military, political and strategic resistance internationally by Moscow and Beijing in UNSC , Islamic Iran and elsewhere. The delicate task of defusing the violent conflict situation and then working out some solution to save face has been entrusted to Kofi Annan , not Washington’s favorite. Kofi had described US led 2003 invasion of Iraq against the UN Charter and hence illegal. So an agreement on Annan is a significant trend in itself.In the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, it has been said that you cannot begin a war against Israel without Egypt and cannot have peace without Syrian participation. The conflict in Syria has many dimensions. Take Note of Aleppo
Syria has long left deliberately ambiguous what exactly it possesses in terms of chemical weapons, with government leaders only rarely discussing them. A United Nations diplomat said that in a meeting this month with Kofi Annan, the special envoy for Syria and former United Nations secretary general, President Bashar al-Assad had also said that any chemical weapons were stored in a safe place. Mr. Assad also told Mr. Annan that they would not be used except in the case of foreign invasion, the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the diplomatic delicacy of the topic. The Syrian leader had said that the weapons had not been mixed yet, so that anyone who captured them would have to know how to combine them. The weapons are considered “binary,” meaning that they do not become lethal until they are mixed. Israel employs a similar ambiguity about its nuclear arsenal — usually stating it will not be the first to deploy nuclear weapons in the Middle East — which is believed to hav ...
Syria crisis is critical juncture for Russia Given the historical background of conflicts in the Middle East, Russia decided to support the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria from the beginning of the unrest in the country in March 2011 in order to counter the West’s interventionist policies in the region. The recent escalation of violence in Syria has created new threats for Russia’s strategic interests, but nevertheless, Moscow continues to support the Syrian government. This was clearly proven during former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan’s recent visit to Russia, in which Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that Moscow would not revise its position toward Syria. On the other hand, if the opposition wins the current battle in Syria, Russia’s position in the region and on the international stage will be seriously undermined. Historically, the Syria crisis should be viewed as a very critical juncture for Russia. If Assad wins the battle, Russia will gain many advantage ...
Russia, US key to last-ditch Syria talks in Geneva GENEVA: Russia's determination to preserve its last remaining ally in the Middle East collided head-on with U.S. and other Western powers' desire to replace Syrian President Bashar Assad with a democracy at a pivotal U.N.-brokered conference on Saturday. Efforts at bridging the Russia-U.S. divide hold the key to international envoy Kofi Annan's plan for easing power from Assad's grip through a political solution that ends 16 months of violence in a country verging on a full-blown civil war, in one of the world's most unstable regions. Without agreement among the major powers on how to form a transitional government for the country, Assad's regime — Iran's closest ally — would be emboldened to try to remain in power indefinitely, and that would also complicate the U.S. aim of halting Iran's nuclear goals. At talks Friday night, top U.S. and Russian diplomats remained deadlocked over the negotiating text to agree on guidelines and principles for "a Syri ...
..Russia and West tussle at Syria peace talks By Stephanie Nebehay and Angus MacSwan | Reuters – .GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia and Western powers locked horns over a peace plan for Syria on Saturday as U.N. mediator Kofi Annan warned the conflict could spread across the Middle East and beyond. Foreign ministers and international diplomats were meeting in Geneva with governments still in dispute over whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, condemned in the West but still backed by Russia, could have any role in a political transition. "The Russians have set out a series of objections with the current draft. The Russians are stonewalling quite a bit," a Western diplomat told Reuters as the talks paused for lunch. "A redraft of the text is looking likely," she said, referring to Annan's draft proposal. Annan, the former U.N. chief and the special international envoy on Syria, is hoping the meeting can salvage his plan for a unity government that would exclude controversial figures from leadership - effectiv ...
Bashar Assad rejects external solution for Syria crisis - why is Kofi Annan still bothering?!
Friday, June 29, 2012 » 06:34am Twin bombs have exploded outside the Palace of Justice in Damascus as deadly violence raged across the country and Turkey reinforced its volatile border with Syria with missile batteries. Ankara's move came as world powers prepared for a crucial meeting on ways to end the raging conflict in Syria and to discuss a plan by peace envoy Kofi Annan for an interim government. The meeting in Geneva, agreed only after wrangling between Moscow and Washington over the agenda and the guest list, will be attended by some regional governments but not by rival Middle East heavyweights Iran and Saudi Arabia. According to a copy of his transition plan, Annan will demand "irreversible" steps by President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian opposition to end the conflict. A blueprint for multiparty elections and an offer for "significant" international funding to rebuild Syria will also be discussed. Russia has poured cold water on the Geneva gathering, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying ...
Sarajevo redux? "Istanbul (CNN) -- Movements of troops and armored vehicles along Turkey's border with Syria are linked to rising tension following Syria's downing of a Turkish jet last week, a Turkish government official said Thursday. The apparent bolstering of its border force comes only two days after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country was changing its military rules of engagement." If Turkey and Syria get into a punch-up, several others will probably jump in on each side. Then the Middle East's only hope would be -- wait for it! -- to parachute in Kofi Annan to get them all to drop their weapons, drink tea and sing "Kumbaya."
The United Nations and Arab League envoy to Syria is to convene a high-level meeting in Geneva amid the worsening situation in the Middle East. The deputy for envoy Kofi Annan said he would hold an "action group on Syria" for June 30, seeking to find a "common position on proposed outcomes". Jean-Marie Guehenno said the six-point plan forged by Mr Annan "is clearly not being implemented." Mr Guehenno's statement to the UN Human Rights Council comes amid a report by UN investigators on the growing numbers of Syrians are being targeted in the country's conflict on account of their religion. UN investigators said they suspect pro-government forces of many of the 108 killings committed in the massacre in the Syrian town of Houla in May. The report said: "The Commission of Inquiry (COI) is unable to determine the identity of the perpetrators at this time, nevertheless the COI considers that forces loyal to the government may have been responsible for many of the deaths." The council was also told that the fore ...
The solution for Humanity Peace plan not implemented in Syria:Annan/siasat www.siasat.com Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League joint special envoy for Syria, has said that his six-point peace plan to end the Middle East country's 16-month crisis had not been implemented, Xin Hua reported
Ah hm Assad, who inherited power from his father in 2000, still has a firm grip on power in Syria some 15 months into a revolt that has torn at the country's fabric and threatened to undermine stability in the Middle East. Activists say as many as 13,000 people have died in the violence. One year after the revolt began, the U.N. put the toll at 9,000, but hundreds more have died since. A cease-fire plan brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan is violated by both sides every day. Fears also have risen that the violence could spread and provoke a regional conflagration. A group known as the Free Syrian Army is determined to bring down the regime by force of arms, targeting military checkpoints and other government sites. A U.N. observer team with nearly 300 members has done little to quell the bloodshed. Al-Qaida-style suicide bombings have become increasingly common in Syria, and Western officials say there is little doubt that Islamist extremists, some associated with the terror network, have made inro ...
msnbc.com World News shared the following link and had this to say about it: Are we heading for an all-out Middle East war? UN envoy Susan Rice thinks it could happen... hopes for Kofi Annan’s peace plan fading, and outrage over massacres building, Ambassador Susan E. Rice suggested Syria’s conflict appeared likely to devel...
Last year, the spring edition of our newsletter was published when the Arab Spring was taking hold across North Africa and the Middle East. Little did we imagine at the time that this dramatic and remarkable turn of events would come to involve Kofi Annan so directly...
UN special envoy Kofi Annan tells the Security Council that Syria is still witnessing unacceptable levels of violence despite a ceasefire being in place since 12 April.
Annan denounces violence in Syria UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan says Syria is still seeing unacceptable lev
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