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Syria Resolution for UNGA Undergoes Final Draft, Qatar Ready to Intro, Here

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, May 7 -- The proposed Syria resolution for the General Assembly, after four previous drafts by Qatar, has undergone its "final" revision.

  Inner City Press has obtained a copy and exclusively puts it online here. As of this writing the plan is to introduce it to the full UN membership on Wednesday, May 8 in the afternoon.

  It's very rococo: 22 perambular paragraphs, and 33 operative paragraphs (to the degree that anything in such a non-binding GA resolution can be considered "operative.")

The draft got modified, after as Inner City Press showed countries like India, South Africa, Malaysia, Switzerland, Brazil and other Latin American countries expressed concerns.

  "Support" of the Arab League, which gave Syria's seat to the opposition, became merely welcoming, and even that only "in this regard" - meaning, for political transition.

  While envoy Lakhdar Brahimi talks of quitting and Human Rights Council-appointed Carla Del Ponte speaks of strong suspicions that sarin gas was used not by the government but the opposition, what explains the timing?

  On Tuesday US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a plan with Russia in which Bashar al Assad would not necessarily have to leave. This is NOT what Qatar, Saudi Arabia and others have in mind. So let's go to a vote!
  But four Peacekeepers have been taken by the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, no matter how little the UN's Herve Ladsous wants to say about it; the Non Aligned Movement on May 7 called on the Security Council to act on Israel's bombing of Syria.

So what will it accomplished? Watch this site.

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