Arab League recognizes and welcomes Syria’s opposition coalition

Arab League recognizes and welcomes Syria’s opposition coalition

Cairo : Egypt | Nov 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM PST
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After a meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo late Monday, foreign ministers of the 22-member Arab League have welcomed the formation of the new National Coalition Forces of the Syrian Revolution and recognized the Syrian National Council (SNC) as a legitimate representative of the aspirations of the Syrian people.

After the foreign ministers’ meeting, the Arab League released a statement read by the Qatar foreign minister: "The Arab League ministerial council welcomes the agreement that the Syrian opposition parties reached and calls on the other opposition parties to join this coalition."

The ministers urged regional and international organizations to recognize it as a legitimate representative for the aspirations of the Syrian people and called it a legitimate representative and a primary negotiator with the Arab League.

It is worth mentioning that the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, attended the meeting. According to sources from the Arab League, Brahimi met with the new leaders of the Syrian National Council and asked them to work on solving the Syrian crisis peacefully, away from any military intervention.

It should be noted that Algeria and Lebanon requested the secretary-general of the Arab League not to recognize the Syrian opposition collectively in the Arab League and to leave the recognition to each country, according to its interests with Syria.

Earlier Monday, the Gulf Cooperation Council -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- have decided to recognize the newly formed National Coalition of the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

"The states of the council announce recognizing the National Coalition for the Forces of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition as the legitimate representative of the brotherly Syrian people," GCC chief Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement.

On the other hand, Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah, who is a great ally of the Syrian regime, said the new coalition of the Syrian opposition, accusing it of having been created from scratch by the United States. They met in Doha and were trapped in a hotel to form a new body, and they did what the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and America wanted.

Nasrallah also said during a speech on Martyr Day ceremony in Beirut, "But more dangerous is that the opposition parties have unanimously decided, in Doha, to reject the dialogue and any political solution. That is to say they want to go to more destruction. And who benefits from this? Clinton, United States, Israel and some regional parties."

In related news, under the title of "Jordan Said to Help Arm Syria Rebels", the Wall Street Journal mentioned that since last spring, the role of Jordan continued in buying and transferring weapons financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the Free Syrian army. The report says that Jordanian intelligence services officers regularly meet with the Syrian opposition leaders, facilitating their coming and going across the borders, and discussing with them issues and military strategy.

The paper claimed that the Jordanian intelligence services organized for officers and officials of Israeli and US intelligence to meet with Syrian soldiers and officers who fled to Jordan in order to extract information about the Syrian regime army.


It is not strange that Arabs recognized the new formation of the Syrian National Council. However, the question is, what's next? The presence of Lakhdar Brahimi during the Arab League meeting along with the Syrian opposition did not make me feel comfortable, because this man is Algerian before being an international envoy to Syria. He will certainly be an obstacle to any progress to be taken for military support for the Syrian opposition. Brahimi, despite the failure of Eid al-Adha truce, still adheres to the diplomatic solution as the only solution to the Syrian crisis. According to my own opinion, it is impossible for such solution to take place after all these massacres in Syria.

I expect that Europe and America will be more daring to go for military and financial support. It seems, through what is published in the international press, that Britain is making militarily moves. The United States has military forces under the pretext of humanitarian organizations in Jordan, which I have already mentioned that on earlier reports on Allvoices. What is important is this question; Are we going to witness an international resolution to protect the Syrian people and topple the Syrian regime before the Assad regime brings the death toll in Syrian to a million?

I have asked myself several times whether there was a decision taken by the international community when US President George H.W. Bush sent troops to invade Panama on Dec. 20, 1989, in order to detain Panama's former leader Manuel Noriega.

I know that Noriega was accused of drug trafficking and corruption. He was also sentenced to political murders charges. He has a lot in common with Assad, as they both killed politicians and opponents, although Assad outweighed him by killing more than 36,000 Syrians during an 18-month period. Isn't the US able to save Syria by repeating with Assad what they did with the criminal Noriega? Certainly, they would be able to end the ongoing Syrian crisis.

I don’t believe what was stated in the American newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, for the reason that neither America nor Israel needs information about the Syrian regime army. But perhaps if the report said that the topic relates to the chemical or biological weapons or even nuclear projects, we hereby could have believed it. Anyway, the fall of the Syrian regime is a supreme interest for Jordan, which suffered a lot from the Syrian regime through plots to overthrow the monarchy in Jordan. Despite all this, Jordan did not expel the ambassador of the Syrian regime in Amman and is dealing with the Syrian crisis on humanitarian basis only.


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After a meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo, late on Monday, foreign ministers of the 22-member Arab League, has welcomed the formation of the new National Coalition Forces of the Syrian Revolution, and recognized the Syrian National Council (SNC) as a legitimate representative of the aspirations of the Syrian people.
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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