by our Arab Affairs correspondent
NEW imperialist moves to get United Nations approval for Nato aggression in Syria have been again been rebuffed by the Russians, who are stressing their continuing support for the efforts of UN envoy, Kofi Annan, and his six-point plan to end the violence.
Anglo-American and Franco-German imperialism synchronised moves this week to exploit the bloodshed in Houla, which many Syrians believe was instigated by the Muslim Brothers and their Al Qaeda allies to provide a pretext for imperialist intervention. Syrian diplomats were expelled from Britain, America, France, Germany and a number of their Nato allies, including Canada and Australia amid Syrian reports that the rebel “Free Syrian Army” is being directly armed by Nato.
But in Moscow, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said: “We are categorically against any intervention in the Syrian conflict from the outside, as this would only worsen the situation and would lead to unpredictable consequences both for Syria itself and the region on the whole”.
Gatilov added that Russia thinks any new UN Security Council pressure measures on Syria are premature, asserting that Russia will veto any proposal for foreign military interference in Syria at the UN Security Council.
And Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has openly accused “foreign powers” and the Syrian opposition of obstructing the implementation of the Annan peace plan. Lavrov said that there is concern that some countries are encouraging the rebels to break the ceasefire to then use terrorist actions in Syria as an excuse to call for military intervention.
Lavrov said that talk of the removal of President Bashar al-Assad threatens the implementation of the UN peace plan. He expressed “deep concern” that the UN-Arab League initiative “is being fulfilled unsatisfactorily,” but emphasised that regime change was not the answer.
This was backed up by People’s China, which has joined Russia in the past to veto imperialist plans for regime change in Syria. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin reiterated on Wednesday his county’s stance, which rejects military intervention in Syria’s internal affairs, pointing out that Beijing rejects using force to bring about change in Syria.
Weimin called for an investigation into the al Houla events and said he hoped that the visit of the UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, would help ease the tension and push all parties to implement the peace plan.
In Syria demonstrations were held over the weekend across the country in support of the Syrian government’s efforts to crush the terror gangs. During a demonstration in Damascus, thousands of people expressed their rejection of foreign intervention and condemned the violent groups that are trying to provoke civil war.
The demonstrators chanted slogans in support of the Syrian Arab Army, emphasising their sacrifice to preserve the dignity and pride of country. And in other cities across Syria protesters vowed to stand firm and support the reform process introduced by the government of President Bashar al Assad.
In Damascus the Syrian Human Rights Network (SHRN), not to be confused with the British-based “Syrian Human Rights Observatory” that supports the rebels, has condemned media instigation against Syria for escalating violence and arousing hatred.
The Network added in a statement on Wednesday that these provocations were a breach of human rights and the UN Charter.
The Syrian Human Rights Network said the expulsion of Syrian diplomats because of a massacre committed by armed terrorist groups, which citizens and families in Taldao and the neighboring villages have confirmed, was a policy of double-standards that will directly hinder the implementation of the Annan plan The Network added that the international resolutions that have been issued regarding the crisis in Syria were usually unilateral, contrary to reality and in violation to the principles of human rights, warning that this would lead to the termination of the UN role and take the international system back to chaos.