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On Syria, Qatar's 4th UNGA Draft Drops Support for Arab League, Welcomes

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, April 30, updated with Syria NV -- Amid the chess game about Syria and chemical weapons, the proposed UN General Assembly resolution drafted by Qatar and Saudi Arabia continues to be amended.

  There is now a fourth revision, Rev. 4, which Inner City Press has obtained and is exclusively publishing here.

Update: and here is Syria's "Note Verbale," critiquing Operative Paragraph 25, etc.

  The changes include, in Operative Paragraph 26, switching "support" for the efforts of the Arab League to merely "welcoming" them -- this after the Arab League gave the Syria seat to the opposition, over the reservations of Algeria and Iraq and the routine "dis-association" of Lebanon.

  Now the Arab League is only supported "in this regard" -- that of the political resolution of the situation in Syria.


  There's a change to paragraph 9 bis, which "underscores further the importance that the Syrian people, on the basis of broad, inclusive and credible consultations, should determine, within the framework provided by international law and based up on the complementarity principle, the domestic process and mechanisms to achieve reconciliation, truth and accountability for gross violations, as well as reparations and effective remedies for the victims."

  Changes were demanded even in the April 26 meeting between Qatar and the Western European and Other Group of states, WEOG sources tell Inner City Press.

  This follows letters with objections from, among others, Malaysia, India, South Africa, Brazil and other Latin American countries, also exclusively published by Inner City Press. Watch this site.

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