21 april

Den inhemska syriska oppositionen, SNC, säger nej till alla former av terrorism. Den väststödda, FSA, säger nej till dialog och förhandlingar med Syriens president.
english.ruvr.ru – Lavrov, Kerry mull situation in Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has mulled the Syrian problem during a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
”The situation in and around Syria” was discussed, the Russian Foreign Ministry website reported on Sunday.
It said the telephone conversation took place on Saturday at the initiative of the US side.
Syrian National Coalition says rejects ‘all forms of terrorism’
Syria’s main opposition National Coalition said on Sunday it firmly rejected ”all forms of terrorism” and vowed that weapons it attains would not fall into the wrong hands.
In a declaration outlining its vision of a post-Assad Syria and issued following a ”Friends of Syria” meeting with Western and Arab backers, the coalition said it would not allow acts of revenge against any group in Syria.
‘No dialogue with Assad’ – Free Syrian Army
The Free Syrian Army has no plans to enter into a dialogue with President Bashar Assad. It believes its conflict with his regime cannot be resolved by means other than force.

Press TV – Assad: Army enjoys people’s support

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says situation in the country is improving as army enjoys people’s support in the fight against terrorism.
Assad made the remarks on Sunday in Damascus while receiving a Lebanese delegation representing national parties and forces.

Christof Lehmann – Morsi after Meeting with Putin; Committed to Peaceful Syria Solution, No to IMF-Loan

A closer alignment of Egypt with Moscow would make the country less dependent on US foreign policy and could, at least to a certain degree, counter the strong influence the USA is asserting over the Arab League through Qatar.
The little Gulf Kingdom has since 2007 grown into a veritable regional political superpower, which has stood and is standing behind many of the sweeping changes which have cast northern Africa and the Middle East into turmoil since 2011. Qatar and the USA are the primary powers behind the attempted subversion of Syria.
The question one may ask is, whether Morsi´s statement, that Egypt is committed to finding a peaceful and legal solution to the crisis in Syria is indicative of a more self-confident Egypt, and an Egyptian president who is aware of the fact that an alignment with the USA and Qatar, without playing the Moscow card, makes him as easily disposable of as his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

Press TV – US increases support for foreign-backed militants in Syria: Kerry

Kerry made the remarks at a press conference held at the end of the so-called Friends of Syria conference in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday, saying the US would continue to provide assistance to the militants in Syria.
He said the US government decided to provide the militants in Syria with what he called a non-lethal package.
“For the last several months, we have steadily increased our non-lethal assistance to more than 127 million dollars,” Kerry said.
The new package, which would provide an additional $123 million aid to the militants, brings the total of US help to $250 million.
Media reports have indicated that the US trains the foreign-sponsored militants in the crisis-hit country, in addition to coordinating arms shipments to them.

Press TV – Germany skeptical about arming militants in Syria

“We are skeptical as the German government when it comes to delivering weapons because we are concerned that weapons could fall into the wrong, namely extremist, hands,” said Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Saturday.
He made the remarks on the sidelines of the so-called “Friends of Syria” group’s meeting in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

‘US will regret arming Syria militants’, interview with Dr. Kevin Barrett, author and Middle East expert

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