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Syria: a roadmap to peace

Article by Lord Owen published in The Guardian 3 May 2013

Syrians need a regional settlement that is owned by the region – and the UN security council must make that happen

The lesson of history for dealing with Syria in 2013 is to avoid a repeat of 1919. At the Paris conference dominated by the United States, Britain and France, Lloyd George was heard to say: “Mesopotamia … yes …


Only a no-fly zone brokered with Russia can bring peace to Syria

Article by Lord Owen published in The Telegraph 27 September, 2012

In New York this week, addressing the UN General Assembly, David Cameron said of Syria: “The blood of these young children is a terrible stain on the reputation of the United Nations.” This is too glib. The reputation that is being damaged is not that of the UN, but of the five permanent members of the Security Council: China, …


We Can Intervene in Syria, With Russia’s Blessing

Article by Lord Owen published in The Guardian 8-9 June, 2012

The UN and Nato must heed the lessons of Kosovo and Bosnia: that diplomacy and force are effective only in alliance.

Kofi Annan, the UN special envoy to Syria, did not mince his words when the security council met yesterday. “If things do not change, the future is likely to be one of brutal repression, massacres, sectarian violence and


Annan is right for Syria. But he needs time

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. …


Lord Owen on the Tory government’s “schizophrenic” approach to the Middle East crises

Published in the Daily Mirror Friday, 18 March 2011

If you are watching the crises unfold throughout the Middle East, Britain’s approach might seem ­schizophrenic.

While the UK’s official response to crackdown in Libya was vocal against the Libyan authorities and in favour of the rebels, in Bahrain the response has been almost mute by ­comparison.

In part this is becauseof vested reasons Britain has deep interests in ­maintaining links …