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France: Talks to Bring Practical Support to Syrian People

French FM Laurent Fabius (June 2012 photo)French FM Laurent Fabius (June 2012 photo)
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French FM Laurent Fabius (June 2012 photo)
French FM Laurent Fabius (June 2012 photo)
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the Friends of Syria meeting in Paris will not be just abstract talks but are aimed at bringing practical support to the Syrian people.

Delegates from about 100 countries and 100 members of the opposition will be in the French capital on Friday.

Fabius tells Le Parisien newspaper that there is a clear need to move forward in Syria. He says the barbarism of President Bashar al-Assad risks civil war and spreading sectarian violence to neighboring countries.

Fabius says he is looking for delegates at the talks to expand sanctions against Syria, provide communications support to the opposition, and help with humanitarian efforts.

Russia and China, two of Syria's most powerful allies, are not participating in the Paris talks. Fabius says that as permanent U.N. Security Council members, they must worry about threats to peace. He said supporting President Assad leads only to a bloody mess.

The head of the United Nations monitoring mission in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, says violence there has reached "unprecedented" levels. He said there must a cease-fire before unarmed observer teams can resume their suspended mission.

Also Thursday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Baghdad has solid intelligence that al-Qaida militants are infiltrating Syria to carry out terrorist attacks.

President Assad contends that outside terrorists are responsible for much of Syria's violence. U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay has asked Syria to allow her teams to come into the country to independently investigate Mr. Assad's claims.

Several Western nations say an agreement reached last Saturday in Geneva calling for a transitional government in Syria excludes Mr. Assad. Russia and China say there is no such stipulation. They have used their veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block several rounds of proposed sanctions against Damascus.

Also Thursday, the WikiLeaks website said it has begun publishing material from 2.4 million emails stemming from Syrian government accounts, calling the documents "embarrassing to Syria, but also embarrassing to Syria's opponents." WikiLeaks spokeswoman Sarah Harrison said the emails were from Syrian political figures, government ministries and companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012.

WikiLeaks said the emails, which it has called "The Syria Files," will shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, and "also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another."

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by: Anonymous
July 06, 2012 1:08 AM
This whole Syrian situation with Assad reminds me of the children in a sandbox. You've got Assad in one corner and 3 other children in the other corners. All want to play together and have fun peacefully. But Assad wants everyone to play his way, but the other 3 don't want to play Assad's way. So Assad breaks all their toys and pulls their hair.

Assad was never taught by his father that if he is mean to the other kids, or breaks their toys, he will not have anyone to play with, because his father was the same way and didn't know any better. So now what must happen is Assad needs to be punished, his hand smacked, and he must be removed from the sandbox permanently so the other kids can play in the sandbox forever peacefully and live happily ever after.

Unfortunately in this case, the "Toys" are actually peoples "Lives".

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by: Anon from: US
July 06, 2012 10:58 PM
Makes me think of when the cat found the sand box. He thought it was just another place to take a dump. In the same fashion, outsiders want to ruin Syria for the people living there. Syria already had free elections, as part of Kofi Annan's plan. Assad was elected, and the 'friends of Syria' didn't even have a candidate. That's because they aren't interested in any kind of civil solution. They want war, which is what their puppet masters (France, UK, US, Israel) want.

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by: Anonymous
July 06, 2012 6:24 PM
Sadly it is going to take someone to literally grab his arm and yank him from the sandbox whether he likes it or not, regardless of his tantrum.

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