May 28, 2013 |
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union has decided to lift the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition while maintaining all other sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad's regime after June 1, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said late Monday. The decision "sends a very strong message from Europe to the Assad regime," Hague said after an all-day meeting that laid bare EU hesitation on feeding arms in a foreign conflict only months after it won the Nobel Peace Prize. Hague insisted that Britain had "no immediate plans to send arms to Syria.
March 22, 2013 |
BRUSSELS, Belgium - France and Britain are pressing the European Union to end its embargo on arms for the Syrian opposition, in the hope that they can encourage President Obama to follow their lead. French and British leaders' frustration with U.S. waffling on Syria was palpable in Brussels last week. As the flood of refugees from Syria grew to tsunami levels, threatening to destabilize much of the region, French President Francois Hollande declared bluntly, "The biggest risk is inaction.
March 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration lent its support Monday to British and French plans to arm Syria's rebels, saying it wouldn't stand in the way of any country seeking to rebalance the fight against a regime supported by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. Secretary of State John Kerry said the longer Syria's war goes on, the greater the danger of its institutions collapsing and extremists getting their hands on the country's vast chemical weapons arsenal. With 450,000 Syrians living in neighboring countries as refugees already, he said the conflict is becoming a "global catastrophe.
March 15, 2013
China formally installs leader BEIJING - Capping a highly choreographed transition of power, Xi Jinping formally assumed the Chinese presidency Thursday after a vote at the National People's Congress. The 59-year-old son of a former vice premier was elected with an enviable margin of 2,952 votes in favor to one against. Under the Chinese political system, there is no formal inauguration. After the vote was announced in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Xi bowed to the deputies and shook hands with his predecessor, Hu Jintao.
November 29, 2012 |
UNITED NATIONS - The Security Council on Wednesday extended an arms embargo against armed groups in Congo, condemning a rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda for attacking civilians. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the council extended sanctions against armed groups in Congo until Feb. 1, 2014, and said it would consider more measures against leaders of the M23 rebel group and those providing support. The M23, made up of hundreds of soldiers who deserted the Congolese army in April, has taken control of many villages and towns in the mineral-rich east since then, culminating in last week's seizure of the provincial capital, Goma.
April 20, 2012 |
PARIS - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Thursday for the U.N. Security Council to adopt an arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria to try to halt 13 months of bloodshed, but she acknowledged that such diplomatic actions would likely be vetoed. Clinton's comments to Western and Arab diplomats from the so-called "Friends of Syria" group came as the head of the United Nations accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of failing to honor a peace plan that went into effect a week ago. In a transcript of her remarks on the State Department's website, Clinton stopped short of calling for outside military intervention in Syria - something there is little to no foreign appetite for - but said it was time to impose more consequential measures on Assad's regime.
June 25, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives sent President Obama a strong bipartisan message yesterday that it is frustrated and impatient with the U.S. military mission in Libya. The House voted 295-123 to deny congressional consent for extending the 3-month-old effort for another year. But the House would not take the extra step of denying funding for the mission. A bid led by Rep. Thomas Rooney, R-Fla., to cut off money for all but search-and-rescue, intelligence, aerial refueling and noncombat operations got bipartisan support, but lost on a 238-180 vote; 144 Republicans and 36 Democrats supported the restrictions.
May 10, 2011 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syrian security forces arrested hundreds of activists and antigovernment demonstrators in house-to-house raids Monday, part of an escalating crackdown aimed at stamping out a revolt engulfing the country. The government's punishing response triggered new international sanctions, as the European Union imposed an arms embargo. The measure, which followed U.S. sanctions, also bars 13 Syrian government officials from traveling anywhere in the 27-nation EU and freezes their assets.
December 3, 2009 |
On a grainy undercover videotape recorded in a hotel room in Tbilisi, Georgia, an Iranian arms merchant chats with two Philadelphia salesmen who have brought samples of their military wares. The merchant, Amir Hossein Ardebili, who has flown from Tehran to make a deal, patiently answers the Americans' questions. The radar microchips? Needed for antimissile protection. The sophisticated computers? Essential to "launch the F-4" fighter. All of it, he says flatly, is destined for the Iranian military "because they think the war is coming.
February 27, 2005 |
Later this year, the European Union will consider lifting the Tiananmen Square arms embargo against the People's Republic of China. The United States and the EU imposed the embargo following the June 1989 crackdown on democracy protestors in Beijing. Lifting the embargo would endanger U.S. interests, accelerate China's military buildup, undermine stability in the Pacific, and encourage repressive regimes everywhere. The U.S. is rightfully concerned about the proposed EU policy change.