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Ambassador Wives Appeal To Syria's First Lady
The wives of the British and German ambassadors to the United Nations have written an open letter to the wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad, asking her to call for peace in her country.
In the unusual move, Sheila Lyall Grant, wife of British ambassador Sir Mark Lyall Grant, and Huberta Voss Wittig, wife of German ambassador Peter Wittig, converted the letter into a short video.
The video has been posted on YouTube, urging women all over the world to sign a change.org petition demanding Asma al Assad "stand up for peace... for the sake of your people".
"We are asking Asma Assad to take a risk... and to say openly, stop the bloodshed, stop it right now," Ms Lyall Grant and Ms Vos Wittig say.
As of Tuesday evening, the petition had more than 2,000 signatures.
It comes just weeks after reports that Mrs Assad cut ties with the daughter of the Emir of Qatar, who had emailed her then-friend urging her to go into exile to stabilise the situation in Syria.
Mrs Voss Wittig told Sky News that she and her friend Mrs Lyall Grant were also speaking in a personal capacity, as mothers and as international women - not on behalf of their governments.
The letter implies that Mrs Assad cares too much about her style and image and is duty-bound to try to protect the Syrian people, particularly the children she has professed in the past to love so much.
Mrs Voss Wittig denied that the letter, which comes at a crucial time in Syria, threatened to undermine the work of Kofi Annan.
Mr Annan has brokered a shaky ceasefire in the country, where a small team of UN monitors are now attempting to negotiate the terms of their deployment ahead of the possible arrival of a larger team.
The UN Security Council is due this week to hear about the mission's successes from Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon before it authorises more observers to travel to Syria.
Mrs Lyall Grant was unavailable to the British media for interview.
Mr Annan's spokesman did not respond to questions about whether or not joint envoy Mr Annan considered the wives' letter a help or a hindrance.
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what do you think?
Maybe if certain countries stopped the supply of weapons and money to the "rebels" then things might calm down, it is clear that Syria was intended to be Libya mark 2, but those pesky Chinese and Russians denied the UN Security Council votes to provide the "rebels" with an airforce. And just what is the present situation in Libya now? all sweetness and light or a broken mess of a nation?