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“Friends Of Syria” In Fact Friends Of Opposition

Xinhua News Agency
July 7, 2012

“Friends of Syria” are indeed friends of opposition

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Western countries’ pressure on al-Assad to step down and economic sanctions against his government on one hand and more money and weaponry aid for the opposition, on the other, would only push Syria into the abyss of civil war.

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BEIJING: The third “Friends of Syria” meeting called for tougher sanctions against the Syrian government to force change in the conflict-torn country and pledged more assistance to the opposition.

Compared to the previous two meetings, the gathering in Paris on Friday was nothing new. That’s because the Western-dominated meetings have but one theme — forcing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from office, analysts say.

The lopsided support for the Syrian opposition and insistence on pressuring Damascus have raised questions as to whether the “Friends of Syria” are indeed friends of the Syrian opposition?

MORE PRESSURE ON AL-ASSAD TO STEP DOWN

The conference of the so-called “Friends of Syria” group brought together more than 100 mainly Western and Arab countries and international organizations as well as the fractious Syrian opposition.

The gathering, which was initiated by France earlier this year, follows a meeting in Tunis and another in Istanbul, both of which called for tougher action against al-Assad’s government.

Speaking at the Paris meeting, French President Francois Hollande urged al-Assad to take responsibilities for the 16-month crisis and to hand over power in order to pave the way for political transition.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was more blunt. She called for “real and immediate consequences for non-compliance, including sanctions,” against the al-Assad government.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that the United Nations should use all necessary means to implement the six-point peace plan drawn up by Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria.

Fabius also said the UN Security Council should adopt resolutions under the UN Charter’s Chapter 7, which allows the council to authorize actions ranging from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military intervention.

DIVISIONS ON WHETHER TO USE FORCE

Western countries, however, remain at odds over whether to use force in Syria.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle backed a call for non-military action for the time being, saying force should only be discussed “when the implementation of the sanctions has not really made the progress they should have.”

Observers say that at present the Western countries are divided on ways to deal with the Syrian conflict, with those supporting political solutions taking the upper hand.

The Paris meeting also decided to “greatly increase assistance to the opposition” by giving them tools to communicate more securely with each other and the outside world.

By agreeing on such substantial aid to the opposition, the so-called “Friends of Syria” are indeed “Friends of the Syrian Opposition,” the analysts said.

Western media also built momentum for the Paris meeting with reports that said that a high-ranking Syrian military commander had defected in what would be a major blow to the al-Assad government.

LOPSIDED APPROACH WOULD ONLY FAN FLAMES

The Paris meeting still focused on forcing al-Assad to quit and fell short of solutions on how Syria should end the crisis after al-Assad’s departure, Syrian political analysts said.

At the same time, Western assistance to Syrian opposition groups would certainly boost their fighting morale and cause them to continue to refuse to open political dialogue with the government. That in turn would do little for obtaining a political solution to the crisis except to fan the flames, the analysts said.

Annan’s peace plan, which calls for an end to the fighting and a dialogue between Damascus and the opposition aimed at a “political transition” for the country, is the only solution to the crisis accepted by the international community, the analysts said.

Favoring any party in the conflict would only aggravate the crisis by setting up barriers to political solutions, they said.

Damascus had offered political reforms to include opposition figures in the political process. The newly-sworn government also sent a signal of setting up political dialogue to seek solutions to the crisis that would be acceptable to all parties.

If the Syrian opposition groups could shelve their disputes and actively participate in the political dialogue, the crisis would take a solid step towards a political solution, observers based in the Middle East said.

Western countries’ pressure on al-Assad to step down and economic sanctions against his government on one hand and more money and weaponry aid for the opposition, on the other, would only push Syria into the abyss of civil war, they said.

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  1. rosemerry
    July 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Why cannot the Western nations solve their own huge problems instead of constantly interfering in the affairs of any other nation?

  2. Michael
    July 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    “Friends of Syria” are the enemies of Peace and opponents of civil resolution of inner political crisis in Syria.
    House of Saud is the main financial, pseudo-religious and political backer of all forms of vicious, bloody and brutal violence committed by Al Qaida and other terrorists and self proclaimed Mujahideens in Syria for the past 16 months.
    While U.S. exports “unique bloody form of democracy” by terror of bombs, House of Saud exports Saudi Wahhabism or politically repressive, dogmatic and backward form of Salafi Islam by terror, bloodshed and sword inside and outside of the Kingdom.
    Najran Province of Saudi Arabia is better known as “the Empty Quarter”, totally emptied of Christian Arabs, prosecuted and cleansed by the Saudi Wahhabism, just like Shiite Muslims!

    Why is it that U.S. officials are always on the side of Saudis, the wrong side of history?

    Is it out of fear of being taken to Deera Square in Saudi capital Riyadh, better known as “Chop-Chop” Square due to daily beheadings? Just look at the behavior of Mrs Clinton in Paris yesterday!
    Perhaps the real ruler of U.S. is the King of Saudi Arabia: H.M. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz to whom the current and former U.S. Presidents and their entourage have to prove their loyalty not to the Constitution or People of the United States?!
    Mr Obama, remember: Chop-Chop Square is around the corner…..

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