West walks a diplomatic tightrope above burning Syria

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Not a day passes without an increase in the death toll of the now 14-month old uprising in Syria against President Bashar al-Assad, despite a United Nations-backed ceasefire negotiated by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan more than a month ago. In this interview with Mediapart’s Caroline Donati, Robert Malley, a former special advisor on the Middle East to US President Bill Clinton, and now Programme Director for Middle East-North Africa affairs with the International Crisis Group, analyses the options for the international community, and the US in particular, in bringing an end to the bloody repression by the Assad regime, which the UN says has now claimed the lives of at least 9,000 people.

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Not a day passes without an increase in the death toll of the now 14-month old uprising in Syria against President Bashar al-Assad, amid the evident failure of a United Nations-backed ceasefire negotiated by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan more than a month ago.