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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. …


“Constrained Intervention” Speech by Lord Owen to The Dublin Institute of International and European Affairs

Constrained Intervention: Speech by Lord Owen to The Dublin Institute of International and European Affairs

Published 5 October, 2011

The UN Security Council Resolution on Libya and its implementation by NATO is an interesting example of a new form of intervention that I have called constrained intervention.  It makes legal military action which is designed to tilt the balance of fighting on the ground in the country of a member …