Anti-Syria countries meet to discuss arming rebels

Anti-Syria countries meet to discuss arming rebels
Wed Jun 19, 2013 20:40:59

Members of the so-called "Friends of Syria" group will meet in Doha on Saturday to discuss arming and aiding anti-Syria groups.

Foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Egypt will attend the meeting, a French diplomat said Wednesday.

The US is taking part in the meeting as it had already pledged Russia to bring the Syrian opposition to the negotiation table at a planned conference in Geneva to stop more bloodshed in the country. The US has so far failed to do so.

The opposition has warned Washington that they would not take part in any talks unless they received more arms to first compensate their losses at the battle ground.

Russia has repeatedly voiced concerns about US’s double standards on the crisis in Syria which undermine any efforts for finding a political solution to the violence.

Fallowing a meeting of the G8 leaders on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that those in the west who want to arm Syria insurgents may find the weapons ended up anywhere, even in Europe.

"Europe wants to send arms to these people? And what happens then to these arms? Who will control in whose hands and where they will end up? Maybe in Europe?” Putin said.

The insurgency in Syria started in 2011 as a protest to demand reforms in the country but with support of foreign countries it turned to a massive bloody insurgency led by extremist groups.

In an interview broadcasted on Turkish television in April, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned those who supported the war in his country that if the militants take power in Syria, they could destabilize the entire Middle East region for decades.

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