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UN demands co-operation from Syria in Hariri probe
CBC News ^ | Mon, 31 Oct 2005 13:22:45 EST | staff

Posted on 10/31/2005 10:49:56 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

The UN Security Council approved a resolution Monday demanding Syria co-operate with a UN investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, threatening further action against Damascus if it continues to stonewall.

Syrian border police keep watch.

The resolution was unanimously approved by the 15-member council after the threat of economic sanctions was dropped from a previous resolution, co-sponsored by the U.S., France and Britain.

Russia and China had objected to the initial text which called for the threat of economic sanctions unless Syria co-operated with an investigation into the bombing that killed Rafik Hariri and 20 others.

The two countries have veto powers and were against mentioning sanctions while the investigation into Hariri continues.

A new text says that if Syria doesn't co-operate "the council, if necessary, could consider further action."

The co-sponsors also agreed to drop an appeal to Syria to renounce all support for "all forms of terrorist action and all assistance to terrorist groups."

The resolution was adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which is militarily enforceable.

A UN report into the killing of Hariri implicated top Syrian and Lebanese security officials in the Feb. 14 bombing.

The report also accused Syria of not co-operating fully with the probe.



TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; assad; axis; axisofevil; bigscaryresolution; damascus; enduringfreedom; hariri; orelsewhat; syria; terrorism; un
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1 posted on 10/31/2005 10:49:56 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Grampa Dave; Marine_Uncle
The resolution was adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which is militarily enforceable.

Getting serious now!

2 posted on 10/31/2005 10:51:10 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Or what?


3 posted on 10/31/2005 10:53:14 AM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Not to worry. I am sure France will intervene to prevent any sort of shooting.


4 posted on 10/31/2005 10:53:25 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (© 2005, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Uh oh. Here comes the stern warnings and if nothing is done the super duper stern warnings.

Another three years of this will be about right.


5 posted on 10/31/2005 10:53:39 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Liberal Talking Point - Bush = Hitler ... Republican Talking Point - Let the Liberals Talk)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That'll scare 'em!


6 posted on 10/31/2005 10:53:40 AM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
They'll laugh so hard to be fit to be UN-tied.
7 posted on 10/31/2005 10:55:07 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are REALLY stupid.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

And I demand a pony.


8 posted on 10/31/2005 10:56:04 AM PST by ARealMothersSonForever (Proud to be named as a member of the Radical Right Wing. Vast Right Wing got old.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Syria to UN: "You and what army?"


9 posted on 10/31/2005 10:56:44 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks. Good work


10 posted on 10/31/2005 10:56:47 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Dallas59

Syria to UN: "How many divisions does the Pope, uh, I mean, does the UN have?"


11 posted on 10/31/2005 10:56:48 AM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: Cyber Liberty
Not to worry. I am sure France will intervene to prevent any sort of shooting.

In this case I believe it was Russia and China. Axis of Weasels alert!

12 posted on 10/31/2005 10:56:52 AM PST by rhombus
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To: manic4organic

Some of Assad's family are bailing out of Syria.....so they seem to have some concerns..


13 posted on 10/31/2005 10:58:15 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: rhombus

They take turns. Depends on who needs the local votes to be farmed from US-bashing the most.


14 posted on 10/31/2005 10:59:13 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (© 2005, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Oh no! Does that mean the UN will slap hands or actually do something about terrorist Syria? No, they will simply issue more and more warnings with no action, a la Iraq. Such a confirmed asinine and corrupt organization cannot be imagined.


15 posted on 10/31/2005 10:59:37 AM PST by Paulus Invictus (US out of the UN--UN out of the US!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
UN demands co-operation from Syria in Hariri probe

You demand like a girl!

16 posted on 10/31/2005 11:00:09 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (~~~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~~~)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Boy....what a threat...
17 posted on 10/31/2005 11:00:42 AM PST by pointsal
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To: Dallas59
Or what?

"Or well send you a 'Letter of Deep Concern.'"

18 posted on 10/31/2005 11:03:01 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Stop or we'll say stop again...


19 posted on 10/31/2005 11:06:44 AM PST by agrace (Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me if you know so much. Job 38:4)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I'm sure France will spearhead a military response if Syria doesn't cooperate. /sarcasm


20 posted on 10/31/2005 11:07:18 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Oh no! Not the UN threat! sounds serious... Syria must be shaking in their dresses. Oil anyone?


21 posted on 10/31/2005 11:16:41 AM PST by cjohnson7771 (Day of Accountability)
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To: Dallas59

"UN demands co-operation from Syria in Hariri probe"

LOL!!!


22 posted on 10/31/2005 11:24:12 AM PST by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: All
From the new York Times:

Amid U.N. Inquiry Into Killing, Leading Syrian Leaves Country

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Excerpt:

By MICHAEL SLACKMAN

Published: October 30, 2005

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 29 - During a United Nations investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri that threatens the power of President Bashar al-Assad, a first cousin who is one of the most powerful businessmen in Syria has left the country.

While it remains unclear why the president's cousin, Rami Makhluf, left - his allies say he is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, working on the expansion of his business empire - many people with close connections to the ruling Baath Party say his departure underscores the investigation's threat to the Assad family's grip on power.

Already, the United Nations has implicated important Syrians in the killing of Mr. Hariri in February, and the Syrian government has since been searching for a formula to satisfy its international critics without undermining its authority at home.

23 posted on 10/31/2005 11:27:48 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: All
And from the Captain's Quarters Blog:

October 30, 2005
Syrian Power Brokers Start To Disperse

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As more pressure gets applied to the Bashar Assad regime to answer for the assassination of Rafik Hariri, it looks like the impulse to run has become irresistable for some members of the autocracy. The New York Times reports that Assad's wealthy and powerful cousin, Rami Makhluf, has fled Syria for the UAE as the country becomes more dangerous for those who prop up the erstwhile opthalmologist on his creaky throne:

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The UN has identified members of Assad's family as suspects in the assassination conspiracy, notably his brother Maher and brother-in-law Asef Shakwat, the commander of the military intelligence apparatus that struck fear into Lebanese for a generation. Makhluf, however, wasn't one of the suspects. The Makhlufs come from Assad's mother's family and comprise some of the richest supporters of the regime. Their wealth helps prop Assad the Younger on his perch as the nominal head of the regime.

If the monied class has truly begun to flee Syria, as the Times suggests, it's not because they conspired to assassinate Hariri and want to get out. Those who conspired against Hariri would find it much safer within Syria than outside of it. Until the regime collapses, they will never have to face a trial for his murder, unless Assad coughs them up as part of an arrangement to keep himself in power -- and even then, those big enough to get Assad off the hook at first would inevitably wind up implicating him in the end.

The flight of Makhluf means something entirely different, if it truly is flight. Monied interests will go to the places of greatest security in times of trouble. For decades, the Makhlufs have seen the Assads as that kind of guarantee. If Rami senses that his cousin can no longer provide that kind of assurance, fleeing to the UAE on the notion that he needs to take care of his finances abroad signals that even the closest bonds of support for the Assaf regime have weakened, perhaps fatally for Bashar.

The Times reports also that Bashar may have ordered Rami to leave in order to clean up the culture of corruption and recapture the confidence of the Syrian people. That rumor may sound good in Western circles, but the Syrians don't vote and don't have any freedom to express themselves in Assad's Ba'athist state. The Assads did not come to power or maintain it through populist means, nor are they beloved in any sense of the term. If the Syrians asserted themselves in a populist movement, it wouldn't be to keep Bashar on the throne, and Bashar knows it.

The only analysis of Rami's apparent flight is that the Assad regime has come to an end, for all practical purposes. If the Security Council puts a squeeze on Syria, it will utterly collapse. The Americans and the French should work quickly to ensure that the UN takes some sort of decisive action and that supporters of democratization stand ready to apply the coup de grace that will end the tyranny of the Assads for good -- and replace it with a democratic republic that will further isolate Iran in Southwest Asia.

24 posted on 10/31/2005 11:32:54 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Annan to Syria"Either Syria will abide by the dictates of this resolution IN FULL AND WITH ALL POSSIBLE DISPATCH, or heretofore there will be no milk and cookies for the Ambassador and his staff. AND WE'RE NOT KIDDING!!!!"
25 posted on 10/31/2005 11:33:40 AM PST by Eagles Talon IV
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This threat brings to mind a scene in Team America...right before Hans Brix... er Blix...is fed to some sharks.


26 posted on 10/31/2005 11:35:50 AM PST by hattend (Rum and Coke, please!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
At the VERY FIRST indication of France attempting to shield Syria from any consequences of their role in killing Rafik Hariri and 20 others -- we should declare our exit from the U.N., the U.N's eviction from our shore and recall our Ambassador from France and any nation that joins her in shielding ANY Islamist State that has already declared war on Civilization..

Pretending that the centers of power within Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and others are NOT supporting the Jihadists is worse than a cruel fantasy...

Time to get REALLY serious with these lunatics, and get on with the war in earnest...

However - I'm sure we'll wait until the bastards succeed in using a WMD on an American city and killing millions of Americans....

Semper Fi
27 posted on 10/31/2005 11:39:05 AM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The United Nations Security Council meets to vote unanimously in favor of a resolution demanding Syria cooperate with a U.N. probe into the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in New York October 31, 2005. REUTERS/Keith Bedford


United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice votes yes at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on a resolution that would threaten sanctions if Damascus doesn't cooperate with the U.N. investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a watered-down resolution demanding full Syrian cooperation with the UN probe into the murder of Lebanon's ex-premier.(AFP/Timothy A. Clary)


28 posted on 10/31/2005 11:39:25 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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29 posted on 10/31/2005 11:41:34 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wonder why Condi bothered to show up for a mere watered down resolution?


30 posted on 10/31/2005 11:42:48 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Just doing what Colin Powell did before her. :-)


31 posted on 10/31/2005 11:44:12 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Uh oh. The UN Triple-dog dares Syria!


32 posted on 10/31/2005 11:44:52 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Many Democrats are not weak Americans. But nearly all weak Americans are Democrats.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Bolton has take out his king sized vise grips and with the UN's okay, he has attached them to certain vital parts of ASSad.

Now we will see the racheting down effect. Will ASSad do a Kadafy to avoid the pain?


33 posted on 10/31/2005 11:49:18 AM PST by Grampa Dave (MSM pseudo reporters use "could, may, and might" when they are lying and spinning.)
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To: Grampa Dave; NormsRevenge; Marine_Uncle; Gucho
This is gonna take awhile.....the impatient ones have already commented....but Assad's Bankers are fleeing....and he has lost Lebanon....wonder how long he can hold out?

Meanwhile we are turning more of the Military action inside Iraq over to the Iraqi Military:

34 posted on 10/31/2005 12:02:52 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: All
From Financial Times:

UN piles pressure on Syria over Hariri

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UN Security Council foreign ministers on Monday unanimously agreed to measures that threaten the heart of the Syrian regime, demanding it detain any individuals suspected of plotting the February murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

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That's good!

35 posted on 10/31/2005 12:07:23 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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And the closing:

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Syrians on Monday reacted with anxiety to the UN resolution. “I don’t think it matters if it mentioned sanctions or not,” said political analyst Marwan Kabalan from Damascus University. “We are the focus of the Security Council and that is what counts.”

36 posted on 10/31/2005 12:10:05 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Wow. The UN. Syria is quaking in its boots.


37 posted on 10/31/2005 12:13:15 PM PST by doug from upland (David Kendall -- protecting the Clintons one lie at a time)
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To: doug from upland

OK....I give....I thought this was good stuff!


38 posted on 10/31/2005 12:18:19 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That's #1, only 16 or 17 more till the bombs start falling.


39 posted on 10/31/2005 12:26:00 PM PST by wolfcreek
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

what a show of strength! this reminds me of that historic moment when they reprimanded Saddam!


40 posted on 10/31/2005 12:29:48 PM PST by Cinnamon
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To: agrace

Nee!


41 posted on 10/31/2005 12:41:46 PM PST by rightinthemiddle (I know my enemy. I have Cable TV.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"This is gonna take awhile.....the impatient ones have already commented....but Assad's Bankers are fleeing....and he has lost Lebanon....wonder how long he can hold out?"

Yep. Problem remains however. What form of government can be "somehow" put in place that could perhaps lead toward stability, as well as a transformation toward westernized democracy. The whole government, military, supporters are super corrupt. IMHO, it would be harder to do in Syria what we are attempting in Iraq. And with no large US/coalition footprint in Syria, it would be even harder, when the various factions and criminal groups etc., go beserk, so to speak.

In Iraq, the stage was set in many ways for a regime change, but I don't see anywhere the same scenario existing in Syria. No response required, just some thoughts.

42 posted on 10/31/2005 1:22:35 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Did Kofi express his "dismay"?

I hope not, or it would sound a little too threatening, especially since its only resolution #1.


43 posted on 10/31/2005 1:58:45 PM PST by antiUNcitizen
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"Getting serious now!"

I don't think so. They're still allowed to support people who kill and maim innocent civilians.

"The co-sponsors also agreed to drop an appeal to Syria to renounce all support for "all forms of terrorist action and all assistance to terrorist groups."

44 posted on 10/31/2005 5:09:49 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

If that doesn't scare them, maybe another 13 resolutions will...............


45 posted on 10/31/2005 7:20:34 PM PST by DaBadGuy ("Do you know who invented dynamite? No? You know why? Because he blew his frigging FACE off!!!!!")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
We will go through the motions with UN resolutions & sanctions like Saddam, except 100% faster.

Even though Bashar Assad is a medical doctor he would be wise to have his own staff of ER doctors on call, 24 hours a day, since soon, after he ignores & stalls all the UN's diplomatic efforts, he's going to require a lot of medical attention.

46 posted on 10/31/2005 10:02:53 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
SYRIA = Next stop for Operation Enduring Freedom

47 posted on 11/01/2005 2:11:08 AM PST by ppaul
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To: lonevoice

Here we go again . . . the UN is really flexing their mighty muscles (heavy sarcasm).


48 posted on 11/01/2005 6:30:39 AM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I'm sure Syria saw how fast and forceful the UN was with Iraq.... No worries until the US puts its' foot down.


49 posted on 11/01/2005 9:00:58 AM PST by b4its2late (If at first you don't succeed, redefine success.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

But, if you give us a few million for a study.........wink wink


50 posted on 11/01/2005 9:11:06 AM PST by Just Lori (Tony Schaeffer, Curt Weldon, Able Danger....... PAY ATTENTION.)
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