Saturday, 25 February 2012

Syria's internal opposition 'not invited to Tunis'

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Syria Opposition Group Boycotts Tunis Meeting, Rejects Escalated Militarization
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A Syrian opposition group announced it was boycotting the international "Friends of Syria" conference in Tunis, as it complained of exclusion and fearing escalated militarization.

The National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change (NCCDC) denounced “attempts to leave the door open to militaries” the unrest in Syria.

"We have seen a dangerous trend towards ... specifying who represents the Syrian people ... leaving the issue of armament vague and opening the door to accept the idea of foreign military intervention," a statement said.
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Haytham Manna, head of NCCDC delegation to Tunis
All that came "despite assurances from the Tunisian President (Moncef Marzouki) that opposition groups will be treated equally and that there will not be recognition of one party at the expense of the others, and that foreign military intervention is a red line and that increasing militarization is dangerous."

The NCCDC had already sent a delegation to Tunis, headed by prominent Paris-based figure Haitham Manna.

Headed by Hassan Abdel Azim, the NCCDC strongly opposes a Libya-style military intervention in Syria to topple the Assad regime.

A draft final declaration of the Tunis meeting calls for the Arab League to convene a meeting of the Syrian opposition and praises the Syrian National Council (SNC), formed in exile.

But it does not appear to give the SNC exclusive recognition, calling it only "a legitimate representative of Syrians seeking peaceful democratic change."

"... "And [there is] general agreement that while all of us have been working with various humanitarian well-known organizations, U.N. organizations on the ground, that the real challenge is the access issue. And it is going to be up to the Syrian government to be -- the Syrian authorities, the Syrian regime -- to respond to the international community's real commitment to provide the type of assistance."
The Tunis meeting should result in concrete proposal for speeding humanitarian and medical assistance to the civilians inside Syria, but all would require the agreement of the Assad regime, the official said.
The second main focus of the Tunis meeting will be to coalesce around a plan to transition toward democracy in Syria. Members of the Syrian National Council, the opposition group composed mostly of people living outside Syria, has its own plan for transition that it will present at the Tunis meeting. That plan and the Arab League backed plan for transition are not mutually exclusive, the State Department official said....
The third focus of the Tunis meeting will be how the international community can coordinate sanctions to bring maximum pressure and isolation on the Assad regime.
How does the "Friends of Syria" group plan to incentivize Assad to go along with any of these ideas? According to a report by the Associated Press, Clinton and the other leaders are considering issuing Assad a 72-hour ultimatum whereby he would have to agree to a ceasefire and grant humanitarian access or face as yet unspecified additional penalties. The ceasefire could be granted in 2 hour per day increments, as the International Committee for the Red Cross has suggested....
Representatives from Syria's internal opposition groups will not be at the conference. One administration official told The Cable that Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford had urged in internal discussions that opposition council leaders from Damascus and Homs be included in the Tunis meeting but ultimately they were not invited..."

Friends of Istanbul Council meeting in Tunis
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In July 2011 – Israeli and French Jewish group, Democratic Change in Syria, held a meeting in Saint-Germain in France. The meeting was attended by French Jewish leaders, Israeli officials and Moulhem Droubi representing Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.
Now, a new US-sponsored ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting is scheduled to be held in Tunis on Friday. China, Russia and Lebanon have announced they will not be attending the meeting as it is meant only to support the opposition to bring a pro-USraeli regime change in Damascus.

The Friends of Syria group was created by the US, EU and some members of the Arab League (AL) after China and Russia vetoed US-sponsored anti-Assad resolution at the UN Security Council. This will be group’s first meeting which will be attended by the USrael-supported Syrian National Council (SNC) but not representatives from Syrian government. Furthermore, the meeting will be headed by France, Turkey and Tunisia which are closely connected to USrael imperialism in the Muslim East. Those three countries have diplomatic and military relations with the Zionist entity.

Moscow statement said the meeting would not be able to improve dialogues between Assad’s government and the opposition on the ways to end the 11 month violence which is supported by foreign governments. Lebanese leaders called the meeting another ‘Israeli Project’.

Russian, Lebanese and independent delegates which have visited Syria, dispute the the western death count of 6,000 persons blamed on Syrian security forces. They say it is a propaganda lie fabricated by London-based Syrian human rights group (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) funded by British foreign secretary, Israel-Firster William Hague and the American ‘National Endowment for Democracy (NED)‘, which is headed by a Zionist Jew by the name Carl Gershman, who served at American Jewish Committee and Jewish B’nai B’rith.

China’s deputy foreign minister Zhai Jun who visited Damascus early this month – called for all sides to stop violence and give president Assad’s reforms a chance. He strongly condemned western agenda of regime change in Damascus and offered China’s services “to play a constructive role with all sides for the peaceful resolution of the Syrian crisis“. Tehran had made a similar offer last month.

An influential Chinese newspaper on Monday warned that western backing of the Syrian rebels could trigger a civil war in the violence-hit nation as happened in neighboring Iraq.

Lebanese living in Syria are the major targets of the pro-Israel thugs belonging to the so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’. According to daily Al-Akhbar, “kidnappings, killings, and vandalism against Lebanese-owned businesses have been on the rise in the past two weeks“.

Al Faisal: "'Not enough!"
"(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's delegation walked out of a "Friends of Syria" meeting in Tunis on Friday over what it saw as the gathering's "inactivity", Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said ... The television station said Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal left the meeting after saying in a speech that focusing on humanitarian aid to Syria was "not enough".
Asked about the report, an aide to the Saudi foreign minister told Reuters: "We left to attend bilateral meetings" on the sidelines of the "Friends of Syria" conference.
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