Security Council resolution on Syria recipe for civil war
Earnest January 31, 2012
Media DAMASCUS, Syria—Russian Deputy Foreign
Minister Gennady Gatilov says a Western-backed UN Security Council
resolution on Syria will pave the way for a "civil war" in the Arab
Gatilov told Russian media on Tuesday that a draft resolution on
Syria "will not help in the search for a compromise" if it is approved.
"Pushing it through is the path towards civil war," Gatilov added.
On January 27, the UN Security Council met to consider the draft,
which was presented to the UN body by Morocco and supports an Arab
League plan that calls on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign and
hand over power to a deputy to form a national unity government "with
the opposition within two months."
The United States, the United Kingdom and France have supported the new Arab League plan.
Gatilov had earlier said Moscow would "not support any measure which orders Assad to leave office."
Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said in a statement
issued on January 28 that the organization had decided to "immediately
stop the work of the Arab League's mission to Syria" due to "the
critical deterioration of the situation" in the country.The observer mission had been in Syria since December 26, 2011 and
was tasked with monitoring the implementation of the Arab League
resolution to end the unrest in the country.
The Syrian government said on Saturday Damascus "regrets the
decision taken by Arabi to suspend the observer mission" and that the
decision called for "foreign intervention" and encouraged "armed groups
to increase violence."
This is not the first time Russia opposes measures against the Syrian government.
On January 18, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow
was strongly against the imposition of any sanctions against Damascus or
the deployment of foreign troops in Syria.
Lavrov made the remarks after the European Union planned new sanctions against Syria on the same day.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011, with
demonstrations being held both against and in favor of President Assad.
Damascus says "outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups" are
responsible for the unrest, which it says is being orchestrated from
On January 11, Assad joined thousands of government supporters in
the capital Damascus and said Syria will "undoubtedly triumph over