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Saudis 'plotting' against Syria: Report

2012-06-04 13:03

Damascus - The pro-regime Al-Watan daily accused the Saudi authorities on Monday of "plotting" against Syria, and also of turning Lebanon into a springboard for attacking the country.

The newspaper accused Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal of "sending arms to fighters and mercenaries they are financing in north Lebanon", where weekend clashes between pro- and anti-Damascus factions left 14 dead.

"Saud al-Faisal is taking part in plans to transform [north Lebanon] into a buffer zone, to expel the Lebanese army, to stage attacks and kill Syrians," Al-Watan added.

Prince Saud accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday of "manoeuvring" to gain time, while ignoring UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan.

"Every initiative has been accepted by the Syrian regime and was not implemented. This is a way used by the regime to gain time," Prince Saud told reporters in Jeddah.

"What's going on in Tripoli is by no doubt an extension of the events in Syria. We have noticed since a while ago that the regime is turning the conflict into a sectarian conflict," he added.

"These things do not only threaten Lebanon but they also threaten Syria itself as it might divide the country and this is a very dangerous phenomenon.

"If this conflict spreads, it will create circumstances which are worse than the crisis itself."

Comments
  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 18:35

    Saudi Arabia isn't plotting. After fourteen months of your brutal oppression and destruction of the country, it decided you'd been given enough time and opportunity to answer the will of your people who only want the right to vote. It is helping Syrians defend themselves from your dark violence that you call "necessary surgery".

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 22:14

      Patrick, I feel I've pretty much gone as far as I can and want to with you, no offense.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-05 01:37

      I disagreed but followed you through the Annan mission. You said you trusted his judgement and supported his mission. Annan then openly states that Assad has not complied with the peace plan and is committing atrocities on the Syrian people. Instead of accepting what he discovered, you literally said nothing about it and changed focus, absolving Assad of responsibility and stated that "the Super Powers" are playing games with Syria. You openly support Russia and China's position. Therefore, there's only the US left. Essentially therefore you're blaming the US because Assad is not abiding by the peace plan and committing atrocities. This doesn't make sense and is a base level of thinking. I don't have much else to engage Ruth you about and at that level. It's just your belief, and it defies logic and reason. No offense to you. I wish you all the best.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-05 02:15

      I disagreed but followed you through the Annan mission. You said you trusted his judgement and supported his mission. Annan then openly states that Assad has not complied with the peace plan and is committing atrocities on the Syrian people. Instead of accepting what he discovered, you literally said nothing, changed focus, absolved Assad of responsibility and stated that "the Super Powers" were playing games with Syria. You openly support Russia and China's position. Therefore, there's only the US left. Essentially therefore you're blaming the US because Assad is not abiding by the peace plan and committing atrocities. This doesn't make sense and is base level of thinking. I don't have much else to engage with you about and at that level. It's just your belief, and it defies logic and reason. No offense to you. I wish you all the best.

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