UN chief hints asylum is not a way out for Assad
[Dawn] UN Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
has hinted that he would not favor an asylum deal for Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
as a way to end the country's civil war.

Ban was asked Wednesday about the potential for such a deal. He refrained to comment directly on the matter but told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
doesn't allow anyone "impunity."

Ban says that "whoever commits (a) gross violation of human rights
...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you...
must be held accountable and should be brought to justice. This is a fundamental principle." Ban spoke on the sidelines of UN climate talks in Qatar.

Assad vowed in an interview with Russia Today last month that he would never be forced into exile and that he would "live and die in Syria."

Posted by: Fred 2012-12-06