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Blackout on Syrian Armed Opposition Obligations

Syria must conform to the provisions of the negotiated cease fire agreement; opposition fighters need to be issued the same demands.

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(PORTLAND, OR) - The UN Secretary General is a citizen of South Korean-- a country in a close military alliance with the US and which hosts US military bases-and he seems to regard the US as his sponsor. At the very least, his record demonstrates he is very sensitive to the urging of the US and its supporters.

That’s why the media report generously when he urges Syria to conform to the provisions of the Annan –negotiated cease fire agreement but never asks why he is silent on the obligations of the US-supported armed opposition.

To challenge the blackout, we should frequently refer to the provisions of the agreement that require Annan and his monitors to also confirm that opposition fighters stop "all acts of aggression against Syrian army formations, bases, convoys and infrastructure ... against government agencies, buildings, infrastructure as well as private and public properties" and "commit to stop all illegal activities ... including assassinations, kidnapping or vandalism".


Portland Tribune photo by L.E. Baskow

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