Saturday, July 27, 2013

Death Toll Rises in Syria: United Nations

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Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post
July 25, 2013

In yet one more example of the tragic nature of the Anglo-American destabilization campaign[1] against Syria, United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon has raised the official death toll in Syria to 100,000 from the previous number of 93,000 which was established last month.[2]

Ki-moon called on both the Syrian government and the foreign-backed death squads[3] to halt the violence and has issued calls for a peace conference in Geneva “as soon as possible.”[4]

Ironically, Ki-moon made these statements just before talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who was standing nearby as the UN Secretary made his remarks. Kerry then stated that he had spoken with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday and that both Russia and the United States were committed to bringing peace to Syria.[5]

Both the United States and Russia are attempting to convene a peace conference in Geneva along with the United Nations in order to discuss the formation of a “transitional government.” Russia agreed to call for such a government in mid-June 2013. Russian President Putin then signed a statement at the G8 summit which called for “a transitional governing body with full executive powers, formed by mutual consent.” The statement, however, stopped short of calling for Assad to step down, a fact that sent warmongers such as David Cameron into fits of rage.[6]