Saturday, July 19 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-07-19 14:01:27 GMT
Activists say Syrian government forces have launched a counter-attack to recapture a gas field seized by Islamic extremists, as the death toll from three days of fighting rises to more than 200.More >>
Syrian government forces have launched a counter-attack to recapture a gas field seized by Islamic extremists, activists said Saturday, as the death toll from three days of fighting there rose to more than 200 people killed.More >>
Friday, July 18 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:29:45 GMT
Across the broad swath of territory it controls bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix...More >>
Across the broad swath of territory they control bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix roads,...More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:52:07 GMT
The state's vehicle inspection law is now coming under closer scrutiny, with critics saying it's not necessary and unenforceable.More >>
Every day, hundreds of Mississippians get their cars inspected to make sure they are in proper driving condition. Also every day, hundreds of others don't. The state's vehicle inspection law is now coming under closer scrutiny, with critics saying it's not necessary and unenforceable.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:06:03 GMT
On Tuesday, a public hearing was held about the controversial TANF drug testing law. Implementation of this law has been delayed. Many who attended the hearing expressed concerns that they've had sinceMore >>
Many who attended the hearing expressed concerns that they've had about the TANF drug testing law since the legislative session.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:48:33 GMT
A Wayne county businessman that was wanted by authorities has died. Joseph Barnett's attorney, Katie Dickerson, confirmed that Barnett died at a Jackson hospital around 4 o'clock Tuesday morning. BarnettMore >>
A Wayne county businessman that was wanted by authorities has died.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:54:03 GMT
The Lamar County Sheriff's Department narcotics unit has made nearly a dozen arrests during a month long investigation. According to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, the narcotics unit has conductedMore >>
The Lamar County Sheriff's Department narcotics unit has made nearly a dozen arrests during a month long investigation. More >>
(RNN) - In a joint statement Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergy Lavrov would work "under the auspices of the Geneva Communiqué."
The Geneva Communiqué was drafted in June 2012 by Foreign Ministers from a number of countries, along with the Secretaries-General of the United Nations and League of Arab States who met as the Action Group for Syria.
The goal of the six-point plan is to end the civil war and ensure the sovereignty, independence, national unity and territorial integrity of Syria.
The Communiqué was unfortunately sidelined becuase of the increasing instability and violence in Syria.
"It is very unfortunate that for a long period the Geneva Communiqué was basically abandoned," said Lavrov.
As Kerry and Lavrov work to achieve a diplomatic solution to the situation in Syria, it is important to point out that the protocol set forth by the Geneva Communiqué would do three major things for the country.
It will bring an end to the violence
More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria's civil war that began in March 2011. The recent use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians has prompted calls to action in response to the crisis.
The Geneva Communiqué requires an end to all forms of violence. This must be sustained by the Syrian government with immediate, credible and visible actions.
Further, it requires both the Syrian government and opposition rebels to abide by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2042, which authorizes a team to monitor compliance with a ceasefire, and Resolution 2043, which sets up a Supervision Mission to observe the Kofi Annan peace plan for Syria.
As the transitional government is being formed, all parties must cooperate in order to maintain calm and stability. Armed groups must be disarmed, demobilized and reintegrated.
It will address human rights
According to the UN, factions on both sides of the conflict have committed human rights violations, including rape, murder, torture and hostage-taking.
The Geneva Communiqué requires that effective steps be taken to ensure that vulnerable groups are protected. The pace and scale of the release of arbitrarily detained persons must increase.
The Syrian government will be required to allow complete access to humanitarian organizations. It must also adhere to international law with regard to the protection of civilians.
The Communiqué also ensures freedom of movement throughout the country and requires the government to offer equal opportunity for all, regardless of ethnic, religious or other differences.
It will provide guidance for a Syrian-led transition
A wide range of Syrians have expressed to the U.N. their wishes for the future of their country. Syrians want a multi-party democratic state that has fair and equal elections, government officials to be held accountable for their actions and equal opportunities for all citizens.
The Syrian-led transition from a war-torn country to a cohesive one will be guided by principles set forth by the Action Group for Syria. The Communiqué requires that conflict must be resolved through peaceful dialog and negotiations by a transition government that includes members of the present government, members of the opposition and other groups.
Additionally, all parties must cooperate with the transitional government, and all parties must work together to be sure that all segments of Syrian society are heard during the transition. Women must be represented during all phases of the transition.
Once a transitional government is established, they must immediately begin preparing for and then conduct free and fair multi-party elections.
Action Group members will work to facilitate a Syrian led-political process and will step in to assist if additional steps or actions are needed.
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Monday, July 14 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:46:49 GMT
The state auditor's office has begun the process of reviewing the city of Hattiesburg's annual audit, according to spokesperson Brett Kittredge. "There were some serious findings, and that's why theyMore >>
A letter dated July 11to auditor Stacey Pickering from council president Kim Bradley said the independent review was sought "to verify the audit findings and to determine whether the qualified opinions are merited."More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:27 AM EDT2014-07-23 11:27:59 GMT
On this day in history - July 23rd, 1962 - Walter Cronkite gives the first public transatlantic television broadcast.Telstar 1, launched by NASA from a Delta rocket, made the broadcast possible. UnlikeMore >>
Walter Cronkite gives the first public transatlantic television broadcast.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:10 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:10:38 GMT
Two Laurel men who were charged with murder have now been released from jail after a Grand Jury no billed their murder charges. The Grand Jury returned "no true bills" for murder against Gregory Nix andMore >>
Two Laurel men who were charged with murder have now been released from jail after a Grand Jury no billed their murder charges. More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:10:22 GMT
Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The competition between the trio encompasses all sports and USM Athletic Director Bill McGillis, offered his view into the rivalry. "Southern Miss is theMore >>
Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
The competition between the trio encompasses all sports and USM Athletic Director Bill McGillis, offered his view into the rivalry.