April 2nd, 2012
10:55 AM ET

Syrian National Council gains international support, vows to pay rebel fighters

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Jakob Kellenberger, arrives Monday in Syria for two days of talks with senior Syrian officials that are intended to respond to the humanitarian needs of those Syrians wounded and/or displaced. He arrives amid ongoing violence which killed at least 47 on Monday alone, according to opposition groups, and continuing international outcry against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"I am determined to see the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent expand their presence, range and scope of activities to address the needs of vulnerable people," Kellenberger said in a news release about his third such visit since last June. "This will be a key element of my talks with the Syrian officials."

Kellenberger, who was to meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid al-Mu'alem, Minister of the Interior Major-General Mohamad al-Shaar, and Minister of Health Dr Wael al-Halki, will also raise the issue of access to all places of detention. "Visiting people who have been detained remains a priority for us," he said. "I will also further discuss practical measures for implementing our initiative for a daily two-hour cessation of fighting. A daily pause in the hostilities is essential in order to evacuate wounded people and deliver aid if and when the fighting intensifies."

The release said the ICRC has, in recent weeks, obtained greater access to some of the areas affected by the unrest.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. raven

    Can't you just hear it? : Will you people PLEASE stop shooting at each other? Just two hours a day, please??

    April 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Hey, m.s.

    I don't know what the answer is, and I DO mean ANSWER, not cause, but it just needs to STOP!!

    April 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Me neither, sister.
    Me neither.
    More than enough blame to go around at this stage, though.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    hey, if this job doesn't work out..

    i used to bullseye wamprats back home.. they're not much bigger than 2 meters..

    April 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Seal team six needs ya, lee.

      April 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @banasy: lol we'll call it plan c

      April 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pete

    Assads,put an international bounty on his head,maybe then after a couple of assasination attempts ,he'll go hide,like the rat he is....The Turks are good at that,just givem some money,a picture,and let em go.Next morning,you'll have his head at your door,all done,no strings attached..No meddling from any body,no one to point fingers at,real professional...

    April 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Expectation leads to disappointment! And it sounds kinda foolish to me for anyone to expect this plan will work.

    April 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    I also think Pete has the best idea lmao!

    April 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |