Friday, March 11, 2005

Even UN Getting Backbone on Syria

The Washington Post reports that a UN official is about to tell Bashar Assad to completely get out of Lebanon or face severe sanctions. Link.
A top U.N. envoy will tell President Bashar Assad that Syria will face political and economic isolation if he does not completely and quickly withdraw from Lebanon, U.N. and U.S. officials said yesterday.

In a meeting set for tomorrow, Terje Roed-Larsen plans to inform Syria that the international community is united in insisting that Damascus comply with U.N. Resolution 1559 -- and is prepared to impose wide punitive sanctions if it does not act quickly, the officials said.

"If he doesn't deliver, there will be total political and economic isolation of his country. There is a steel-hard consensus in the international community," a senior U.N. official said.

Isn't it lucky that we have John Kerry in the White House to unite the international community behind this. This could never have happened if George W. Bush had won re-election. Just ask the New York Times or CBS.


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