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Syria needs transitional government fast: France

2012-07-21 19:12

Paris - Syria needs a transitional government soon which would represent the diversity of its society, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement issued Saturday.

"Time has come for the opposition to get going and take over the reins of the country," said Fabius.

He said he could organise a meeting of ministers in Paris "to consolidate efforts by Arab countries to build tomorrow's Syria".

"Whatever its manoeuvres the regime of Bashar al-Assad is being condemned by its own courageous people. Time has come to prepare the transition and the day after," he said.

Fabius said he was in contact with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani and others to find a solution to the 16-month crisis in Syria.

"Along with the European Union we are also trying to provide help and necessary support to the increasing number of refugees, in cooperation with neighbouring countries," he added.

Fabius is to discuss the crisis with his EU colleagues in Brussels on Monday.

Speaking in Madrid Friday, Fabius confirmed that the European Union would slap new sanctions against Syria next week, including a tighter arms embargo.

Diplomats said Thursday that the European Union was planning to freeze the assets of 26 Syrians close to Assad while readying plans to board vessels and planes suspected of transporting arms for his regime.

The diplomats told AFP that foreign ministers from the 27-nation bloc were also likely to agree at the Monday talks to add at least 26 individuals and two or three firms to an existing EU blacklist of 129 people and 49 entities.

The sanctions would be the European Union's 17th round of targeted measures against the Assad regime since protests erupted in March 2011.

An export ban was imposed in May last year on arms and material which might be used for internal repression. But there is growing concern to ensure that no weapons or goods get through.

As fighting intensifies in Syria, also high on the agenda of the foreign ministers talks will be how to prepare for a potential humanitarian crisis on Europe's doorstep.

More than 100 000 Syrians displaced by the conflict have been registered so far in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, triple the number since April.

More than 17 000 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad began 16 months ago, activists say.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-21 20:20

    ""Time has come for the opposition to get going and take over the reins of the country"" ""Whatever its manoeuvres the regime of Bashar al-Assad is being condemned by its own courageous people"" These are clear words from the Socialist Government of France! Anyone who is delaying the departure of this assad, for their own selfish reasons, is prolonging the suffering of the Syrian people !! There does not have to be any military intervention, nor any further supply of arms to whomever, it only needs the world community, including Russia and China to say to these assads; The party is over !! Only than, will ALL Syrians, sit down ,to discuss the future of their country !!!

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-21 20:24

    France can go fly a kite does they think syria is lybia the mass murders who killed so many innocent people in lybia together with nato and the ntc criminals?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-21 20:41

      The madman Gaddafi ranting from his broken balcony that he'd kill everyone had nothing to do with the mass-murder of thousands of Libyans who WANTED TO VOTE.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-21 20:55

      Don't take any notice of this Keith freak! He is mentally disturbed, just read a comment he posted yesterday evening, in the Africa section; """Morsi with the shortest vorsi hahahah I think anthonyfrom africa likes morsis vorsi""" Shame, how sad !!!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-22 14:24

      keith ~ Sounds like you really missed out on an education. anthony ~ He also has an obsession with 'poepsacks'. Simple little man.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-21 20:27

    "while readying plans to board vessels and planes suspected of transporting arms for his regime." I'd like to see you boarding a Russian ship or Plane in intl waters and air space, good luck, you'll definitely need it.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-22 13:15

      We, the West will get them where we find them.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-22 13:37

      Try coherence!

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-22 03:27

    Transitional government won't work. They need to take the sitting government to The Hague and plan for free elections. New start. New future.

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-22 10:08

      tommo, my opinion from the word go! We have distorted info, twisted stories and footage from other countries past unrest being shown on international tv/media as ''proof of a syrian uprising'' etc... The reason why Nato allies and UN member countries dont agree with a ''US military intervention'' is that there isnt conclusive PROOF to justify it. The fact is that state sponsored black ops and false flag ops are highly active in these cases causing havoc and desperately trying to demonise leaders to make '' military intervention'' seem like the on ly solution. If the will of the syrian people is to be democractically ruled , then so it will be!! This will take place by their own pace and when they are ready for it! Just like South Africa where no ruler and their family had to be killed to achieve freedom!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-22 10:24

      At 20 million, if even half of Syria's population rose up against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, armed with pointed sticks, the revolution would be over in an afternoon. Instead, it has dragged on for nearly a year and a half, consisting of hit-and-run battles, terrorist bombings, and cross-border infiltration - indicating that but a slim minority has "risen up" and of that minority, the vast majority of them are sectarian extremists - admittedly many are not even Syrian.

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-22 10:32

      Fidel, i couldnt have said it better! As usual Salute!!!!

      Larry - 2012-07-22 12:20

      Fidel, you know very well that women and children make up an average of 65% or more of a country's population, so expecting them to rise up with pointed sticks is a silly assertion. The rebellion may not include women and children amongst its fighters but the women and children of these fighters are well represented. The rebellion is constantly increasing in numbers of people wanting freedom from Assad's regime, and from his military onslaught. Therefore, how do you explain the increasing number of mass defections from Assad's leaders ans military, and where do you thing they are defecting to?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-22 12:43

      Where is this mass defection? It's just disinformation to give the appearance of a waning support for the Syrian regime. There is disinformation from both sides. I'd thought that hyperbole transmits over cyberspace.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-22 16:34

      Fidel's delusional and immature core anti-West belief leads him to look for any angle to justify the wholesale slaughter of Muslims, wanting the right to vote for their leaders, by an unelected dictator in control of the Syrian state and its military.

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-22 16:58

      fred....... The broken record!! Or did you just forget that you said that over and over again!! Talk about being dillusional!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 17:20

      Talking about NOT getting a point !!!

  • rude.awakning - 2012-07-22 06:09

    ha ha ha! (rolling on the floor laughing) It would appear that the courages syrian people are waiting for an invitation from France, Russia and China before ''standing up and taking control r(coup) of syria'' without 'further weapons supplied or Nato military intervention'' whilst the reported loss of life is not a laughing matter the aforementioned , well thats a ripper!!!! These super powers are powerless to sort out their own domestic problems.... nato is needed here in america to stop the mass killing of civilians by armed disgruntled opposition groups reported to be '' disturbed sick individuals''! Stuff that!!!! These attacks are by armed militia in what can be described as an american/western spring! And possibly only the beginning of it!!!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 09:46

      You still abusing your American hospitality ? Maybe you should team up with "thatdisturbedandhatefullbrotherfromnewyork" Fortunatelly you did not go to Russia or China to do your 'project' There they would have send you to a labour camp for treason !!! But, I can understand the total frustration of lovers of DICTATORS / TYRANTS / MASS MURDERERS that their psychopathic hero AL-acid, is 'enjoying' his last days terrorizing 'his' population !!!

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-22 10:19

      anthonyfromafrica! Do you even know what and where is the highest peak in africa?

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-22 10:35

      antfrom africa, i see you are still looking for it on google!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 11:00

      Rude, Well, it is not if I am waiting in desparation for some more of your crap !! But, anyhow, Yes I do know the highest peak in Africa.... It is Uhuru, the highest peak of Kilimanjaro, some 19.300 ft ( +/- 5900 m ) How do I know ? ,Cause I have been up there, all 19 324ft !! ( you want proof ?, during the week I will load a photo onto this fb ) But, I am sure, you would never make it, One has to be very focussed, and if one has a 'wonderring' mind like yours, NO WAYS !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 15:21

      Rude, It is doubtful, you share these comments with your American 'friends' LOUSY COWARD !!!

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-22 15:51

      anthony! Wow i am impressed that you know a high peak in africa, and that you claim to have been there ... All the way to the top! Well seeing that you know where to go, I was going to tell you to go jump from it! Without a parachute! jou bliksem! Your comments to the topic is not relevant and as always you attack the person and not the issue! ''What were you thinking man'.' Oh and while you were climbing it, i was flying over it on my way to go study in another country, only to return and help in our newfound democracy!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 16:11

      Rude..............! ""you attack the person and not the issue"" Well, reading your comment, it seems to be you, who is confused !!! ""only to return and help in our newfound democracy"" Well, that is so kul of you to do so, but ohh soo lousy of you, to deny others the same!! And, by the way, one can't 'jump' from Uhuru , Will the Carlton Centre do ???

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-22 16:30

      Truly delusional. But hey, have fun out there on the perimeter, falling off the edge.

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-22 16:47

      i see you have company to hold your hand jumping. Hell anywhere you wanna jump from, is good. As long as you arrange to clean the splatter off the pavement! And in case you havnt noticed, you and fred did not repsond to my opening comment!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 17:36

      Rude, ""These attacks are by armed militia in what can be described as an american/western spring! And possibly only the beginning of it!!!!!! "" Sorry, I don't respond to silly stuff, but I am sure your site hero, Fidel, would 'love' to debate this with you.... As you know, ANYTHING anti American get her 'exited'

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-22 20:21

      yeah anthony! And Exactly the opposite gets you going! It would appear that you drift all over the place when you cant focus on the topic at hand! And its quite monotonoUS and dull! Fidel makes a far more worthy case than you ever will and can. And the envy in this regard is felt from texas to timbaktu! Hamba Gahle!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-22 21:14

      Fidel has one focus: his anti-West binary world view. As do you. It blinds you to truer reality. That's why you both support the butchering of Muslims by unelected dictators, and don't know you're doing this. You've effectively blinded yourselves.

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-23 06:31

      fred , i have repeatedly said that you pretend to care for muslims, whether they cant vote or getting ''butchered'' but in reality you are amongst those who covertly plan the mayhem that's causing their plight because of your hatred for them!

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 11:06

    I see the "News24.com radical club" is having fun today, it is like some "happy clappy" gathering !! To help you celebrate; The number '8' thumbs down, I put there for you. Have fun !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-22 11:32

      Voi tog! Still being haunted by down votes. Remember it's not the number of votes but the ideas that matter. Do you want a cuddle?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 12:06

      Fidel, No,you need a brain transplant ?? Clearly one can see when you copy from your many history books and paste down these endless "important' quotes, you bore many with, AND when you yourself "think!!!" , cause than you come over as the least educated and dumber than than dumb one on these comment sites!!!!!! """At 20 million, if even half of Syria's population rose up against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, armed with pointed sticks, the revolution would be over in an afternoon. Instead, it has dragged on for nearly a year and a half, consisting of hit-and-run battles, terrorist bombings, and cross-border infiltration - indicating that but a slim minority has "risen up" and of that minority, the vast majority of them are sectarian extremists - admittedly many are not even Syrian""" Silly little girl, are you now suggesting; That because 35 million Black South Africans , did not go onto the streets and burnt the place down, that Black South Africans were happy with the Nats and their apartheid, and did NOT support the brave ones who stood up, and went to fight on their behalf ???????????????????????????? How simple, stupid and ignorant can one get !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-22 12:31

      You seem to have missed hyperbole and cant and gone straight for reason. Odd behavior, but there you are!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-22 12:47

      Come to think of it, nothing is odd about your behavior. It is standard reaction of a simple mind.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 13:15

      Come to think of it, nothing is odd about your behavior. It is standard reaction of a simple mind.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-22 13:19

      Fidel are you soliciting again?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-22 13:24

      Ah, the old Gerhard is back with his one-liners. Stupid questions have no answers.

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