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Massacre in Tremseh, Syria

July 15, 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr has renewed calls for Russia to support the removal from office of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as a step towards ending the ongoing civil war which has claimed more than 10,000 lives.

“The world has again been appalled by the reported slaughter of up to 200 civilians in the town of Tremseh,” Senator Carr said.

“This is another brutal and barbaric crime against innocent civilians.

“The use of artillery, tanks and helicopters provides clear evidence of the Assad regime’s involvement.

“The only solution to the Syrian civil war remains the six-point peace plan brokered by UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan.

“But an immediate stumbling block is President Assad, whose complicity in these massacres impedes negotiations between government and rebels.

“We share the views of the United States and other nations, that a transition of power away from President Assad would be a step toward implementing the ceasefire that the people of Syria so desperately require.”

Senator Carr said he had instructed his Department to communicate Australia’s views to the Russian Chargé d’Affaires, Mr Nikolay Nozdrev.

Australia remains committed to a unified international response on Syria, through adoption of a new Chapter VII resolution at the United Nations Security Council.

Senator Carr said Australia is seeking international support for this action through the Ambassador to the UN, Mr Gary Quinlan.

7 Comments
  1. July 15, 2012 1:42 pm

    With due respect does Mr Putin realize the implications of inaction when he holds the balance of power to end this murder now. The world is watching and waiting to help.

  2. July 15, 2012 11:07 pm

    Russia has complex reasons for being unco-operative on Syria. Seeing things from their POV, the regime change that the US and allies want, is troubling They saw what happened with the Orange revolution. They suspect that the US is meddling in Russia, supporting opposition to Putin for regime change there too. Most of all they see that the sanctions on Iran, out of all proportion to the supposed crime, are all about regime change there too, and that the US and Israel are pushing this ferociously. Iran is a major ally of the Russia. So why should they be co operative?

    It would be a helpful thing if Australia broke ranks with the US on the sanctions on Iran. They are grossly unfair, can have serious unpredictable consequences, and are presently distorting the Middle East state of affairs. Such a move could be a step towards a Syrian solution and perhaps move Aust to a more balanced broker role

  3. Robert bekhazi permalink
    July 16, 2012 12:39 am

    Dear Mr Carr. You are always quick to make accusations. It seems there was no massacre but rather an armed confrontation between rebels and troops. The UN confirmed that. Your geopolitical strategy as directed by the US makes you a propagandarist when it comes to Syria.

  4. Martin Spencer permalink
    July 17, 2012 11:31 am

    Even small companies in Australia have board members that must declare their conflicts of interest. Apparently even this most obvious regulation doesn’t not apply to one of the most powerful deliberative bodies in the world, the UNSC. Lucrative Russian arms sales seem to come before people’s freedom.

  5. July 18, 2012 10:30 pm

    What is wrong with supporting international law and opposing foreign military intervention (yes, including NATO, Qatari, Saudi, Turkish, Israeli and US) in Syria?

    • mike permalink
      July 21, 2012 11:48 am

      That would be too much for them because they would be sparing the lives of many people including women children and the innocent…… This is not what they are about. The Qataris and Saudis want to spread the Wahhabism at any cost ….”The End Justifies the means”

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