(Image Source: ABC)


BY BLAKE HANSON



Meeting Sunday in Istanbul, ‘Friends of Syria’ member countries made some major decisions to ramp up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Here’s Fox News with details.

“83 Nations called the ‘Friends of Syria’. They recognized Assad’s opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and are also are creating a multi-million dollar fund to help the Syrian people.”

In addition to recognizing the Syrian National Council as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people, the ‘Friends of Syria’ also called for a strict timetable for U.N. Envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan. The New York Times reports Arab Nations pledged $100 million to pay opposition fighters and the Obama administration agreed to send communications equipment to rebels.
(VIDEO: Euronews)

The New York Times offers analysis on the meeting, writing...

“The moves reflected a growing consensus ... that mediation efforts by ... Kofi Annan, were failing to halt the violence in Syria and that more forceful action was needed.”

Earlier this week, MSNBC talked with Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius, who explained why he thinks arming the rebels is a bad idea...

“Pumping weapons into this very organized scatter shot militia, almost town by town militia organization seems to the administration and to me like a very bad idea.”

The Friends of Syria also announced that Gulf Arab states would put money into a Syrian National Council fund that will pay salaries of rebel fighters, plus it’ll pay money to government soldiers who defect. The BBC says this is a big move...

“ ... the decision to pay rebel fighters is a significant step by the SNC in recognising the central role the armed insurgency is now playing in their campaign to oust President Assad.”

But despite the amount of progress Sunday, The Financial Times says the Friends of Syria group may not be as unified as it first appears, writing...

“Although Mrs Clinton said the meeting demonstrated the unity of the international community, there were clashes behind closed doors, with Turkey and the US both looking to each other to provide more decisive leadership and disputes over a bid by Ankara to set up a fund for the SNC.”

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also pledged $12 million in humanitarian aid. The U.N. believes 9,000 people have died in the year-long revolt against Assad’s rule.
 

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Apr 1, 2012

'Friends of Syria' Ramp Up Pressure

(Image Source: ABC)


BY BLAKE HANSON



Meeting Sunday in Istanbul, ‘Friends of Syria’ member countries made some major decisions to ramp up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Here’s Fox News with details.

“83 Nations called the ‘Friends of Syria’. They recognized Assad’s opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and are also are creating a multi-million dollar fund to help the Syrian people.”

In addition to recognizing the Syrian National Council as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people, the ‘Friends of Syria’ also called for a strict timetable for U.N. Envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan. The New York Times reports Arab Nations pledged $100 million to pay opposition fighters and the Obama administration agreed to send communications equipment to rebels.
(VIDEO: Euronews)

The New York Times offers analysis on the meeting, writing...

“The moves reflected a growing consensus ... that mediation efforts by ... Kofi Annan, were failing to halt the violence in Syria and that more forceful action was needed.”

Earlier this week, MSNBC talked with Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius, who explained why he thinks arming the rebels is a bad idea...

“Pumping weapons into this very organized scatter shot militia, almost town by town militia organization seems to the administration and to me like a very bad idea.”

The Friends of Syria also announced that Gulf Arab states would put money into a Syrian National Council fund that will pay salaries of rebel fighters, plus it’ll pay money to government soldiers who defect. The BBC says this is a big move...

“ ... the decision to pay rebel fighters is a significant step by the SNC in recognising the central role the armed insurgency is now playing in their campaign to oust President Assad.”

But despite the amount of progress Sunday, The Financial Times says the Friends of Syria group may not be as unified as it first appears, writing...

“Although Mrs Clinton said the meeting demonstrated the unity of the international community, there were clashes behind closed doors, with Turkey and the US both looking to each other to provide more decisive leadership and disputes over a bid by Ankara to set up a fund for the SNC.”

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also pledged $12 million in humanitarian aid. The U.N. believes 9,000 people have died in the year-long revolt against Assad’s rule.
 

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