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UN Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi resigned

Lakhdar Brahimi resigned as United Nations special envoy in charge of mediating the civil war in Syria, after the failure of the peace talks he presided over in Geneva this year. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he accepted Brahimi’s resignation, which takes effect May 31, notices Bloomberg.

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One day in Aleppo province (according Syrian Observatory for Human Rights): 19 civilians ( including 11 children and 2 women ) killed by aerial bombardment on Om al-Amad village, near Tal al-Daman in the southern countryside of Aleppo, 1 child killed by sniper in Jam’iah al-Zahraa area, 1 child killed by mortar shells fell on al-Neirab camp, in addition to 2 children and a woman killed by regime’s bombardment on Soran, and a woman died by wounds sustained earlier by regime’s bombardment on A’zaz city.

More than 150,000 people have so far been killed in the Syrian conflict. Some 2.5 million people have fled abroad, while 9 million people inside the country need help – including nearly 3.5 million who have no access to essential goods and services.

File photo of UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Brahimi addressing a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in GenevaThe Security Council has adopted five resolutions linked to the Syrian conflict – one in February demanding greater aid access, which has effectively been ignored by the warring parties, three resolutions in 2012 to mandate a failed U.N. observer mission to Syria and one last year on the eradication of Syria’s chemical weapons.

According Reuters, Brahimi has organized two rounds of negotiations in Geneva between Assad’s government and members of the opposition seeking to oust him. But Syria’s announcement that it would hold presidential elections on June 3 dealt a severe blow to Brahimi’s efforts. After trying for nearly two years to overcome “almost impossible odds” (as said Ban Ki-moon) to end a civil war, after confronting with the deeply divided Security Council, Brahimi resigned. 

Lakhdar Brahimi is the second U.N.-Arab envoy to quit after failing to achieve a breakthrough in the more than 3-year-old conflict between the regime of President Bashar Assad and rebel groups.

When Brahimi took over from his longtime friend, former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan, he said it would be “an extremely complicated and very, very difficult mission”. On Tuesday, he indicated he could see no end in the near future to the bloodshed.

Lakhdar Brahimi, 80, is a former Algerian foreign minister and longtime U.N. diplomat and troubleshooter in hotspots from Afghanistan to Iraq. He said he was humbled by Ban’s “extremely generous words on this occasion which is not very pleasant for me.”

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IMF towards Ukraine’s pro-Western leaders: ”We’ll pay for War !”

Do you think that the title is exaggerated ? Then how would you synthesize the following news ?

(Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday it would be forced to re-design its $17 billion bailout for Ukraine and require additional financing if the country lost territory in its restive eastern region. The Fund also said a deterioration in relations between Ukraine and Russia, which buys about a quarter of Ukrainian exports, could further hurt Kiev’s economy (!?) and force an adjustment to the bailout approved by the IMF board on Wednesday.

Statement by IMF representatives came as a response to the statements of the interim president of Ukraine, Olexander Turchynov. Yesterday, the West must have been unpleasantly impressed listening to the lamentations of Turchynov. Ukraine’s acting president has admitted what had long been obvious: ”his government has practically lost control of the east of the country”, with his security forces “helpless” to stop a rolling takeover by pro-Russia gunmen. Turchynov also said numerous ”Ukrainian military and security personnel had defected to the rebels, taking their arms with them”. Using the language of defeat, he told a meeting of regional governors: “I will be frank. Today, security forces are unable to take the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions quickly under control”. (His comments came after anti-Kiev militants seized a string of official buildings in the eastern city of Luhansk on Tuesday).

UKRAINE-RUSSIA-POLITICS-CRISIS-SLAVYANSKSo, without Ukraine’s tax revenue from the rich East and some businesses to robbed, and with the western regions hoping to become the new European assisted social and get on EU benefits programs, the IMF representatives have seen black in front of their eyes. ”No fight – no East, no East – no money” ! Faced with the threat of financial occult leaders in Kiev have seen red in front of their eyes. ”No IMF money – no alms and electoral promises – no votes – no legitimacy!”. Next move – Ukrainian government launches a new military offensive.  

Early today 2 May, an anti-terrorist operation initiated by the Ukrainian government resumed in Slaviansk, a Donetsk Oblast city of 125,000 people that has been occupied by pro-Russian militants.

May 2, 4:12 p.m. – The pro-Russian protesters in Slaviansk are keeping almost the entire city under control except several streets in the suburbs, a source from the self-defense headquarters told Interfax. “The security forces controlled by Kyiv have failed to take the city but have taken only a couple of streets in the suburbs. The city itself is still fully controlled by the self-defense forces” he said. Shooting is still heard in the city, but no large-scale combat activities are under way now, he said.

May 2, 5:45 p.m. – Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said the Ukrainian forces’ attack on the checkpoints in Slaviansk on May 2 left “many insurgents dead, wounded and arrested”. “The operation doesn’t unroll as fast as we want it to, and is significantly complicated by the fact that the terrorists’ bases are located in the crowded cities and the terrorists themselves hide behind the civilians, take hostages and shoot from the windows of apartment buildings” Turchynov said.

The fight goes on ! Welcome ! a new ”Syria” is coming…

Let’s make things clear ! I don’t like the idea&way of Russia expanding its borders. I also hate the idea&way of the Ukrainian coup government is killing the other Ukrainians that wish nothing to do with the new government.

But to push into a corner a state and after to say ”we make the rules ! you follow them or die ! but it’s your choice to live/get this money or not !” is a serious criminal offense . It’s called extortion. Extortion of human lives !

Update, May 2, 19:00 pm – Events in Odessa are a terrible tragedy. No one mind and soul still right can believe otherwise.

(BBC News) – At least 31 people have been killed in a fire in an official building amid violence in Odessa in south-west Ukraine, the interior ministry says.

The deaths came as pro-Russian protesters clashed with Ukrainian government supporters in the city.

Officials said some people were overwhelmed by smoke and others died after they jumped from the building.

Syria and «assadization» of G20

After he canceled bilateral talks with Russian counterpart (and remained with two days off on the presidential agenda), Barack Obama seems to be very interested in relations with the Northern countries. So en route to G20 Summit (Sankt Petersburg, Russia), he is doing a stopover in Stockholm (Sweden), where the leader of the White House will meet with PM Fredrik Reinfeldt and King Carl XVI Gustav and will get dinner with leaders of the Northern countries from Western EuropeNorway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark.

This visit comes as a follow of last week, when Obama met in Washington with the heads of the Northern countries from Eastern Europe – Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. Of course, from discussions in Washington did not miss the conflict in Syria, as it probably will not miss to the meetings in Stockholm, although on the official agenda we can to find: the challenges arising by climate change (it is known that the northern European states are on the top list of the ‘greenest countries’ in the world!), regional security and development of bilateral trade. I don’t know which are the final results (in the medium and long term) connected with this new diplomatic approach and the strategic vision of Washington regarding  the Northern states. However, (in the short term) Obama seems trying to prepare for his diplomatic offensive at the G20 Summit.

782290660Assad’s fate will warm up the atmosphere of the meeting in the northern and cold capital of Russia, St. Petersburg, where Obama – willing or not – will meet with the “repudiated” leader of Russia, Vladimir Putin; also with the leader of China, Xi Jinping; the both countries actively oppose to the foreign intervention in Syria, but also Obama will meet with David Cameron, British Prime Minister, who washed his hands like Pontius Pilate, and passed the decision to support military intervention in Syria to the British Parliament, parliament which, despite arguments delivered for several hours by the chief of executive in London, gave negative vote.

If on these three cases things seem somewhat clear (though American leader has provided a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping) and extraordinary changes are difficult to predict (except if Obama will “pleasantly” surprise the Kremlin leader and will put on the table of world heavyweight undeniable evidence that incriminates the Assad regime), however, the U.S. leader has the chance even to keep solidarity of France and Germany ( in last case only one rather declarative and quite elusive). And to obtain declarative consent of other leaders – argument can be put forward to the United Nations. Well, I say keep because president Hollande has just spoke yesterday that he could ask the French parliament, a declaration that, associated with the deprivation of principal ally, Great Britain and the step back made by Obama himself who will request advisory agreement of US Congress, seems rather a step in retreat. Germany, which is in full Bundestag election campaign, most likely will still choose a moderate way and will try to be as low voice on this issue.

When hosting an international event of such importance, Russia knows every time to catch a large part of the benefits in terms of image and external perceptions, and it is easy to predict that this time will not be different. Regard the signals from the Kremlin, Barack Obama is right to expect an offensive campaign of the Russian leader, who recently, slightly ironical, said that “was surprised” that the Western community no longer runs “without comment” everything that Washington decides. Last public appearances of Vladimir Putin (including Channel One Russia tv & AP interview in the preamble G20 Summit that was published today) shows that (even if regarding domestic policy, things not look pretty good) when is about foreign policy, Russian president feels excellent in his skin and knows that he is not an opponent easy to overcome. Most likely Putin will try to convince the leaders attending to the Summit that by sending in ridiculous a conference where the both sides of the Syrian conflict to sit at the same table was a mistake and that a diplomatic solution is better than a military intervention against Assad (however limited it may be), with small chances of removing the Syrian leader from power but with big chances of turning into a regional conflict.

Even if on the official agenda of the 8-th meeting of the G20 is not found Syrian issue, it certainly will dominate the formal&informal discussions to the detriment fo economic priorities. Which also are not few, and are not unimportant (but we’re talking about in the coming days). Leaders of emerging economies have already a list with the important topics that they would like/need to be addressed, and political saturation of event can be rather counterproductive for both leaders, of the Kremlin and the White House. We will see whether the two leaders will be able to avoid as a major economic summit –  with (uncommon but necessary) a major political stake – to become a battle of vanities with null result or not.

Published by PPW partner – Eurasia Review