Russia's Lavrov calls 'unacceptable' no-fly zone over Syria

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Aug. 18, 2012, 7:11 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Reuters, Interfax

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The formation of a no-fly zone over Syria would be a violation of the UN Charter, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes.

"I have heard the comments of U.S. military representatives. It is not the first time when the concept of security zones and no-fly zones is mentioned. If these zones are going to cover the territory of the Syrian state, this will constitute a violation of its sovereignty and of the U.N. Charter," he said in an interview with Sky News Arabia.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Aug. 11 that Washington and Turkey were looking at all measures to help Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, including a no-fly zone.

Lavrov said there exist special mechanisms and instruments for easing the position of refugees and displaced persons. "UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos has been in Damascus and other parts of Syria these days. There is the consent of the Syrian government to resolve these issues," he said.

He added that there is the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees that is ready to help those who are staying at camps in Turkey, Jordan and other countries.

"The problems of the security of civilians should be tackled through these methods tested by international humanitarian law. If attempts are made to create no-fly zones and security zones for military purposes on the pretext of the humanitarian crisis, this is unacceptable," Lavrov said. 

No-fly zones imposed by NATO and Arab allies helped Libyan rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi last year.

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Jenn Smith Aug. 19, 2012, 12:32 a.m.    

Why not a No Fly Zone over New York?

What if Lebanon voted in the UN that US military planes could not fly over Occupy Wall Street protests, and Lebanese NATO planes flew over US territory, banning any US fighter jets the ability to patrol their own skies?

Lavrov is completely justified in defending Syria's sovereignty, just as any nation is entitled to repel attacks from outside. If insurgents were funded and armed by outside nations, as they are in Syria, and the world knows this now, then such a nation has every right to repel the foreign funded terrorists.

Right now foreign funded terrorists are doing bomb attacks on Syrian schools and infrastructure, that is terrorism plain and simple.

The Marxist USSR was against the concept of NATION as well, they did the genocide of 11 million Ukrainian nationalists in the HOLODOMOR.



Nationalism is what the Syria war is all about. HOLODOMOR was about nationalism and the Marxists attempt to kill off the Ukrainian nationalists.

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