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UN Envoy Kofi Annan's Six-Point Plan for Syria

03/05/2012 3:55 pm

Dr Harry Hagopian, the Bishops' Consultant on the Middle East

In today's two-part Middle East Analysis, Bishops' consultant on the MENA region Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the state of play in Syria 

Part One

In part one, Dr Hagopian looks at the six-point peace plan for Syria proposed by UN Envoy Kofi Annan:  

"I believe the Kofi Annan plan represents the last chance saloon for Syria. There have been so many attempts, so many resolutions, so many meetings in order to try to find a solution to the Syrian problem.

"On the one hand people want to get rid of the regime but on the other hand, they are not sure what to replace it with because there's no clarity with the opposition. There are so many intertwined dynamics in Syria - not just in the country itself but in the region."

In part one, we also look at the realities in Bahrain - a state that just weeks ago controversially hosted a Formula 1 Grand Prix. The focus has now shifted to the plight of hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a human rights and political activist who will be retried by a civil court in Bahrain after a military court sentenced him to life in prison for plotting against the state.

The full podcast can be downloaded/played at the top right-hand corner of this page.

Duration: 17m 43s

Part Two

In this concluding part of today's podcast Dr Harry Hagopian looks ahead to the presidential elections in Egypt and re-examines tensions between Israel and Palestine in the Holy Land.

The full podcast can be downloaded/played at the top right-hand corner of this page.

Duration: 20m 16s

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MENA 19 - Part One

In part one of today's Middle East Analysis, Bishops' Consultant on the Middle East North Africa region, Dr Harry Hagopian, looks at the fragile 'ceasefire' in Syria and Kofi Annan's six-point plan. He also analyses the situation in the state of Bahrain.   mena19.mp3 7.54 MB
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