24/05/2013

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May 23, 2013

Participants in the so-called “Friends of Syria” conference considered on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad had no role in the future of Syria and pledged to “boost support to the opposition until a transitional government is in place.”

In a joint statement issued at the end of more than five hours of talks in Jordan, the 11 nations agreed that “Assad, his regime, and his close associates with blood on their hands cannot play any role in the future of Syria”.

The statement added that “the ministers also said that until Geneva conference in June results in the formation of a transitional government, they will intensify support to the opposition, and will take all the necessary measures.”

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=94659&...

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'New US Senate bill on Syria'

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May 20, 2013

Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a new bill to support the transition in Syria (Syria Transition Support Act).

This text, which reflects John Kerry’s efforts, focuses on six key elements: 
- Authority to provide arms (including ground-to-air missiles) and military training to the Syrian armed opposition; 
- Creation of an annual $250 million fund through FY2015 for regional transition support; 
- Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Syria. 
- Humanitarian assistance. 
- Coordination between the government and Congress for the Geneva 2 conference; 
- Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act to allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and chemical weapons are secured.Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a new bill to support the transition in Syria (Syria Transition Support Act).

This text, which reflects John Kerry’s efforts, focuses on six key elements: 
- Authority to provide arms (including ground-to-air missiles) and military training to the Syrian armed opposition; 
- Creation of an annual $250 million fund through FY2015 for regional transition support; 
- Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Syria. 
- Humanitarian assistance. 
- Coordination between the government and Congress for the Geneva 2 conference; 
- Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act to allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and chemical weapons are secured.

President Barack Obama called his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman to rile against Hezbollah’s intervention, at odds with Lebanon’s policy of neutrality.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article178559.html

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'Kerry warns Syria's Assad against rejecting political solution'

May 22, 2013

(Reuters) - Western governments are ready to increase support to opponents of President Bashar al-Assad if he rejects a political solution to Syria's civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Kerry said recent military gains by Assad's forces were only temporary and that if the Syrian leader believed that the counter-offensives against the rebels would be decisive, "then he is miscalculating".

Kerry was speaking in Amman before a meeting of the Friends of 'Syriagroup of nations' - mainly Western and Arab opponents of Assad.

08/05/2013

Syria: Washington seeking a 'peaceful' solution ?

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As a reminder

July 20, 2012

'Washington not seeking a peaceful solution for Syria crisis'

Washington has no desire to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis and has opted for a forced government change in the country, an American political analyst tells Press TV.
Lawrence Freeman, who works with Executive Intelligence Review, said in an interview on Friday that by arming and funding terrorist groups fighting against the Syrian government, US and other Western countries are trying to force government change.

He also accused Washington of following former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's policy of overturning sovereign nations under the so-called principle of “responsibility to protect” any time the West decides.

''So the US has no policy, has no vision for the future or to help the Syrian people. They are going for (former British premier) Tony Blair’s regime change policy and, by the way, Tony Blair, the author of this policy back in the 90s is now an adviser to [US] President [Barack] Obama,'' Freeman said.

The US analyst also said that Russia and China are opposing forced government change in Syria not only because of their ties with Damascus, but also because they want to stop this policy, since it might be aimed against them as well.

After Libya "the Russians, in particular, realize that this policy of overturning sovereign nations is also going to be aimed at them. China has a similar concern so they are going to fight this out. Not because of any immediate interest in Syria per se, although they have one, but because of a larger principle of stopping this policy," Freeman said.

Freeman's remarks came after Moscow and Beijing vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution against the Syrian government, which called for new sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/07/20/251891/us-not-after-peaceful-solution-in-syria/

 

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Photo: Israeli airstrike on Syria.  Obama on May 4, 2013: 'Israel has the right to defend itself'

Syria: Does Washington seeking a 'peaceful' solution ?

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May 8, 2013

The United States and Russia have agreed to push both sides in Syria to find an end to the bloodshed, offering to hold an international conference in search of peace.

UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday "warmly welcomed" the agreement, a statement from his office said.

"This is the first hopeful news concerning that unhappy country in a very long time," it said. "The statements made in Moscow constitute a very significant first step forward. It is nevertheless only a first step."

"We agreed that Russia and the United States will encourage both the Syria government and opposition groups to find a political solution," Lavrov told reporters at a concluding news conference that ended after midnight.

Hopefully by the end of May the two ministers working together could convene an international conference to build on the Geneva accord agreed by world powers last June for a peaceful solution in Syria, they said.

Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from the UN headquarters in New York, said that the meeting between Kerry and Lavrov was 'significant because for the first time both countries were on the same page with regards to the political solution for Syria'.

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A peaceful solution ?

On May 5, 2013, Israeli airstrikes hit Syrian key military installations and were the second by Israel in as many days...