Syria: UK backs Arab call for peace force

2012-02-13 13:03

London - Britain Monday backed urgent discussion of a call by Arab League foreign ministers on the United Nations Security Council to form a joint Arab-UN peacekeeping force to observe a ceasefire in Syria.

"The Arab League could not have sent a clearer message to Syria than the one it sent yesterday and we look forward to working closely with them in the coming days and weeks," Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement.

He said Britain would take a "very active part" in the new so-called Group of Friends of Syria which has been established to increase political and financial support to opposition leaders.

President Bashar Assad should be in "no doubt" of the determination of Syria's neighbours and the international community to bring an end to the violence, said Hague.

He said "significant steps" had been taken at Sunday's Arab League meeting to increase the "diplomatic and economic isolation" on Syria.

"We will discuss urgently with the Arab League and our international partners the proposals for a joint AL/UN peacekeeping force," said Hague.

  • Fidel - 2012-02-13 16:42

    Will they ever learn the lessons of history? British policy in the Middle East has been a catalogue of disaster for over 70 years. Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Egypt (Suez) and more recently Iraq, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen. A success rate of zero.

      Fidel - 2012-02-13 18:11

      "The Arab League called on Sunday for the UN Security Council to send a joint UN-Arab peacekeeping mission to Syria". "The resolution called for "opening communication channels with the Syrian opposition and providing all forms of political and material support to it". "All forms of political and material support". Resolution 1973 had "All means necessary" wedged into it, and we know what that turned out to be. I wouldn't put anything past the NATO hawks and their stooges. It is either they come up with a Peace Force or they arm and support the insurgants. They can't possibly do both. So the question is what has the Arab League resolved to do?

      Fidel - 2012-02-13 19:26

      What I would ideally like to see is for Syrians on both sides to sit down and map a way forward that has Syrian interests at heart and not Nato's or Russia's interests. Screaming regime change is not going to encourage the Syrian government into dialogue or a down grade of its military posture.

      Anthony - 2012-02-13 21:37

      Fidel, What you just don't seem to understand: one can not sit down with a dictator. They have never had to listen to anyone, so why would they now?????

      Fred - 2012-02-15 03:09

      There's a lot these two don't understand. They're totally wrong on virtually all accounts, except for their desire for a peaceful outcome, which unfortunately is too late.

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