Excerpts: Russia:Peace in Syria postponed ‘indefinitely’. Embarrassing
U.S.election November 01, 2016
+++SOURCE: Al Arabiya 1 Nov.’16:”Russia:Peace in Syria postponed
‘indefinitely’ “,by Staff Writer with AFP and Reuters
SUBJECT:Russia:peace in Syria postponed ‘indefinitely’
EXCERPTS:As the United Nations warned on Tuesday[1 Nov] that all sides may
be committing war crimes in Aleppo, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
on Tuesday [1 Nov]accused the US-led coalition in Syria of failing to rein
in hardline rebels, making the chance of a political settlement remote.He
said the coalition was “putting spokes in the wheel” of Russia’s military
operation in the country and failing to “act in unison.”“As a result, the
prospect of the start of a political settlement and a return of the Syrian
people to peaceful life has been postponed indefinitely,” he said at a
televised meeting with top brassHe said rebels were shooting “dozens of
peaceful civilians” every day for attempting to use humanitarian corridors
set up by Russia out of rebel-held eastern Aleppo, which so far have seen
only a trickle of people leave.“Is that really opposition you can come to an
agreement with?” he said. . . .
Moscow has been conducting a bombing campaign in Syria in support of
long-time ally Bashar al-Assad since September 2015.
Russia has now ceased air strikes on eastern Aleppo for 16 days, Shoigu
said, after criticism over a Russian-backed Syrian government assault that
has killed hundreds of civilians and destroyed infrastructure including
Defiantly hitting back at Western opposition to Russian warships using
European ports en route to Syria, Shoigu called on Western countries to
“decide who they are really fighting: terrorists or Russia.”Russia’s battle
group led by nuclear-powered Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser has now entered the
Mediterranean, Shoigu said.“Our ships’ voyage caused a sensation among our
Western partners,” Shoigu said, adding that Russia was “particularly amazed
by the position of certain countries which under pressure from the US and
NATO publicly announced a refusal for our warships to enter their ports.”……
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said on Tuesday[1 Nov] Russia will not
be able to prolong a moratorium on air strikes against targets in Syria’s
Aleppo if rebels in the city continue their attacks on the ground.
“At the moment the pause is continuing, the exit of the civilian population
from eastern Aleppo is being enabled, conditions are being created for
humanitarian aid,” Peskov told a conference call with reporters.
“But all that is impossible if the terrorists continue to fire on
neighborhoods, humanitarian aid routes, launch attacks, and continue to hide
behind a (human) shield. That will not permit the continuation of the
humanitarian pause.” ……..
Meanwhile, UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a regular UN
briefing in Geneva on Tuesday[1 Nov] that all sides fighting over the Syrian
city of Aleppo may be committing war crimes through indiscriminate attacks
in civilian areas.
Last week insurgents launched an offensive against government-held western
Aleppo, more than a month into an operation by the army to retake the city’s
rebel-held eastern districts, which it had already put under siege
The UN estimates 250,000-275,000 civilians are trapped and 8,000 rebel
fighters holed up in the eastern part.
“All parties in Aleppo are conducting hostilities that are resulting in
large numbers of civilian casualties and creating an atmosphere of terror
for those who continue to live in the city,” Shamdasani said.
Over the weekend, the UN documented the deaths of more than 30 civilians,
including 10 children, as well as dozens of injuries, resulting from strikes
by mortars, rockets and other improvised explosive devices on western
Aleppo, she said.“The reported use of ground based missiles, along with the
use of armed vehicles loaded with explosives, used in an area containing
more than 1 million civilian inhabitants, is completely unacceptable and may
constitute a war crime,” Shamdasani said.
“Strikes against hospitals, schools, market places, water facilities and
bakeries are now commonplace and if proven to be intentional may amount to
+++SOURCE:Naharnet(Lebanon)1Nov.’16:”Kerry Says ‘Embarrassing’US Election
Has Made Job Harder”,by Agence France Presse
SUBJECT:’Embarrassing’ U.S. election
QUOTE:”Kerry:’when you sit down with some foreign minister in another
country or a prime minister of another country and you say hey,we really
want you to move more authoritatively towards democracy,they look at you.
They’re polite but you can see the question in their head and in their eyes
and in their expression’ “
FULL TEXT:. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday [31 Oct.]he had found
parts of this year’s race for the White House “downright embarrassing”,
adding it had made his job more difficult.
“I must tell you bluntly. This election has been difficult for our country’s
perception abroad,” he told students at an event with Mayor of London Sadiq
Khan during a visit to Britain.
“There are moments when it is downright embarrassing. There are times when
it steps out of any norm that I’ve known — and I ran for president in 2004.
“I could never imagine debates that were not focused on real issues, so it’s
been a real change.
The race for the White House has turned increasingly toxic, with Donald
Trump fuelling wild conspiracy theories about vote “rigging” and Hillary
Clinton warning that the provocative billionaire was straying into
Kerry said: “And the way it’s made it difficult for me is that, you know,
when you sit down with some foreign minister in another country, or a prime
minister of another country, and you say ‘hey, you know we really want you
to move more authoritatively towards democracy’, they look at you.
“They’re polite but you can see the question in their head and in their eyes
and in their expression. It’s hard,” he added.
Kerry was in London to accept an international diplomatic prize from the
Chatham House think tank, which he was jointly awarded with Iranian Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for their part in the Iranian nuclear deal.
He also co-hosted a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on
Libya, attended by the Libyan prime minister and representatives of France,
Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
SourceAgence France Presse
Sue Lerner – Associate, IMRA