Article by The RT Hon Lord Owen published in The Times Monday 16 April 2012

When Governments look to the UN it is usually because they have decided that they themselves cannot solve the conflict. This means that the UN starts, almost by definition, with an immensely difficult, often unsolvable, problem. Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, in calling upon his predecessor Kofi Annan to deal with Syria, chose very wisely. He had to have a negotiator who could command the respect of Russia and China on the Security Council if the deadlock was to be broken…

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