Morning Brief: U.N. envoy calls for transitional government in Syria

From Foreign Policy Thu Dec 27 2012, 08:37:29

U.N. envoy calls for transitional government in Syria

Top news: After meeting with President Bashar al-Assad and other top Syrian officials in Damascus, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi called for the establishment of a transitional government in accordance with the Geneva communiqué, a plan that was endorsed by world leaders in June. But little is known about the actual substance of Brahimi's negotiations with Assad and Russia's foreign ministry denied the existence of a specific plan to form a transitional government. Brahimi is headed to Moscow this week to meet with Russian officials as part of his diplomatic push to end the 21-month civil war.

At least 35 people were killed Thursday as fighting continued near the international airport in Aleppo. The violence comes a day after Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, the chief of the military police, became the highest-ranking police official to defect since the war began. Ironically, Shallal had been in charge of preventing military defections. In a video broadcast by Al Arabiya, the general said he abandoned his position because the Syrian military had become little more than "a gang for killing and destruction."

Iraq: Tens of thousands of Sunni protesters blocked trade routes to Syria and Jordan in the [view whole blog post ]

 See More    |     Report Abuse

You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Soudan:   CPI - Pour Fatou Bensouda, "les mandats d'arrêt contre le président Omar Al-Bachir restent valides" (news)
Les Dépêches de Brazzaville
30 June 2015

La Procureur de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) a réitéré, le 30 juin devant le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU, la détermination de la Cour à ... [read more]

Sudan:   ICC Prosecutor Says Determination to Bring Justice to People of Sudan Remains 'Unshaken' (news)
UN News Service
29 June 2015

Over six years since the issuance of the first warrant of arrest against Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today said that her Office's ... [read more]

South Africa:   ICC Asks Security Council for Help to Ensure Bashir's Arrest (news)
30 June 2015

A top International Criminal Court prosecutor called on Monday for the UN Security Council to ensure Sudan's compliance with a court order for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir. [read more]

blogAfrica is's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!