‘Friends of Syria’ Group encourages extremists



Friends of Syria Group ‘Encourages Extremists’ – Moscow

MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) – A resolution adopted by the Friends of Syria Group in Rome on Thursday encourages extremists there to seize power by force, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday.
US, EU and Arab officials who met in Rome on Thursday pledged more assistance to the Syrian opposition fighting against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, recognizing the National Coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
“There is a general understanding within the international community that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis,” Lukashevich said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.
“Meanwhile, judging by incoming reports, the decisions made in Rome, as well as the statements that were made there, both in letter and in spirit encourage extremists to seize power by force, regardless of the inevitable suffering of ordinary Syrians.” He did not elaborate.
The Rome statement praised the opposition National Coalition for its reform efforts, urged Assad’s regime to end “indiscriminate bombardments against populated areas,” and deplored “the unabated arms supply to the regime by third countries.”
The US pledged $60 million in “non-lethal” assistance for the Syrian political opposition.
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday the US would send the Syrian opposition an additional $60 million in non-lethal aid, but still refuses to supply the weapons and sophisticated military supplies the rebels have said they need.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow’s position on Syria stems from its concern for the Syrian people, and not the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.

The United States has called for Assad to step down, but Russia says it is concerned that the Syrian president’s forced departure would make the conflict worse.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said last Tuesday foreign military supplies to Syria’s armed opposition have been growing. He reiterated Russia’s official position that Moscow will not carry out fresh arms deliveries to the Syrian government, but is only supplying arms and military equipment under contracts signed before the civil war, which has claimed some 70,000 lives according to the latest UN estimates.

Last Monday, Lavrov denied Moscow had tried to smuggle arms components into Syria via Finland, and said there are no Russian troops in Syria apart from several dozen technical staff at the Tartus naval support facility. Russia’s state-run arms dealer Rosoboronexport said on Wednesday it is supplying air-defense missile systems and maintenance and servicing equipment to Syria, but not combat aircraft.

Photo: US, EU and Arab officials meeting in Rome as the Friends of Syria Group



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I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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3 Responses to ‘Friends of Syria’ Group encourages extremists

  1. kruitvat says:

    ‘Friends of Syria’ Group ‘Immoral’

    MOSCOW, July 7 2012 (RIA Novosti)

    Meetings being organized by the ‘Friends of Syria’ group are one-sided and immoral, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has said.

    “Russia, China and a number of other countries which have traditionally friendly relations with the Syrian Arab Republic and its people have refused to join those ‘friends’ because we believe that the format that they have chosen is not only politically wrong, but also immoral,” Lukashevich said.

    His remarks followed a conference of the Friends of Syria group held in Paris on Friday, in which representatives of some 100 countries took part.
    Participants in the talks voiced strong criticism of Russia and China for their reluctance to join Western and Arab governments in calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
    In her address to the delegates, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Moscow and Beijing “will pay a price” for “holding up progress” on Syria, urging the participating countries to put pressure on Russia and China to withdraw their support for Assad.

    Lukashevich said in his comments that the U.S. and its allies’ “friendship” with the Syrian opposition alone could further deepen the bloody 17-month-long conflict between the Syrian government and those fighting it.

    “This would mean only one thing – the continuation of bloodshed and new human tragedies,” Lukashevich said.
    “We have an impression that some of the participants in the Geneva meeting on July 30 this year do not take seriously the responsibility that ensues from the provisions of its final communique,” he added.

    Instead of pushing the conflicting Syrian sides to work together to achieve peaceful transition, he said, the Friends of Syria group organize “politico-propagandist performances in the spirit of party congresses, where the fate of Syria is being discussed in the absence of its representatives and loud calls on oppositionists to launch an uncompromising fight to overthrow the Syrian leadership are being heard.”

    Those calls are being strengthened by “generous promises of financial and economic support, as well as behind-the-scenes hints at the possibility of using a military scenario” in Syria, he added.

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a report submitted to the Security Council on Friday that the United Nations cannot verify the number of people killed in Syria since the beginning of the unrest in March 2011.


  2. kruitvat says:

    Moscow Warns West of ‘Big War’ in Syria

    MOSCOW, July 5 2012 (RIA Novosti)

    Moscow lashed out on Thursday at the Western position on Syria, saying it could aggravate the situation to the point of war.
    “Their [Western] position is most likely to exacerbate the situation, lead to further violence and ultimately a very big war,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
    The West has also distorted the Russian position on Syria by suggesting Moscow should offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asylum, he said.
    “This is either an unscrupulous attempt to mislead serious people who shape foreign policy or simply a misunderstanding of what is going on,” Lavrov said.
    He also warned that Russia will reject any UN Security Council peace enforcement resolution on Syria, since that would be “nothing but intervention.”
    The minister also said representatives of the Syrian opposition will visit Moscow next week.
    On Wednesday, Moscow urged Syrian opposition groups to unite to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis.


  3. kruitvat says:

    Russia Urges Syria Opposition to Unite ‘For Peace’

    MOSCOW, July 4 2012 (RIA Novosti)

    Moscow is calling on Syrian opposition groups to unite to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
    “Moscow believes it is very important for Syrian opposition groups to unite as soon as possible,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that there is no alternative to the peaceful resolution of the crisis on the basis of generally recognized international principles.
    The opposition should be prepared to cooperate with the Syrian government, the ministry said.
    Moscow will continue intensive contacts with Damascus and opposition groups “to set in motion a constructive political process,” the ministry said.


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