Qatar: Arming Syrian rebels to bring peace, justice

A water tower reading "Welcome to Doha" appears in the background as greeters wait for US Secretary of State John Kerry to disembark from his plane upon arrival in Doha on 22 June 2013. (Photo: AFP - Jacquelyn Martin)

Published Saturday, June 22, 2013

Qatar's prime minister said on Saturday the only way to resolve the civil war in Syria was to arm rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad.

"Force is necessary to achieve justice. And the provision of weapons is the only way to achieve peace in Syria's case," Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani told ministers from Western and Arab states who support the Islamist rebels determined to overthrow the Syrian government.

"We cannot wait due to disagreement among Security Council members over finding a solution to the problem," he said.

The remarks came during a meeting in Qatar on Saturday between ministers from 11 countries including the United States, European and Arab countries, to tighten coordination of their stepped up support for Syria's anti-government militants.

After a series of military offensives by government troops, including the recapture of a strategic border town two weeks ago, US President Barack Obama said the United States would increase military support for the rebels.

Two Gulf sources told Reuters on Saturday that Saudi Arabia had also accelerated delivery of advanced weapons to the rebels.

"In the past week there have been more arrivals of these advanced weapons. They are getting them more frequently," one source said, without giving details. Another Gulf source described them as "potentially balance-tipping" supplies.

Speaking before Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Doha, a US official said the United States wanted to ensure that "every kind of assistance" offered by the 11 countries attending the meeting go through the Supreme Military Council, led by General Salim Idriss, a former commander in Syria's army.

Idriss last month during an interview with Al Arabiya gave a 24-hour deadline for Lebanese Hezbollah troops to leave Syria, threatening Lebanon with unspecified repercussions should they fail to do so.

Lebanon has come under a wave of attacks by suspected Syrian rebels since the western-favored Idriss issued the threat.

A diplomat who had seen the draft communique of the meeting said there was no mention of establishing a no-fly zone or specific mention of weapons supplies to the rebels.

The United States and Russia, which back opposing sides in the conflict, hope to bring them together for negotiations in Geneva originally scheduled for this month.

Moscow opposes arming rebel forces that it says include terrorist groups, and has warned that a swift exit by Assad would risk a dangerous power vacuum.

(Reuters, Al-Akhbar)

Comments

Why dont you give weapons to Palestinian people to fight Israel? Qatar you have sold your soul to the enemies of islam

How will I put this mildly?You don't get It! Many In the world , with eyes wide open, realize that the fact remains. Israel Is a fact. It Is here and It will remain where It Is. So the REA'L POLITIK Is that though Israel Is far from perfect (Israel Itself admits this) and a Palestinian state WILL be established ALONGSIDE Israel and with the rising fear of fundamental Islamic parties who are bent on converting ,displacing and ruling by the sword, nations are fighting back the fear of Al Qaida and Its cancerous off shoots, rouge countries like Iran, N. Korea. Palestinians will have a state but never on the conditions of Hamas/Hizballah and other dreamers who bring nothing but misery (and delay the Palestinian statehood). They may raise the Arab pride, but you can't buy food at the grocery store with pride.
Wanting to punish Israel for past faults and crimes Is an emotion that Is not advancing Palestinian cause.Marginalizing Israel Is a faze but end result Is pointless(example-flotillas to Gaza brought the Egyptians to destroy tunnels. I dare you to to post under your real name blasting Mursey)
The same way that Jews were happy to have a "half full cup" geopolitical solution In 1947, should be the rule for Palestinians- a state based on the borders of 1967 (or similar). Anything more, and they'll have nada. After all,Arab Palestinians, whoever they are, didn`t have any political aspirations for statehood, to begin with, prior to 1947.All their objections were to Jewish and British presence.
Bottom line- read the article carefully and read some more on other media outlets- Qatar Is one of many who see this reality. They may be rich, corrupt, fat, lazy and ugly but stupid they are not.

You don't get it. Qatar doesn't care about PALESTINE or if they were they would have refused to back up a american naval base in their country and the second wife of the emir would have not spent her vacation in Israël. You are the dreamer to believe that one day you gonna have a palestinien state along israël it will never happen because the wahhabits are the problems in the region. By the way alqaeda is financed and help by the dictatorship gulf nations. Stop taking us for fools because we know you are a slave of the morans.

Let me be as rude as I can here. All these al Thanis (the emir, the justice, uh, hem, minister, the director-general of Al Jazeera: do we know that they are not all one and the same person? Or could they be clones? Could Qatar be the test-bed for some weird US-Israeli plot to conquer the world by use of clones?

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