Syrian opposition calls for no-fly zone to protect civilians

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A coalition representing dozens of Syrian opposition groups called Tuesday for the international community to back a no-fly zone to protect civilians from a crackdown by President Bashar Al Assad’s regime.

The Syrian Revolution General Commission, a coalition representing some 40 opposition blocs protesting what they call ‘crimes against humanity’ in the regime’s attack on pro-democracy activists, said at a press conference in Washington it did not seek foreign military intervention on Syrian soil.

But the group said instead it sought ‘international intervention in the form of a peacekeeping mission,’ in the face of a government it said had brought in the armed forces ‘in order to implement a system of repression and mass extermination.’

Attorney Martin MacMahon, lead counsel for activist group the Syrian Emergency Task Force, who filed a lawsuit against the Syrian government and several prominent officials linked to the Assad regime, also told reporters the civil suit against the government that ‘brutally represses’ its citizens was ongoing.

The US-based Task Force also called for an arms embargo that would require states, especially those neighboring the Middle Eastern nations, to inspect cargo to and from Syria, said British barrister Toby Cadman, an advisor to both Task Force and General Commission.

A statement signed off by both activist groups, calling for the no-fly sign, embargo and asset freeze, was to be delivered to the office of the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, the UN Security Council (UNSC), and US President Barack Obama.

The fragmented opposition movement in Syria has struggled to present a united front in recent months, as movements within the country and groups abroad scrambled to voice their dissent of the crackdown in which the United Nations says more than 2,700 people have been killed.

European powers at the UN earlier Tuesday announced a new resolution on the Syria crackdown that urged a threat of sanctions rather than demanding international measures.

Key UNSC members Russia and China however have threatened to veto any sanctions resolution brought to the 15-nation council, which has so far only agreed statements.

KT

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5 responses to “Syrian opposition calls for no-fly zone to protect civilians”

  1. While I am all for helping the people of Syria in their times of need,I just dont think that a no fly zone is the route to take.. I mean it would take Russia and China, and Russia has no interest in it as they dont want to lose their only base/port on the Med., as well as the Arms sales. (And we all know what pro’s these 2 countries are at killing their own.) Turkey, who could of stepped up months ago turned out to be nothing but talk,Ergodan or whatever that blowhard is named is to busy making enemies around the world to keep his promise of a buffer zone.
    Thinking out of the box… (AS no one else is coming up with anything)

    Get the Kurds in Syria and Iraq to unite and promise them some territory for a new state to help oust the dentist. Help them realize their dream as you get yours, internationally would be benefitial for all. So crazy?
    RESULT: Drive out the dentist, Syria’s free, Kurd’s get their due. Iran loses.

    Dont hate me on this one..

    Ask Israel. Im not saying troops or air support. Im saying for a couple field hospitals and maybe (temp) room for 10-15000 refugees in a protected buffer zone in the Golan. In private maybe get some light arms, maybe some apc’s and light artillery.. A safe place to organize. IMAGINE the world support for both the Syrian people who aspire for freedom and the Israeli’s who aspire for peace could end this bloodshed,TOGETHER. Far-fetched with the other Arab nations maybe, but what exactly are they doing to help?
    RESULT: Drive out the dentist, Syria is free, make peace with Israel, Get back the Golan. Iran loses.

    Kill him. Blow him up.Whatever it takes.. If it takes a car bomb that takes out a city block and seen from space, this man has to go.
    Result: A free but lost Syria

    I dont know,and I am sorry. If it was up to me I would put a cruise missile through his bedroom window.

    1. kareemthehippy Avatar
      kareemthehippy

      Israel should give the Golan back to Syria. I really hope Asad gets taken out soon. 

  2. While I am all for helping the people of Syria in their times of need,I just dont think that a no fly zone is the route to take.. I mean it would take Russia and China, and Russia has no interest in it as they dont want to lose their only base/port on the Med., as well as the Arms sales. (And we all know what pro’s these 2 countries are at killing their own.) Turkey, who could of stepped up months ago turned out to be nothing but talk,Ergodan or whatever that blowhard is named is to busy making enemies around the world to keep his promise of a buffer zone.
    Thinking out of the box… (AS no one else is coming up with anything)

    Get the Kurds in Syria and Iraq to unite and promise them some territory for a new state to help oust the dentist. Help them realize their dream as you get yours, internationally would be benefitial for all. So crazy?
    RESULT: Drive out the dentist, Syria’s free, Kurd’s get their due. Iran loses.

    Dont hate me on this one..

    Ask Israel. Im not saying troops or air support. Im saying for a couple field hospitals and maybe (temp) room for 10-15000 refugees in a protected buffer zone in the Golan. In private maybe get some light arms, maybe some apc’s and light artillery.. A safe place to organize. IMAGINE the world support for both the Syrian people who aspire for freedom and the Israeli’s who aspire for peace could end this bloodshed,TOGETHER. Far-fetched with the other Arab nations maybe, but what exactly are they doing to help?
    RESULT: Drive out the dentist, Syria is free, make peace with Israel, Get back the Golan. Iran loses.

    Kill him. Blow him up.Whatever it takes.. If it takes a car bomb that takes out a city block and seen from space, this man has to go.
    Result: A free but lost Syria

    I dont know,and I am sorry. If it was up to me I would put a cruise missile through his bedroom window.

  3. While I am all for helping the people of Syria in their times of need,I just dont think that a no fly zone is the route to take.. I mean it would take Russia and China, and Russia has no interest in it as they dont want to lose their only base/port on the Med., as well as the Arms sales. (And we all know what pro’s these 2 countries are at killing their own.) Turkey, who could of stepped up months ago turned out to be nothing but talk,Ergodan or whatever that blowhard is named is to busy making enemies around the world to keep his promise of a buffer zone.
    Thinking out of the box… (AS no one else is coming up with anything)

    Get the Kurds in Syria and Iraq to unite and promise them some territory for a new state to help oust the dentist. Help them realize their dream as you get yours, internationally would be benefitial for all. So crazy?
    RESULT: Drive out the dentist, Syria’s free, Kurd’s get their due. Iran loses.

    Dont hate me on this one..

    Ask Israel. Im not saying troops or air support. Im saying for a couple field hospitals and maybe (temp) room for 10-15000 refugees in a protected buffer zone in the Golan. In private maybe get some light arms, maybe some apc’s and light artillery.. A safe place to organize. IMAGINE the world support for both the Syrian people who aspire for freedom and the Israeli’s who aspire for peace could end this bloodshed,TOGETHER. Far-fetched with the other Arab nations maybe, but what exactly are they doing to help?
    RESULT: Drive out the dentist, Syria is free, make peace with Israel, Get back the Golan. Iran loses.

    Kill him. Blow him up.Whatever it takes.. If it takes a car bomb that takes out a city block and seen from space, this man has to go.
    Result: A free but lost Syria

    I dont know,and I am sorry. If it was up to me I would put a cruise missile through his bedroom window.

    1.  Avatar

      Israel should give the Golan back to Syria. I really hope Asad gets taken out soon. 

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