Arab League welcomes new Syria coalition

2012-11-13 07:52

Cairo - The Arab League welcomed on Monday the formation of a new Syrian opposition group, but stopped short of giving it full recognition as the representative of the Syrian people.

With some Arab states still reluctant to completely abandon Syrian President Bashar Assad, Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo were unable to state clearly that the new Syrian National Coalition was the sole legitimate Syrian voice.

Leaders of Syria's exiled opposition, beset by bickering and questions about how much influence they have on the ground, formed the new coalition on Sunday that is now seeking international recognition as a government-in-waiting.

"The Arab League ministerial council welcomes the agreement that the Syrian opposition parties reached ... and calls on the other opposition parties to join this coalition," said Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim, reading the meeting's final resolution late on Monday.

The ministers "urged regional and international organisations to recognise it as a legitimate representative for the aspirations of the Syrian people", and called it "a legitimate representative and a primary negotiator with the Arab League".

No Lebanese participation

That was less clear than a statement by the six Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdoms of the Gulf Co-operation Council - which are also Arab League members - that the coalition was "the legitimate representative of the Syrian people".

"Reservations on the document came from Iraq and Algeria," said one League official, talking on condition of anonymity.

"Iraq's reservation was not clear but Algeria ... asked for more time before the Arab League can start dialogue with the opposition coalition. Algeria also had a reservation on the fact that this coalition did not represent all the opposition factions," said the official.

Lebanon, according to the final statement, refused to participate in the League's decision due to its sensitive position and relationship with Syria

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-13 08:35

    Very good. The end of Assad's tyrannical rule is closer. Who wants to bet that small-man Putin will dump Assad?

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-13 16:56

      . You are right Fred, that's the only part of the puzzle still missing, and Syria will be FREE ! assad lost this war , way back in 2011, when the Syrian people lost their FEAR for this assad monster. THIS time, there is no turning back, and the opposition will stay on the streets until assad is gone; Dead or alive !!!! This Putin clown, is keeping this war criminal in his palace, but for how much longer. Even an idiot as Putin must come to the conclusion, that to keep assad , is a way to high price to pay !!!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-13 09:08

    The Arab league, that bastion of democracy, wants to bring democracy to Syria. What a joke!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-13 09:34

      Egypt, the second largest country in the Middle East, went through the change-over, as did Tunisia and Libya. That's 100 million people no longer under unelected tyrannical rule, becoming more and more democratic. But then to you Fidel, neo-Soviet Russia and neo-Communist China, themselves undemocratic, are bringing democracy to the Middle East. Your exact words. So what are you carping about?

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-13 20:53

      The only freedom the Egyptian people will have won is to live under Sharia law..well so maybe it wasn't democracy they wanted but to live under a Islamic government in a religious state..going to be a rather hard sell to 30 million Coptic Christian Egyptians..but what the hell anything is better than Mubarak!YES??

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-11-14 06:39

    We'll see how much longer the US is going to stick its nose in external matters when it has very serious internal problems right now after the Elections

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-14 07:16

      Bloemfontein Shame, Your wishfull thinking, will remain just that; silly little fantasies !!!

      shane.loxton - 2012-11-14 09:49

      You think Toos, do some research before opening you mouth, once again you prove you talk without facts so let me show u how its done, -- The White House website has been bombarded with petitions that have mushroomed to 34 states moving to secede. The first petition came in from Louisiana the day after Obama's re-election, and since then a chorus of others have issued their grievances. Now, under White House rules stated in its "We the People" program, if 25,000 people sign on by December 7th, a response must be issued. Just a few days after submitting, that number has been reached by the petitions from Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia -- with Texas closing in on 90,000. Here is the current list of state totals: Alaska (5,306) Alabama (24,721) Arizona (16,016) Arkansas (17,667) California (8,772) Colorado (16,879) Delaware (5,896) Florida (21,129) Georgia (25,578) Indiana (15,807) Kansas (5,396) Kentucky (14,596) Louisiana (31.544) Michigan (15,241) Mississippi (14,432) Missouri (15,036) Montana (10,856) Nebraska (4,469) Nevada (7,677) New Jersey (11,299) New York (6,110) North Carolina (23,715) North Dakota (9,626) Ohio (5,187) Oklahoma 6,559) Oregon (11,819) Pennsylvania (5,499) South Carolina (18,416) South Dakota (4,046) Tennessee (24,270) Texas (88,913) Utah (3,844) West Virginia (4,660) Wyoming (6,225)

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-14 09:55

      Why do you bother Shane? Toos has learned the trick honed by infants the world over, he therefore prefers to stick his fingers in his ears. You've made a series of good points to which I do not expect him to offer any meaningful response.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-14 13:33

      Shame... ( on the border of Bloemfontein and Welkom ) You going to show me how what is done ???? How to make a total idiot of oneself ??? Firstly I just hope you did not type all this garbage out , and at least have enough brain cells , to paste !!! I don't know what the heck you are on about........, In the state of Florida....29 129 people signed a petition !!!!!! THERE ARE NINETEEN MILLION PEOPLE IN FLORIDA.........Are you NUTS ??? One will get TEN TIMES as many signatories , if one has a petition, to force dog owners to put night reflectors on their dogs tails!!!!! And Texas======90 000 !!!!! There are TWENTY THREE MILLION people living in Texas 90 000 ======less than HALF OF A PERCENT!!!!! You and your buddies of the violent left, should start a LUNATIC CLUB, and have competitions, who can talk the biggest load of BS !!!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-14 13:37

      Fidel, WOW, one whole comment without , HATRED----RACISM OR FILTH !!!!!! Well done !! Keep it up !!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-14 13:42

      Bloemfontein Shame, Your wishfull thinking, will remain just that; silly little fantasies !!!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-15 03:18

      Dear Shame, It is called; CHECKMATE !!! AS usual, after licking your wounds, you will probably pop up again, after three weeks !! I realize, once one is trapped in fantasyland, it is very difficult to escape !! Don't eat too many of these mushrooms, they are not good for you !!! Wishing you no harm, so take care !! Kindest regards Anthony Ps, I will tell those murderous soldiers of that assad terrorist, that you have not forgotten them, and are still on their side !!!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-17 07:28

      Shame, You doughnat, do some research before opening you mouth, once again you prove you talk with silly facts, ""so let me show u how its done"", -- The Tuynhuis website has been ""bombarded"" with petitions that have ""mushroomed"" to all 9 provinces, moving to secede. No, not only from SA, but from the whole of Africa. The first petition came in from Mpumalanga hours after Zuma, claimed he paid for his own house !! Since then a ""chorus"" of others have issued their grievances. Now, under Tuynhuis rules, stated in its "Fu.k the People" program, if 3 000 000 people sign on by December 7th, a response must be issued. Although not there yet, that number has been almost been reached by the petitions from Limpopo, Free State and Easter Cape -- with Limpopo closing in on 17. Here is the current list of state totals: Limpopo==============17 Eatern Cape==========15 Free State===========12 Gauteng==============3 Kwa Zulu Natal=======0 Mpumalanga===========11 North West===========11 Northern Cape========5 Western Cape=========1

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