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EU: 'Military intervention in Syria would be disastrous'
U.N. humanitarian chief
Valerie Amos (C) speaks next to President of the Syrian Arab Red
Crescent Abdul Rahman Attar (L) during her visit to Damascus March 8,
2012 (Reuters / Khaled al-Hariri)
EU foreign ministers have united to speak against military
intervention in Syria, saying sanctions appear to be working. Meanwhile
the UN humanitarian mission is slowly making its way in the troubled
On Friday EU foreign ministers gathered in Copenhagen for an informal meeting in which the issue of Syria topped the agenda.
Germany’s foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, said any talk of military intervention was “counter-productive,” adding that “large-scale fire” would bring “really disastrous consequences for the region, the people, and the world.”
His position was echoed by Luxemburg’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn. “We must be patient,” he said “We will unfortunately have to face seeing more victims, but military intervention would be worse.”
Swedish FM Carl Bildt also said that the EU’s priority should be to prevent Syria from “descending into full-scale sectarian war.”
“We are searching truly for a political solution,” the diplomat stated. “Whether that is possible or not remains to be seen.”
FM, Villy Soevndal, also spoke against military interference, saying
strong sanctions against Syria appear to be working.
previous 11 rounds, the EU froze the assets of more than 38
organizations and 100 individuals, and worked to cut the country’s
supply of equipment for its oil and gas sectors.
Earlier on Friday
the foreign ministers of France and Morocco announced their opposition
to outside military intervention in Syria.
"We reject any military intervention in Syria, and the Arab League has always favored a political solution," Morocco's Saad Eddine Othmani said at a joint press conference with his French counterpart, Alain Juppe.
on Syria, many EU diplomats also called on Russia and China to act
responsibly as another draft resolution on Syria is currently being
discussed at the UN Security Council.
The two countries have
already vetoed two resolutions citing an unbalanced approach towards the
Syrian government and the opposition.
On Saturday Russian FM
Sergey Lavrov is due to meet with Arab League representatives. He will
then fly to New York to meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
to discuss the situation in Syria and a new draft resolution on Syria.
UN humanitarian mission making progress
UN humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, announced on Friday that Syria
has agreed to a joint mission to assess the country’s humanitarian
“While this is a necessary first step, it remains
essential that a robust and regular arrangement be put in place, which
allows humanitarian organizations unhindered access to evacuate the
wounded and deliver desperately needed supplies,” she told reporters in Ankara.
arrived in Turkey after a two-day visit to Syria. She has also visited
Syrian refugee camps along the Turkish-Syrian border, where some
12,000 people have found shelter.
As the conflict in the country
continues yet more high ranking military officials are fleeing Syria.
On Friday Turkey’s Foreign Ministry reported that two Syrian generals, a
colonel and a sergeant had arrived in a refugee camp along with 200
The Free Syrian Army claims that so far seven
brigadier generals have defected from Assad’s army, with six fleeing to
Turkey and another staying in Syria to fight for the rebels.
top UN official to visit Syria shortly is the special envoy of the UN
and the Arab League, Kofi Annan. He is expected to arrive in Damascus
Ahead of his visit Annan called on the rebels and
government forces to establish a dialogue. But the call has been angrily
rejected by the opposition.
The chairman of the Syrian
Transitional National Council, Burhan Ghalioun, said Annan had
disappointed Syrian people with this proposal.
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