Annan: Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey supplied Syrian opposition with money and arms

Vienna, (SANA) Former UN Secretary General and former international envoy to Syria Kofi Annan said Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have supplied the “Syrian opposition” with money and arms.

In an interview with the Austrian Die Presse newspaper, Annan noted that some regional and Western countries rejected the six-point plan which he presented for solving the crisis in Syria because they had differences with the Syrian leadership or with Iran, Russia and China, adding that those countries then formed the so-called “Friends of Syria” group.

He reiterated the need to solve the crisis in Syria by peaceful and political means, expressing his opposition to any form of military intervention.

Annan, who was appointed as UN Special Envoy to Syria in February 2012, highlighted that the Syrian government showed positive reaction to his efforts early in his mission with regard to declaring a limited ceasefire while the other parties rejected that step.

The former international envoy stressed that Iran must be part of the solution in Syria given its great capabilities that allow it to exert an influence in the region and play an objective role to end the crisis, pointing out that Saudi Arabia opposed any Iranian role as it views Tehran as a rival in the regional and international arena.

Annan underscored that what made the US President Barack Obama hesitant to launch any military action against Syria despite pressure by the Pentagon and the US’s Western and Gulf allies was because of the fact that the situation in Syria is totally different from Libya or any other country given its sensitive geopolitical position.

He said that belief matched his visions to end the crisis in Syria peacefully when he told everybody that there could not be a military solution to the “conflict” in Syria, adding that no full agreement on his proposals was reached at the UN Security Council, “and that was why I had to quit my mission as an international envoy to Syria”.

Annan quit his position as an envoy and informed the UN of his intention not to renew his mission, which lasted until August 31 of 2012.

Annan expressed regret that Austria withdrew its forces from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the occupied Syrian Golan, considering that the withdrawal of some Western states’ forces from Golan reflects these countries’ lack of desire and indifference to solve the crisis in Syria.

Source: Sana

Syrian lawyers to act legally against Takfiri clerics

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Syria is going to act against Takfiri foreign clerics who ignite the war against Syrian people.

Syrian bar association is going to take legal action against certain foreign clerics who have issued extremists fatwas against Syria and invited terrorists to pour the blood of Syrian people.

President of the National Syrian Bar Association, Nizar al-Skeif, said the association has been cooperating with a group of lawyers to pursue preparing a formal complaint against “Sheikhs of conspiracy” who have been involved in making plots against Syria and invited militants and gathered financial support for killing Syrian people.

He said the Bar Association is determined to gather evidence and file a report against such figures that include heads of some states as well.

Many clerics from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Tunisia and some other countries have been calling on their supporters to leave their life and family and go and fight in Syria as a holy act.

Families in many countries across Europe, Middle East and Africa have been witnessing departure of their youths who were deceived by such calls and left their homes to go and get killed in Syria.

Extremist clerics have been calling even on young girls to go and hand themselves over to militants in Syria and marry them so that they can also participate in the “holy war”.

Syria has been struggling with a foreign-backed insurgency, most supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Israel and United States, which started in March 2011 after pro-reform protests turned into a massive war by infiltration of foreign extremists.

The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million displaced due to the foreign-backed militancy in Syria.

Over 1.8 million of the displaced Syrians are living in neighboring countries, mainly in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.

source: Alalam