Syria rejects calls for Arab troops

2012-01-17 20:13

Beirut - Syria "absolutely rejects" any plans to send Arab troops into the country, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, even as the death toll mounts from 10 months of violent conflict.

Thousands of people have been killed in the regime's crackdown on the anti-Assad revolt, which has turned increasingly militarised in recent months with a growing risk of civil war.

The UN says about 400 people have been killed in the last three weeks, on top of an earlier estimate of more than 5 000 killed since March.

The leader of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, was quoted on Sunday as saying Arab troops should be sent to Syria to stop the deadly violence - the first statements by an Arab leader calling for the deployment of troops inside Syria.

Qatar, which once had close relations with Damascus, has been a harsh critic of President Bashar Assad's crackdown. The wealthy Gulf state withdrew its ambassador to Syria in the summer to protest the killings.

Since the Arab Spring began more than a year ago, Qatar has taken an aggressive role, raising its influence in the region.

"The Syrian people reject any foreign intervention in its affairs, under any title, and would confront any attempt to infringe upon Syria's sovereignty and the integrity of its territories," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The government says terrorists are behind the uprising - not reform-seekers - and that armed gangs are acting out a foreign conspiracy to destabilise the country.

Syria's state media, Sana, said on Tuesday that an "armed terrorist group" launched rocket-propelled grenades at an army checkpoint late on Monday, killing an officer and five army personnel about 9 kilometres southwest of Damascus.

  • Graziella - 2012-01-17 21:49

    The fools calling for military intervention in syria, which may draw in neighbours should make sure first that Iraq and Libya is fixed, more have died in those countries in the last three years than in Syria, so why aren't people calling for a reinvasion of Iraq, my guess, because chances are they are intelligent enough to know how stupid that would be given what we know has already happened, but for some reason can't apply failures of Iraq, afghanistan, Kosovo, and increasingly Libya, to what will happen if there's a military intervention in either Syria. There is an often-quoted axiom that affixes a certain label to those who continue taking the same action while hoping for a different outcome. It seems very applicable here.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-17 22:11

      Kosovo and Afghanistan are powder kegs waiting to explode the moment NATO forces pull out. The southern side of Mitrovica across the bridge is home to the minority Serb enclave...the moment the last French soldier departs Mitro the Albanians and Serbs will clash. There is no way in a thousand years these two ethnic groups will ever live side by side. Afghanistan will fall apart and become a land of displaced persons the moment the Coalition Forces pull out. Many people are afraid of the Taliban and there will be mass killings by the Taliban if they do return (and they will).

      Graziella - 2012-01-17 22:17

      You are agreeing with me then that foreign military interventions do not work,yes.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-17 22:22

      I see that common sense eludes you madam. It's perhaps cool to be a crusader for the other side but you need to also employ reason and logic to your quest. Looking out of one eye only denies you the freedom to see the whole picture and not just the part that you have decided to see. Expand your mind and be liberated of your shackles.

      Graziella - 2012-01-18 10:17

      You original post neither supports your point nor detracts from mine.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-18 13:20

      @Graziella - i think the world wars are perfect examples of foreign military interventions working , however its not the go to action and only after exhausting diplomatic efforts . Syria is slowly running out of diplmatic hurdles even from the Arab league which in my view should be acting far quicker , reality is that the govt is brutally killing its citizens at an increasing and very alarming rate , eventually a line needs to be drawn in the sand, most likely so late you will be condemned for not acting sooner ergo the damned if you do , damned if you don't situation the likes of the UN and Arab league face.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-18 13:34

      You obviously condone Gadhafi's massacre of 1200 Abu Salim prison, the Lockerbie bombing, the bombing of a Berlin disco, the blowing up of several airliners hijacked by palestinians, in the libyan desert, the extradition of one of his political opponents from Morocco for a $200 million fee and having subsequently slaughtered like a got with a knife in a stadium. Need I say more?

      Graziella - 2012-01-18 14:18

      @Ninja Why is the opposition not willing to sit down with the Assad regime and work out a solution, because Assad does enjoy support amongst many Syrians. The reason is because there are regional and foreign powers who have no interest on the well being of ordinary Syrians. Russia said at the security council meeting last year: We want the following put within the resolution that: 1] No opposition should be armed 2] There should be no military intervention of any kind by any external force This was rejected by: US, UK & France So in actual fact they want the opposition to be armed and they want internal bloodshed in Syria as in Iraq, Libya and so on, so that they can have regime change either as in Libya or by hegemony and thereby negating all resistance to the supremacey and land grabbing of Israel in the ME. What is happening in Syria is similar to the CIA desabilization in Latin America during the cold war----hiring death squads to foment rebelion and regime change: Oh Gerard, give up on the Lockerbie bombing BS!

      Gerhard - 2012-01-18 15:15

      Graziella everybody is trying to talk to that madman whilst he is killing more people by the day. Has he heard of truncheons, teargas, water cannon? I cannot understand how you can defend this man using tanks, artillery and snipers against civilians. But then we had all that in Libya. Remember?

      Graziella - 2012-01-18 16:33

      Assad's regime has killed over 3,000 Syrians during the past 7 months. He should be sharply condemned for that. In contrast, NATO killed +-30,000 Libyans in the same time frame. The US and her allies can't get enough of wars and bloodshed. They have invaded, occupied and ruined many countries just in last 10 years. None of these countries have become a democracy or a prosperous place. The puppet governments which have been installed by the West are corrupt, repressive and indifferent to the welfare of their people. These countries are bombed to stone age, and in the process thousands of civilians have been killed, millions have lost their homes and jobs and if that was not enough, sectarian wars which started after the outside interventions are killing people and God knows when that will end. These are the blessings which the West's military interventions offer to people in the Middle East.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-18 17:04

      @Graziella - this is what has been done but Assad has rejected it, like most tyrants he cannot fathum reliquishing power or engaging the people for reforms. Libya had UN authorisation for Nato action as well as opposition calls for support ,you cannot incude in the costs of war all deaths to Nato actions. Afganistan has been at war for many decades ,the Taliban destroyed all its Buddist culture and artifacts and was a breeding ground militants so perhaps it actually has a better chance now than in any other time . Iraq under Hussein was also involved in the longest standing war in modern times with Iran before it decided to invade Quwait , commit genocide and use chemical weapons on its civilians. It also has the best oppertunity its country has going forward in many masny years , bombing each other because of religous affiliation is another story. Democracy , prosperity doesn't happen over night . Any action will always draw critisism but sometimes unpopular , difficult decisions that people don't like have to be made.

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