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Syria: Jordan king warns of spillover

2012-09-12 14:00

Amman - Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday warned of a spillover of the Syrian turmoil into the countries it neighbours, saying the risk is "looming closer", in an exclusive interview with AFP.

"I am extremely worried about the risk of a fragmentation of Syria. Over the past few months we have witnessed an increase in sectarian violence," the king said.

"This not only endangers the unity of Syria, but it could also be a prelude to a spillover of the conflict, into neighbouring countries with similar sectarian composition. We have already seen signals that this risk is looming closer.

UN investigators have said that growing numbers of victims of the conflict in Syria are being targeted on account of their religion while gross violations of human rights are occurring on a regular basis.

More than 27 000 people have been killed since the revolt against President Bashar Assad broke out in March 2011, according to human rights monitors.

During the interview at his palace, the king called for "a formula for a political transition where all components of Syrian society, including the Alawites, feel that they have a stake in the country's future".

"An inclusive transition process is the only way to stop the escalation in sectarian violence," he said.

"It is in the best interest of the Syrian people, as it would preserve the territorial integrity and unity of Syria, and it is in the best interest of regional stability and the international community."

Jordan is hosting more than 200 000 Syrians who have fled the bloodletting.

"I have been saying all along that the issue is not the individual, but the system. If President Bashar were to leave tomorrow, but the system stayed, then what would the Syrian people have achieved?" the king said.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-12 14:17

    You should have thought about that before being a conduit to destabilisation in Syria. I hope that the Salafists spread this terror into your country as well, including Turkey and the Gulf monarchies. Did they promise you that this will all be over by Christmas last year.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-12 14:27

      . Shame, it must be horrible to be PROVEN wrong continuously. Go and read your hundreds of comments re Libya and Egypt It might even for you be difficult to accept, that you can possibly write such UTTER BS and CRAP !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-12 14:35

      I supported the revolutions in Tunesia and Egypt as they were genuine and got rid of western puppets. I wasn't wrong about Libya, I maintained and still do that the coup was a foreign plot, carried out by foreign agents in the pay of both Saudi Arabia and Qatar who are US sapstrapies!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-12 20:08

      NO, WRONG AGAIN !! You did not support the Tunesian and Egyptian revolutions, because they were 'genuine' YOU ARE A LIAR !! You supported them because you thought they would turn against the USA. You want me to paste down your comments re Egypt, as soon as you discovered that AGAIN, YOU WERE WRONG. You are a bullsh.tter !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-12 20:24

      Go ahead, recall those posts and prove to everyone that I'm what you're saying I am. You are just using whatever enters the constraints of your mind to formulate an already prejudiced opinion. We are on a discussion thread so I'm pretty sure there is nothing I could say which would convince a retard like you about anything.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-13 01:00

      ""We are on a discussion thread so I'm..."" Don't BS yourself, radicals DON'T discuss, they ONLY spew HATRED !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-13 17:54

      Fidel protecting the brutal, unelected dictator of Syria again. But then he believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West. With this belief, anything is possible.

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