29-05-13

European Union's political solution for Syria

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1) BRUSSELS, May 23, 2013 (UPI) — ‘European lawmakers said Thursday a political solution to the conflict was the preferred way to end the civil war in Syria’:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2013/05/23/EU-favors-political-solution-to-Syria/UPI-35661369322894/

2) May 27, 2013 – ‘British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the European Union has agreed to lift its arms embargo on the Syrian opposition’: 

http://rt.com/news/eu-syria-arms-embargo-864/

28-05-13

Latest News Syria: European Union

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The European Union decided to expand the economic siege against the Syrian people for an extra 12-month and to lift the siege on exporting weapons to the Syrian insurgents...

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European Council on Foreign Affairs

'Syria: towards a political solution'...

... 'The prospect of arming the opposition raises concerns inside and outside the country. Channelling weapons into the country would likely set the scene for an even deeper and long-lasting civil conflict with very uncertain regional consequences (particularly given the indeterminate nature of many of the country’s armed groups). Though unarmed civilians continue to bear the devastating brunt of the crackdown, expanding and supporting armed resistance would invite even wider violence. Moreover, unless foreign backers were prepared to provide artillery and air capabilities, arming the opposition is unlikely to change the balance of power. It is more likely that arming the opposition may further empower the regime by discrediting the opposition among Syrians still on the fence, while also providing justification to the regime (and its international backers) to continue using violence. Finally, air strikes remain deeply problematic because of both Syria’s strong Russian-supplied air defence systems and the complexity of a battle that is largely unfolding in urban environments.
All of these options, though opening the possibility of an eventual rebel victory, do so by enabling a wider militarisation of the conflict that is likely to be long and painful for much of the country’s population...'


http://ecfr.eu/page/-/ECFR_Syria_political_solution.pdf

European Union doesn't want a political solution for Syria

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Moscow Strongly Criticizes EU Decision to Lift Embargo on Weapon Export to Gunmen

May 28, 2013

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the EU decision to extend sanctions on Syria and lift the embargo on the weapons sent to the Syrian opposition could push the conflict in Syria to more of armed confrontations.

"At this complicated and important stage related to the implementation of the Russian-US initiative, it is very important to abstain from any measures or statements which would be misunderstood by the Syrian sides," Alexander Lukashevich, Spokesman of the Russian foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

He added "we can't understand the logic of the EU decision to expand the economic siege against the Syrian people for an extra 12-month, while excluding the weapons sent to the Syrian opposition."

Gatilov: EU Decision Won't Find Positive Basis for Conference

In a relevant context, The Ministry called on all foreign active sides, including the EU to enjoy the spirit of responsibility and prevent from taking steps that might complicate launching dialogue between the government and opposition in Syria.

"The EU decision to lift the siege on exporting weapons to the Syrian insurgents won't really create a positive basis for the efforts exerted to organize an international conference on Syria," Gennady Gatilov, Deputy Foreign Minister said in a press statement.

Russian President Advisor: the Decision Wouldn't Contribute to Preparing for the Conference

Meanwhile, Media Advisor to the Russian President Dmitry Peskov affirmed that the EU decision won't contribute to preparing for the international conference on Syria due to be held in Geneva next month.

"Such steps and other similar ones like the latest visit of the US Senator John McCain the border regions wouldn't contribute in any case to preparing for the international conference for which a lot of sides seek to fulfill," Peskov said in a statement from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.

He added that such behavior couldn't be understood. 

Ryabkov: Main Obstacles Facing Int'l  Conference is the Syrian Opposition's Disunity

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov expressed his country's disappointment over the decision of the European Union to lift the embargo imposed on sending weapons to Syria, stressing that this decision will negatively affect the international conference on Syria.

At a press conference today, Ryabkov added that this decision opposes the policies of the EU itself and does not help in reaching a political settlement, highlighting that this decision violates the international arms trade treaty.

He said that no one can blame Russia for sending weapons to Syria, adding that these weapons are bound to the legal authorities in the country.

"Russia considers the EU decision to lift the embargo on sending weapons to the armed opposition as wrong," said Ryabkov, stressing that it is not acceptable to seek an end of violence in Syria on the one hand and follow the path of escalating the issue of weapons flow to the country on the other hand.

The Russian official pointed out that the basic issue that hinders the international conference on Syria is the disunity of the "Syrian opposition" and its inability to dispatch high-level representatives to the conference.

He added that "The Syrian government is resolved to send a delegation with full powers to hold negotiations at this potential conference…The Opposition should also name its representatives that are entitled to participate."

He considered that Russia and the US have not yet been able to bring close their positions on holding "Geneva 2" conference, saying that "Moscow does not accept holding this conference at the time when some potential participants are trying to impose external solutions on the Syrian people."

"We can't say that a thorough understanding has been formed on the part of the Americans on the fact that there is no alternative to working with the opposition forces in Syria to have the Syrian opposition groups send a high-level delegation that can make decisions at this conference," said Ryabkov, stressing the importance of inviting Iran to the conference.

Ryabkov said that sending Russian S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Syria constitutes "a stability factor" that prevents having foreign forces interfering in the "conflict".

Such steps, Ryabkov added, contributes to "deterring some "hotheads" in studying the scenario of internationalizing the conflict with the participation of the foreign powers which don't oppose this idea," stressing that Russia does not intend to reconsider its position in this regard.

He reminded that the sending S-300 anti-aircraft systems is being carried out according to a contract that was signed between Syria and Russia five years ago.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/28/484528.htm

12-04-13

Guy Verhofstadt: ‘The weak position of the EU makes me sick’

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Guy Verhofstadt, board member of the Belgian holding Sofina who aspires to the presidency of the european union: ‘We have all been watching the most horrendous pictures of dozens of children who have been brutally murdered. This is once more an intolerable crime against humanity. How many more must we witness before we acknowledge that the Annan peace plan has not worked? The time for peace talks is over, we need action now. While the UN Security Council is meeting, the same massacre is happening in Hama. After Homs and Houla, this will be the third Syrian Srebrenica. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should.’

20:15 Gepost door Jan Boeykens in EU, European Union, Guy Verhofstadt, Latest News | Permalink | Commentaren (0) |  Facebook |

08-04-13

Baby Thatcher Verhofstadt: “The weak position of the EU makes me sick”

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Verhofstadt on Libya: “The weak position of the EU makes me sick”

16.3.2011

Today at a meeting in Parliament to assess the results of last week's European Council, Guy Verhofstadt denounced the inability of the EU to take decisive action on the Libyan crisis. "This makes me sick," he declared.

"I want to use this opportunity to salute the fifty heroes, the fifty heroes in the power plant of Fukushima, the fifty heroes who at this very moment risk their life in order to save the people of Japan from a nuclear catastrophe. But Japan, for all its tragedy, is an event we cannot change. We can help. We must help. But unfortunately we cannot change.

"In Libya on the contrary we can change the course of events.  In Libya there are heroes as well. Thousands of them. Sacrificing their life for nothing else then freedom and democracy.  And what are we doing in order to prevent this? What are we doing to prevent what is in fact a new Srebrenica, a new Rwanda, a new Darfur?  Are we helping them? Defending them? Supporting them with arms or a no fly zone? Are we recognizing the opposition government? Are we trying to keep the democratic revolution alive?  No, we are sending fact finding missions".

"Have we learnt nothing from the past? It is now or never".

http://www.alde.eu/press/press-and-release-news/press-release/article/verhofstadt-on-libya-the-weak-position-of-the-eu-makes-me-sick-37283/

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Verhofstadt and the 'federal European superstate':

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100198827/guy-verhofstadt-calls-david-cameron-a-madman-britain-should-not-have-to-listen-to-sneering-eurofederalists/

Belgium’s ‘Baby Thatcher’ caught in tussle over top EU job:

http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/commission/aggregator/040617135710.rvkhjj54

‘Baby Thatcher’ returns as Belgian PM:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2003-07-13/baby-thatcher-returns-as-belgian-pm/1447358

Blair backs ‘Baby Thatcher’ for Commission:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/blair-backs-baby-thatcher-for-commission-6169119.html

17-12-12

War on Syria: European Union and Israel

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“Herons” repainted in the colors of Germany

The drones (unmanned aircraft) used by NATO to bomb Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya are designed by Israel. The Israelis are denied entry into Afghanistan, but nevertheless, the Israeli drones provide ‘security’ for the coalition in Afghanistan. Israeli drones are used by Canada, France, Australia and Germany in Afghanistan. Today, Israeli specialists are on the air base at Ein Shemer for training the flight of “Herons” repainted in the colors of Germany. Many of Israeli military products are standard NATO-compatible.

German MPs of the lower house of parliament voted 461-86 on Friday, December 14, 2012, to approve the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 troops in Turkey along the Syrian border, Reuters reported.

Picture: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu