Publicado el 06-28-2012
its Border with Syria
In a symptom of a worsening of the situation in what is now called the Middle East, it has been reported in Istanbul that Turkey has fortified its border with Syria setting up antiaircraft batteries. Military convoys have been transporting antiaircraft guns, multiple rocket launchers and troops to several areas in the border that extends for 550 miles.
This mobilization comes two days after the Prime Minister of Turkey warned Syrian president Assad that every military element that approaches the Turkish border from Syria in a manner that constitutes a security risk or danger would be considered as a threat and could be treated as a military target.
In the meantime, diplomats are preparing for a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, this weekend to try to revive the stalled peace plan prepared by Kofi Annan, special representative of the United Nations and the Arab Leagues. The meeting of what Annan has called an “action group” will include representatives of influential countries, although Iran, Syria’s strongest regional ally was not invited, nor Saudi Arabia, that supports Mr. Assad’s enemies.
In Syria violence and bloodletting continue, with an explosion this Thursday in front of the Palace of Justice in Damascus. This comes after an attack on a pro-government satellite television station south of the city, in which seven employees were dead, and the studios and equipment destroyed. The rebel groups have denied being the authors of the attack against the television station, attributing it to defectors of the government’s Republican Guard, something that has not been verified.
On Wednesday, a panel from the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, issued a report with what it has been able to determine from testimony from refugees and defectors since it has been blocked from investigating inside Syria. The panel said that it could not reach a conclusion about who was responsible for the May 25 massacre of 108 civilians in Houla, in western Syria, but that it considers “that forces loyal to the government may have been responsible for many of the deaths”. The report concluded that the situation could become more aggravated in the coming months.
It is important that from the meeting on Saturday, June 30th, in Geneva, might come ideas about how to put an end to the hostilities, forcing, if this were necessary, President Assad to leave the country with a transition government.