Category Archives: Syria – political solution

Syrian opposition make impossible demands to try and collapse peace talks

The Syrian ‘opposition’, a bunch of terrorist jihadis funded by Saudi, Qatar, the US and the UK have refused to negotiate with the Syrian government unless the Syrian government agrees, in advance, that it will not be any part of the future government of Syria. This is despite the fact that the Assad government has widespread popular support and the jihadis have little or none and no claim to be the government of Syria.

The fact that the Syrian ‘opposition’ wants complete surrender from the Syrian government, before they begin talks, shows that they are not at all serious about this attempt to reach a peaceful solution at this conference, to which they have been dragged kicking and screaming. Clearly they wish the talks to fail so that they can resume their terror campaign against the Syrian people.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/24/uk-syria-crisis-idUKBREA0J0SX20140124

EU to allow Syrian ‘rebels’ to sell oil to fund their violence, in contravention of international law

EU to allow Syrian ‘rebels’ to sell oil to fund their violence, in contravention of international law

Gearoid O’Colmain tells the truth about the western plan for control of Syrian oil

John Mc Cain admits the real reason for US supporting regime change in Syria

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/john-mccain-u-s-must-arm-syria-rebels-to-deter-iran-from-nuclear-ambitions-1.533132

.S. Senator John McCain said in an interview published Monday that arming Syrian rebels is an important step in deterring Iran from its nuclear ambitions.

Speaking to Army Radio on a visit to Israel, the Republican senator deflected concerns that weapons provided to rebels could fall into the hands of terrorists, who might use them against the United States and Israel.

“There’s [sic] no good options,” said McCain, “Would you rather have these weapons – perhaps some of them – in the hands of the wrong people, or would you rather have [Syrian President] Bashar Assad prevail and then encourage Iran to further their ambitions on nuclear weapons?”

Joining McCain in the interview was fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who criticized the Obama administration’s hesitation in acting on threats to Assad over his use of chemical weapons.

“When you say to a leader of another country, ‘You can’t cross this line,’ and that person does and nothing happens, it’s not good. The Iranians need to believe that America’s serious about stopping their nuclear program. I think our policies in Syria are sending a mixed message,” Graham told Army Radio.

With Russia and Iran arming Assad’s forces, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah fighters joining the war on his behalf, Western powers have agreed to step up aid to the mainly Sunni rebels.

U.S. President Barack Obama, citing the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons, announced June 13 his decision to provide military aid to rebels fighting to overthrow Assad.

UK and France plan to arm Syrian rebels despite opposition from EU, Russia and Amnesty International

The UK and France, acting on Obama’s orders, have deliberately spoiled any chance of an agreement with EU partners on renewal of current EU embargo on arms to Syria. This means that when the EU embargo ends (1st June) each EU country will be free to pursue its own course of action regarding sending arms to Syrian rebels and of course, in the case of the UK and France, we know what that means. All EU other EU countries and Russia, as well as bodes such as Amnesty International, oppose arming the Syrian rebels on the grounds that it can only reduce the chances of a successful political solution and increase the violence and suffering for innocent civilians

US pushes Europe to amend arms embargo on Syrian rebels)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/22/syria-arms-embargo-rebels

Syria Rebels ‘Committing War Crimes’, Amnesty Urges Caution Over Arming Opposition

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/03/13/syria-opposition-war-crimes-amnesty-rebels_n_2867000.html

Russia says EU lifting Syria embargo hurts chances for peace

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/May-28/218612-russia-says-eu-lifting-syria-embargo-hurts-chances-for-peace.ashx

EU failure will allow UK, France to arm Syrian rebels

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/27/us-syria-crisis-eu-idUSBRE94Q09320130527

Reuters) – Britain and France are free to supply weapons to Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad from August, after attempts to renew an EU arms embargo on Syria failed on Monday.

After a marathon negotiating session in Brussels, EU governments failed to bridge their differences and let a ban on arming the opposition expire, with France and Britain scoring a victory at the expense of EU unity.

Britain and France have made a commitment not to deliver arms to the Syrian opposition “at this stage,” an EU declaration said. But EU officials said the commitment effectively expires on August 1.

The refusal of London and Paris to go along with the arms embargo could have caused the collapse of all EU sanctions against Syria, embarrassing the EU and handing a victory to Assad. EU ministers managed to avert that by agreeing to reinstate all of the restrictions except for the arms embargo on the rebels.

EU sanctions on Syria that will remain in place include asset freezes and travel bans on Assad and senior Syrian officials, as well as curbs on trade, infrastructure projects and the transport sector.

London and Paris have argued for months that Europe must send a strong signal of support for rebels fighting Assad by allowing EU arms deliveries, even though they say they have not decided yet to actually supply arms.

But they ran into strong opposition from other EU governments, led by Austria and Sweden, which argued that sending more weapons to the region would increase violence and spread instability.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the EU meeting had effectively ended the EU’s arms embargo on the Syrian opposition.

“While we have no immediate plans to send arms to Syria, it gives us the flexibility to respond in the future if the situation continues to deteriorate,” Hague told reporters.

SWAYING THE CONFLICT

London and Paris were seeking to increase the opposition’s leverage in planned U.S. and Russian co-sponsored peace talks expected next month by raising the prospect they could supply arms to the rebels if the political process made no headway.

The debate has gained urgency because of military gains by Assad’s troops and allegations of chemical weapons use.

French newspaper Le Monde published first-hand accounts on Monday of Syrian forces loyal to Assad having repeatedly used chemical weapons against rebel fighters in Damascus.

But while a number of member states softened their opposition to amending the EU arms embargo and said they could back a compromise, Britain was unyielding in the talks, diplomats said.

“The British didn’t give an inch,” one diplomat said.

Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said he regretted it had not been possible to find a compromise with Britain and France.

Spindelegger said the Austrian government would now discuss what to do about its 380 soldiers patrolling the U.N. ceasefire line on the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria. Vienna has said in the past it might have to pull them out if the arms embargo was eased.

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, sought to repair any damage to the bloc’s image, saying Monday’s decision did not mean the EU has lost the capacity to “have a common policy.”

“What it does mean is there is a recognition that in trying to establish how best to support the people of Syria, countries will want to make some decisions (on their own),” she told reporters.

Even if Britain and France decide to supply arms to the rebels, they will have to authorize any shipments on a case-by-case basis and follow safeguards to ensure no equipment lands in the wrong hands.

(Additional reporting by Ilona Wissenbach, Claire Davenport, Rex Merrifield in Brussels, Yesim Dikmen in Istanbul; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Bill Trott)

Syria: SAA Liberate More Towns – Disturbing Findings

 

http://www.syrianews.cc/syria-saa-liberate-towns-disturbing-findings/

When the terrorists were thought to be winning by their masters in the west, all calls for dialogue and a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis were trashed by the western and regional sponsors of Alqaeda ‘freedom fighters’, but when the tide turned against their agents, everybody is now calling for a ‘peaceful solution’ and a new international peace conference. Syrian state vowed to fight terror and discuss peace based on the facts on the ground. Therefore the Israeli (nuke) raid, the Turkish intelligence bombings in Reyhanieh (Reyhanli), and a chemical weapon craze, now lowered.

In an unexpected location all western mainstream media gives the impression it’s out of the state control, units of the Syrian Arab Army clears a main road, Idleb – Areha road is now safe and cleansed of terrorists and their traces of IEDs – Improvised Explosive Devices. Some of the devices were with remote control and others were wired as part of the ‘humanitarian aid’ Nusra Front terrorists receive from NATO member states.

Syria peace talks ‘unlikely in May’: Russia source

A high-ranking Russian diplomatic source said on Saturday it is highly unlikely that a proposed international peace conference on Syria could be held this month because of differences over who should take part.

“It is unlikely before the end of May,” said the source who participated in talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday.

“This is a very complicated matter,” he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. “It’s unrealistic to set some kind of a tight timeframe.”

Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry offered to hold a new international conference in search of peace in Syria after 26 months of deadly conflict.

The source said Putin and Cameron had discussed “a number of preparatory concrete steps on the way to convening some kind of format”.

“It is too early to say whether it will be a conference or something else,” the diplomatic source was quoted as saying.

“There are too many differences: who can take part in this format, who is legitimate, who is not legitimate.

“It is obvious that this cannot be done without representatives from the opposition but the question is, what opposition,” he said, arguing that the opposition in Syria was not united and therefore could not speak with one voice.

http://www.france24.com/en/20130511-syria-peace-talks-unlikely-may-russia-source

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