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Assad: “Terrorists” Must Go Before He’ll Follow Peace Plan

Assad: “Terrorists” Must Go Before He’ll Follow Peace Plan

Friday has been a day of protest throughout the Syrian uprising and activists reported that at least 30 had died throughout the country today, March 20, in Damascus and in the cities of Hama and Homs. Opposition groups and the Syrian government are also giving conflicting reports about the assassination of government and security officials. The opposition reported that, on Thursday, four military officers had been killed in three separate attacks in Aleppo and Hama; the government said that “armed groups” had killed two army officers who were on their way to work in Aleppo.

The killings, says the New York Times, “seemed to dim even the glimmer of hope that the government might reconcile with the opposition” and show how some members of the opposition have increasingly taken to insurgency tactics. Roadside bomb attacks have also increased, with the Syrian state news agency saying that engineers had taken apart a “’a large number’ of bombs made of gas cans and fire extinguishers” on the roads in Idlib province.

Activists Skeptical About Assad’s Promises to Implement Peace Plan

President Bashar al-Assad had said in a statement on Thursday that until what he called “terrorists” have ceased to attack officials and damage pipelines and other aspects of the country’s infrastructure, he would not carry out a six-point peace plan proposed by Kofi Annan, special envoy from the United Nations and the Arab League. Assad had indicated earlier that he would “spare no effort” to carry out the peace plan. The plan calls for arbitrarily detained prisoners to be released, for daily cease-fires to allow for humanitarian aid and access for journalists.

Activists contend that Assad is simply biding his time as he has throughout the past year, promising reforms but finding reasons to stall implementing them. Speaking at a news conference in Istanbul, Walid Banani, a member of the Syrian National Council, points out that, for all the regime has pretended it agreed to the plan there “are more killings, mass murders and no withdrawal of forces from streets.”

One activist quoted by the Guardian says the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is still only lightly armed. Malik al-Abdeh, a London-based supporter of the Syrian National Council, says that members of the FSA are “organised locally and armed with nothing more sophisticated than AK-47 assault rifles, RPGs, and PK machine guns.” Syrian activists also report that a Kalashnikov rifle smuggled in from Lebanon now costs $2,000 vs. $300 before the crisis, suggesting that arms are not readily available.

Diplomatic Efforts to End Conflict in Syria Continue

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Saudi Arabia on Friday to meet with King Abdullah to urge him to support international diplomatic efforts to end the crisis in Syria. Along with Qatar, Saudi Arabia has indicated interest in arming the opposition fighters; Assad has said that he will not proceed with the peace plan until other countries agree not to finance the armed opposition. Indeed, Iranian state media reported on Friday that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, had told the visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Iran “is vehemently opposed to any intervention by foreign forces in Syrian internal affairs.”

Annan will likely visit Tehran soon, a sign that of the influence of Iran — Syria’s most powerful ally — on the situation.

On Sunday, Clinton, British foreign minister William Hague and numerous other western and Arab foreign ministers will be in Istanbul to attend a meeting of the Friends of Syria, to continue planning action against Assad’s regime and discuss Annan’s plan to end a conflict in which at least 9,000 have died.

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9:02PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

"Terrorists must go first" -- Assad must be talking about himself, then. Public radio tells every day of how many thousands of the Syrian people have been killed, "numbers which can't be confirmed", because no news media is allowed in the country. We all know and see what is happening FOR A YEAR!, through the instant media of cell phone pictures. Assad is a terrorist against his own people and doesn't care about anything except retaining his own power.

11:56AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

You're right, of course, but I have to try. I just missed something on the news about a 48 hour deadline Annan had announced, but I didn't catch what it was.

10:04AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

John D.
Sorry to say, no one will read this pro NWO c2cause anymore.
The trailer has moved on to a new attempt, brainwashing c2 members pro war vs Syria using scam news - the same blueprint as they did to stir up people and align - to invade Libya.

8:49AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

What a thundeering disgrace.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17578248

Opposition says Syrian rebel fighters to get salaries

Rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria will be paid salaries, the opposition Syrian National Council has announced.

Money will also be given to soldiers who defect from the government's army, the SNC added, after a "Friends of the Syrian people" summit in Turkey.

Conference delegates said wealthy Gulf Arab states would supply millions of dollars a month for the SNC fund.

The meeting recognised the SNC as the "legitimate representative" of Syrians.

Damascus dubbed the gathering of some 70 Western and Arab foreign ministers in Istanbul as the "enemies of Syria", and key players remained absent, including Russia, China and Iran.

At a news conference, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned Syria that Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan - which Damascus has agreed to in principle - was "not open-ended".

The international community would not allow President Assad to "misuse another opportunity", he said.
Compromise

"The SNC will take charge of the payment of fixed salaries of all officers, soldiers, and others who are members of the Free Syrian Army," SNC President Burhan Ghalioun told the conference.

The BBC's Jonathan Head, in Istanbul, says the decision to pay rebel fighters is a significant step by the SNC in recognising the central role the armed insurgency is now playing i

8:49AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

What a thundeering disgrace.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17578248

Opposition says Syrian rebel fighters to get salaries

Rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria will be paid salaries, the opposition Syrian National Council has announced.

Money will also be given to soldiers who defect from the government's army, the SNC added, after a "Friends of the Syrian people" summit in Turkey.

Conference delegates said wealthy Gulf Arab states would supply millions of dollars a month for the SNC fund.

The meeting recognised the SNC as the "legitimate representative" of Syrians.

Damascus dubbed the gathering of some 70 Western and Arab foreign ministers in Istanbul as the "enemies of Syria", and key players remained absent, including Russia, China and Iran.

At a news conference, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned Syria that Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan - which Damascus has agreed to in principle - was "not open-ended".

The international community would not allow President Assad to "misuse another opportunity", he said.
Compromise

"The SNC will take charge of the payment of fixed salaries of all officers, soldiers, and others who are members of the Free Syrian Army," SNC President Burhan Ghalioun told the conference.

The BBC's Jonathan Head, in Istanbul, says the decision to pay rebel fighters is a significant step by the SNC in recognising the central role the armed insurgency is now playing i

5:30AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Mossad & CIA death squads behind Syria bloodbath

1:20AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

linda s. , Elaine A. , Marilyn L.
Wonder where you get your information???

Warmongering Washington Post maybe?

Heres the plain facts - Syrians have debunked the lie, they love Assad more than ever - thank you folks for helping Syrians to eventually wake up, your hate comments made it!!!

Syrian Protest In Sydney We Love Bashar Al Assad
and
We Syrian and We Love Bashar Al Assad
and
One million Syrians hold demo in support of Assad and to thank Russia, China
and
'89 Percent' of Syrians Voted to Keep Assad in Power until 2028
and
Pro Assad Demonstration In London
and
A Million Syrians in a nationwide demonstration pro Bashar Al Assad

Quick Question:
How many Americans Love Obama
For signing NDAA, FEMA Camps, North American Union, SOPA PIPA ACTA OPEN etc, etc?
You have de-facto martial law in the USSA,

7:24PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Thanks

6:31PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Says who??????????????????

4:07PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

well, at least they're not killing as many of their citizens as are the countries where guns are legal...

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