Action Group on Syria

July 2, 2012
There will be many interpretations in the media of the outcome of the meeting of the Action Group on Syria and its communique.  (See two very different responses  below.)   What is quoted in the mainstream media may or may not be a fair representation of the group’s declaration.  On this page there are links to UN Webcasts to give people an opportunity to do the research and thinking themselves on the intentions of the Group. Should there be a positive response to it from the world?  What would most help the Syrian people and Syria out of the current crisis: full support for the final declaration and the hard work needed to ensure its success or ……?
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30 Jun 2012 – Final declaration read by Kofi Annan, the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian Crisis following the meeting of the Action Group for Syria.  William Hague makes a statement.
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30 June 2012  UN Webcast in Geneva: Kofi Annan answers questions after meeting of Special Group on Syria
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30 June 2012  UN Webcast press conference; Sergey Lavrov reports on meeting of Special Group and answers questions. Draws attention to refusal of FSA to respect Annan Peace Plan.
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30 June 2012  UN Webcast press conference: Hillary Clinton reports on meeting of Special Group and answers questions.
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Below is a link to a press conference held one week before the Action Group meeting.
22 June 2012:  UN Webcast press conference:
Briefing by the Joint Special Envoy for Syria and the head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria
22 Jun 2012 – Mr. Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for SyriaMajor-General Robert Mood, head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria and Chief Military Observer
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TWO RESPONSES IN THE MEDIA TO THE OUTCOME OF THE ACTION GROUP
 1.  XINHUA.NET  (CHINA)
Action group reaches key agreement on Syrian-led transition
 
2. NEW YORK TIMES (quoted in Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne AGE)
Crisis talks produce little hope for peace in Syria

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