Nabil el-Arabi: Russia and China have lost an asset of credibility in the Arab world

Nabil el-Arabi: Russia and China have lost an asset of credibility in the Arab world

Cairo : Egypt | Feb 07, 2012 at 4:06 AM PST
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The secretary general of the Arab League said on Monday that Russia and China have lost an asset diplomatically in the Arab world Baaataradhma the right of veto on the UN resolution on Syria, and perhaps a message to Damascus missions that they have absolute freedom in the suppression of the protests.

However noble the Arab saying that he will continue to work with Moscow, Beijing and other members of the Security Council of the United Nations to put an end to acts of violence that escalated on Monday bombed the Syrian city of Homs, which activists said it killed 50 people.

He said the Arab, told Reuters that the use of the veto was "an account of the truth" in the eyes of Syrian opposition groups, which has so far refused to invite the University of dialogue with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has shown them that the Arabs are not impede the tougher measures against Damascus, but the world powers divided among them.

The secretary-general said in an interview with Reuters at the university in Cairo "Unfortunately, the two delegations decided to Russian and Chinese in the final moments and the use of the veto must be said here that the question of whether you used the right to veto Russia or any other country is unacceptable."

He said the Arab saying, "I do not blame them, but the Syrian opposition was under the illusion that the Arab League stands between them and the solution - the solution is the scenario Libya - Libyan but the scenario is not appropriate for this situation."

During the intifada, the Libyan Arab support no-fly zone on Libya, which led to the decision of the United Nations and the air strikes of NATO after that. Ruled out, while the Arabs and the world powers to take military action against Syria.

Asked whether Moscow and Beijing may have lost an asset diplomatically in the Arab world after the veto, said the Arab, "The short answer is yes." But he added that the Arabs will work with them "because we need both."

He said he had spoken with the Arab Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister earlier on Monday and said that Lavrov will present an initiative to Damascus on a visit there on Tuesday. Did not provide details when asked whether he thought it could end the crisis, said, "They think that."

The Arab who was disappointed to use the veto, said he left New York last week after briefing the Security Council and to hold talks with Russia and China, believing that it can resolve any differences through the amendment of certain terms.

He continues, "I left on Wednesday evening of this understanding. By Friday, there were some other issues" that prevented an agreement, but said it was not clear what these issues.

He said the Arab, who spent years as a diplomat at the United Nations "were not required to use the veto, we were on the verge of reaching a conclusion on this decision, which was supported by everyone. May have interpreted the government (the Syrian) Certainly, however, that the international community is unable to do anything and ( so) we can do what we want. "

The decision of the United Nations will support the Arab initiative calls for Assad to step down and delegation of powers to the Deputy to start a dialogue with the opposition. He would also support calls for Syria to withdraw its forces from residential areas and the release of prisoners who were arrested during the protests.

And launched a new initiative of the Arab League on 22 January and included a call to communicate with the Security Council after a previous attempt failed to send observers to Syria to put an end to the violence. The Arabs have agreed to impose economic sanctions, but the neighboring countries of Syria is not implemented, which softened the impact.

It meets the Arab foreign ministers again next week to discuss the fate of the UNOMIG withdrew after six Gulf and Jordan, Morocco, their monitors. He said he believed the Arab they withdrew because "it was not effective enough."

He said he can send a new mission, but according to various conditions and more members of the Task Leaders, with a 200-strong.

"If we want to send another mission and we think it should be stronger in terms of numbers, equipment, authorization must be different." He added that it will need international support, not only the Arab this time.

He said the Arab Any new task will require the approval of Syria, as is the case with the deployment of any peacekeeping force in all parts of the world.

He said the Arab saying "The real problem here is that you can not impose your style. You have to do this in agreement with the authorities in Syria. Authorities in Syria understands now that it has a serious problem and can not continue this approach."

He said the Arab is in regular contact with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said the Syrian authorities blame on a foreign-backed plot.

He added that the Arabs will continue to work to end the crisis but they have limited scope to act without international support.

He said the Arab, "and we put all the papers to play for our ... on the table. It's up to the United Nations to take the decision. Failure of the Security Council ... We do not have anything else we do. We have a ten-story here (in the headquarters of the League of Arab States). Go and look for our aircraft or our tanks. What do you expect us to do otherwise? "

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Arab League's Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi
Arab League's Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi
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