Syrian regime fights on, but is running out of money
The Arab League called an emergency meeting today to debate next steps, amid reports that Syria is violating a UN cease-fire. Some advocate staying the course, as sanctions start to pinch.
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Patience is wearing thin among other international observers, however, with France potentially calling for a military intervention in little more than a week if peace efforts continue to stall, reports Agence France-Presse.Skip to next paragraph
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Alain Juppé, France’s minister of foreign affairs, has said that without a 300-strong observer mission in place by May 5, his nation’s leaders may begin communicating with other powers about invoking Chapter 7 of the UN Charter that allows for military enforcement.
“We cannot allow ourselves to be ignored by the regime in place which has adhered to none of the six points of the Kofi Annan [UN peace] plan. We'd have to move into a new phase,” said Mr. Juppé, according to Al Jazeera.
Many Syrians say they are increasingly disillusioned with the UN plan. In some instances they say that monitors have made the situation worse, because activists say the government waits for the monitors to leave an area and then attacks those who spoke to them.
“I'm very disappointed, and people here are disappointed. It will be too late. Maybe 1,000 or 2,000 will be dead by then,” said Mousab Hamadi, an activist in the city of Hama, according to the Los Angeles Times. “How can the world stand by and watch tens being killed every day?”
Meanwhile, there are signs that sanctions have taken a toll on the Assad regime, with a number of intelligence and financial analysts saying the Syrian government is running out of money, reports the Washington Post. The financial strain has put pressure on the government, but the Post reports that its not yet enough to stop the government’s military operations or erode the power of Syria’s political elite.
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