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'Friends of Syria' call for end to violence

2012-02-24 21:56

Tunis - Arab and Western nations in Tunisia for the first "Friends of Syria" meeting called Friday for an immediate end to violence in the country and for new sanctions on the regime of President Bashar Assad.

In a final declaration, the group called for the regime to immediately end all violence to allow for humanitarian aid to be brought in.

"The Friends' Group called on the Syrian government immediately to cease all violence and to allow free and unimpeded access by the UN and humanitarian agencies," it said.

"It demanded that the Syrian regime immediately permit humanitarian agencies to deliver vital relief goods and services to civilians affected by the violence," it said.

It also vowed to "press the Syrian regime to stop all acts of violence" by enforcing current sanctions and introducing new ones, including with travel bans, asset freezes, ceasing oil purchases, reducing diplomatic ties and preventing the shipment of arms.

"Participants committed to take steps to apply and enforce restrictions and sanctions on the regime and its supporters as a clear message to the Syrian regime that it cannot attack civilians with impunity," it said.

It also recognised the main opposition umbrella group, the Syrian National Council (SNC), as "a legitimate representative of Syrians seeking peaceful democratic change" but fell short of giving it exclusive recognition.

The declaration did not fully endorse some Arab calls for peacekeepers to be deployed to Syria, with the declaration saying only that it "noted the Arab League's request to the United Nations Security Council to issue a resolution to form a joint Arab-UN peacekeeping force".

Comments
  • Anthony - 2012-02-25 04:35

    @Patrick, Fortunatelly for you, that you live in a country where it is not unlawful to support DICTATORS, TRANTS and MURDERERS

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 10:45

      Patrick, you seem to have some crazed issue with the Americans, Fine, but what has this to do Syria ???? Let me ask you a question, and please try to answer simply and straight forward; Say, you were living in Syria, and you were not happy with its government. You believed that this is a corrupt violent government , whose former ruler, who happens to be the daddy of the current lifetime ruler , was also responsible for the death of thousands of Syrians, whose only "crime" was, that they did not want this assad dynasty to continue. Now, what would you do, to show your displeasure with this government, and want to be ruled by others ??????? Let me make it a bit easier for you and give you a few possibilities; 1) You write a letter to the pope !!! 2) you hang a little note on the noticeboard in your local supermarket saying you want a change of government!! 3) You go, unarmed, onto the streets ,and demonstrate!!! 4) ???????????????????????????????

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 15:09

      Michael, RELAX, RELAX RELAX !!!! "Anyone who is applauding the Assad regime violence is on the wrong side of the fence." Great, this is a good start. And now get enough courage, and condemn this assad regime violence in the strongest terms !!! Reading is obvious not your strong point. I have NEVER propagated that the US should send troops into Syria. ( At the very most a dozen marines to take out these assad thugs, and maybe than send them on a deep sea fishing expedition !!!! ) As a matter of fact, I don't believe the oppostion should be armed from outside of Syria. But while most of the world is disgusted with Russia and China propping up this dictator. and while Russia and Iran continue shipping in arms by the tons, you just want to get rid of your rather silly anti USA frustrations !!!!!! And when you got a calm moment, please answer a rather simple question; " WHAT would you do , if you lived in Syria, and you wanted a change of government, WHAT would you do ?????????????????????

      Leon - 2012-02-25 15:50

      patrick and i'm not going to call you TWAT What have you done from your part to make this world a better place Even to make South Africa a better place And stuffing your mouth with KFC to show you like this american product doesn't count. Syria needs help people is dying and you just go on and on about the West

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 16:02

      @Patrick, Let me just try and get something in , between all the insults you spew out. I have never lived in the USA, and doubt I ever will. Ans when it comes to American foreign policy, there is much, I don't agree with. But I don't understand what all of this, has to do with what's happening in Syria!!!!! Let me have a last attempt , to get an answer to my question: I asked you, WHAT would you do , if you lived in Syria, and you wanted a change of goevernment????? The reason I ask you, cause this is what the problem is in Syria. This is what brought about this civil war. A few thousand UNARMED Syrians went onto the streets to "shout" that they no longer wanted assad and his family. And what did assad do ? Did he say; come let's sit down and try to solve our differences ????, or did he say ; let's have a referendum on various issues ????? NO, he told HIS troops to fire live amunition on this OPPOSITION !! Now, I ask you for a last time; WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE!!!

      Fred - 2012-02-25 22:11

      Patrick, here is another example of your disgusting racism and prejudice.

  • Michael - 2012-02-25 16:31

    Patrick, its pointless trying to dialogue with this rabid tag team who will never accept any other point of view, They are obsessed with Assad. I suspect they could well be agents provocateur who have been charged with the task of influencing public opinion in favor of the rebellion, rather than just ordinary users of this site, such is the biased ferocity of their comments. Any body asking reasonable questions about what is going on in Syria and the events leading up to the current crisis is slated by this pair and their immediate response is to make out that you are therefor a supporter of Assad. Its just a pointless waste of time.

      Fred - 2012-02-25 16:51

      Then write about Assad as much as you do about the so-called West. And get your facts straight, don't lie.

      Michael - 2012-02-25 17:04

      QED Ladies and Gentlemen.

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 17:21

      @Michael, Well most of the world is rather "obsessed" with this assad. There are not that many heads of state, that for 11 months non stop mowes down its opposition!!! And what your buddy Patrick concerns, he can't even answer a simple question. And than if he makes a comment like; "You carry on being a disgusting Cyber terrorist for America." than one wonders if he maybe is a 12 year old school boy !!! ps, and to get 19 thumbs down within 10 minutes, on a site like this, is ok , but rather strange............................. !!

      Fred - 2012-02-25 17:44

      You were wrong with Libya, and you are wrong with Syria. You'll be wrong with Iran too, which is next, unless you change your faulty perspective.

      Fred - 2012-02-25 22:16

      This is another example of your heartlessness. "People die in revolutions. It will take it's course." The Syrian people need help. Instead you're obsessed with your dumb anti-US rhetoric. Women and children are dying, being maimed, detained, tortured. This is happening under your nose. While you distract and blind yourself with your uninformed, racists, prejudiced stupidity. People die in revolutions. It will take it's course. Disgusting. Despicable. Heartless.

      Michael - 2012-02-25 23:17

      QED again and again. LOL!!!!! Anthony (Aka Africa) I find my thumbs up thumbs down doesn't work ,must be something with the software so I don't bother using it. I personally prefer to comment and express my views. I wouldn't let it get to you. Yes unfortunately the "mowing" will become worse since your friends have pushed this situation and ensured maximum polarization. As I have said many times, Assad will not be removed easily. No pontificating by the likes of Billary will have any effect. The regime has had all those years to entrench itself. You will become increasingly vitriolic in your comments in the coming months and your frustration will know no bounds. Why not use the time to have a careful look at the likes of Obama. Look at his promises to close down Guantanamo within months of being elected, yet we still have prisoners there held for ten years without trial! When a person blows the whistle on the US government (Wikileaks) he faces court marshal and possible death penalty/life imprisonment. Its not surprising that so many people around the world no longer regard the USA as a trustee of human rights and justice.

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 23:20

      Patrick, you are so frightingly muddled up, and through some crazy hatred for the USA, you miss entirely what is happening in Syria. I doubt the name USA comes into anyone's mind in Syria. It is the Syrians , who want this assad out, and that's ALL that matters to them. And if you would just even try to understand the question I asked you, you might just possibly grasp the problem in Syria. " What would YOU have done, if you were living in Syria, and you wanted a change of government, WHAT ?????"

      Michael - 2012-02-25 23:21

      Hey Patrick !!He called you a racist WTF? The ultimate insult!!!!

      Fred - 2012-02-25 23:21

      How's that going to help the Syrian people? How did the peaceful demonstrators that Assad killed with sniper-fire polarize this situation?

      Anthony - 2012-02-25 23:43

      @Michael, Well, how lucky can I get, that your ,thumbs down, is not working. But, I will help you out, with every comment I post, I will "imagine" one thumbs down from you. ok ? WHAT is it that you don't understand about Syria ???????? What has happened on the streets of Homs and many other towns and cities in Syria, for the past 11 months, has not been influenced one iota by the West. These Syrian opposition members would look at you in disbelieve if you would tell them this. WHAT has the USA or Europe done to help the Syrian oppostion ? NOTHING !!!! Ohhh yes , a two hour conference in Tunis, and THATS ALL !! So why bring in the USA continiously in this tragedy!! You just use the USA as a smokescreen, that you have decided you will rather back this life long president, and not the Syrian opposition !!!

      Fred - 2012-02-26 00:18

      Michael, racism means a lot to us South Africans. We know what it means. We've felt it. You're so wrong about do much. I remember when you were on this website telling us Libyans were completely behind Gaddafi, he and they would prevail, and the evil world powers (which invluded Turkey a country of 73 million Muslims, and the Arab League representing 350 million Muslims) would be defeated.

      Anthony - 2012-02-26 10:03

      @Patrick Your comments are becoming silly by the day. Where are the "insults" in Fred's comment????? He is merely pointing out, that Michael has been sooo wrong before and with syria he is doing the same. That's all !!!

      Fred - 2012-02-26 17:27

      That is referencing your personal choice of ideas, Patrick. They were racist, prejudiced, stupid.

      nowicki1 - 2012-02-26 17:35

      "You'll be wrong with Iran too, which is next", no no no Fred. You see YOU will be wrong with Iran, supporting a strike on Iran shows just how deluded you are. The consequences of any fighting with Iran would be DEVASTATING, these war mongers are pushing us into WW3 while you cheer them on, pathetic !

      Fred - 2012-02-26 17:49

      The Iranian people are likely to rise up and throw out the rogue Iranian regime that stole the last election. One hundred million people of the Middle East have freed themselves from decades of oppression. With Assad gone, and go he will, this will embolden the Iranian people (not all of them of course, but the vast majority).

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