Kerry, Jarba agreed that ‘political solution is best path’

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Ahmad Jarba, SNC presidentSyria’s opposition urged the United States to provide arms to rebel groups in a Thursday meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry in New York City.

“The US commitment of military support … is vital, but it needs to happen fast, and in a way that allows us to defend ourselves and protect civilians,” a statement from the Syrian National Coalition. “To deny us the right to self-defense is to risk that the regime will survive: thousands will be executed, the repression will continue without end.”

The session between Kerry and coalition President Ahmad Jarba came as the United Nations announced more than 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. It occurred at the U.S. mission to the United Nations.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a peace conference to stop the violence on both sides.

“We have to bring this to an end,” Ban said in remarks before his meeting with Kerry.

Leaders of the Syrian National Coalition sit opposite Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in New York City. July 25, 2013. Photo: Luke Vargas/TRNS
Leaders of the Syrian National Coalition sit opposite Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in New York City. July 25, 2013. Photo: Luke Vargas/TRNS
In addition to the deaths, Ban noted that “millions of people have either been displaced or become refugees in neighboring countries.”

A State Department official said Kerry and Jarba agreed that a “political solution is the best path forward” in the conflict.

“Secretary Kerry reiterated the ongoing commitment of the United States to helping end the bloodshed and suffering of the Syrian people,” the official said.

The conflict

Syria is wracked by a civil war in which a government dominated by minority Alawite Muslims is squaring off with rebels dominated by Sunni Muslims.

This May, the United Nations reported that more than 1.5 million had fled for other countries because of the violence, while 4 million more had been displaced within Syria.

Yet many remain, whether by choice or necessity, amid the bloodshed.

And — as has happened very day for more than two years — more of them died Thursday.

A car bombing rocked a square in Jaramana, which is about 5 kilometers southeast of Damascus, according to both opposition activists and state-run media.

The attack left 17 dead and tens more injured, according to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian state TV put the death toll at 10, with 70 others wounded, blaming the blast on an al Qaeda branch operating within its borders.

Jaramana has a mostly Christian and Druze population known for backing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

The Local Coordination Committees in Syria, a network of opposition activists, reported at least 50 died nationwide on Thursday, including 19 in Aleppo province and 18 in and around the war-torn Middle Eastern nation’s capital.

CNN

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10 responses to “Kerry, Jarba agreed that ‘political solution is best path’”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    “Yet many remain, whether by choice or necessity, amid the bloodshed.”
    Really … what the hell can be expected?? Considering the ‘relief’ money promised for the ones who leave doesn’t arrive to the UN agencies either, moving to a refugee camp in countries that really don’t want them isn’t the greatest idea.
    And MANY keep up that ‘hope’ that their house won’t be targeted – or that Assad can protect everyone by bombing everything – or that ‘a job’ won’t disappear into the financial abyss – or that God can come to the rescue. Always humans.

    1. man-o-war Avatar
      man-o-war

      You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can’t bomb it into peace. – Michael Franti

      1. Well technicallly you CAN , but , you know ..

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          LOL ….

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    “Yet many remain, whether by choice or necessity, amid the bloodshed.”
    Really … what the hell can be expected?? Considering the ‘relief’ money promised for the ones who leave doesn’t arrive to the UN agencies either, moving to a refugee camp in countries that really don’t want them isn’t the greatest idea either.
    And MANY keep up that ‘hope’ that their house won’t be targeted – or that Assad can protect everyone by bombing everything – or that ‘a job’ won’t disappear into the financial abyss – or that God can come to the rescue. Always humans.

    1. man-o-war Avatar
      man-o-war

      You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can’t bomb it into peace. – Michael Franti

      1. cook2half Avatar
        cook2half

        Well technicallly you CAN , but , you know ..

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          LOL ….

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Interesting story about us crazy ‘humans’ in general.
    Seems that there are babies popping out in droves in the eastern USA, 9 months after Hurricane Sandy – which covered a very large area.
    So, we can probably come to a FACTUALLY-BASED CONCLUSION, that Americans are no different than the Ethiopians who were boinking heavily in the dessert around the feeding-aid stations. Aside from the lack of enough condoms in a pocket for the moment they all think they are going to die, humans attempt to push up reproduction by ‘Natural Instinct’ in times of stress and disaster – the instinct for ‘species survival’ is VERY strong in us ALL.
    We can also conclude that the knowledge – that keeping reproduction to 2.3 children per family is necessary for future human life on the planet – just goes out the window when any disaster threatens, and is as ignored in places that profess to have an educated population as in those which profess the opposite. :-))
    (And I’m sure some will be beaming the joy as they tell the kids in future: ‘You are a disaster baby’. )
    (No, I have not heard the birth-rate figures yet in refugee-camps.)

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Interesting story about us crazy ‘humans’ in general.
    Seems that there are babies popping out in droves in the eastern USA, 9 months after Hurricane Sandy – which covered a very large area.
    So, we can probably come to a FACTUALLY-BASED CONCLUSION, that Americans are no different than the Ethiopians who were boinking heavily in the dessert around the feeding-aid stations. Aside from the lack of enough condoms for the moment they all think they are going to die, humans attempt to push up reproduction by ‘Natural Instinct’ in times of stress and disaster – the instinct for ‘species survival’ is VERY strong in us ALL.
    We can also conclude that the knowledge – that keeping reproduction to 2.3 children per family is necessary for future human life on the planet – just goes out the window when any disaster threatens, and is as ignored in places that profess to have an educated population as in those which profess the opposite. :-))

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