Tuesday, 21 October 2014 01:26

Qatar and France: The World is Determined to Eradicate Terrorism and Dictatorships

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, said that "there is a will to eradicate terrorism and dictatorships and help the opposition organize itself and gain the support of the international community. France’s Defense Minister Jean-Yves Odrian said during his visit to Doha that France and Qatar completely agree that it is unacceptable to leave Syrians with only two options: Either a bloody dictatorship or terrorism. It is worth noting that these statements echo the Syrian Coalition’s confirmation that the empowering the Free Syrian Army is the only feasible way to fight terrorism, and that the international anti-ISIS coalition cannot accomplish its mission if the airstrikes are restricted to fighting ISIS while ignoring the Assad regime which is the root cause of terrorism. Bahra also said that “any military action cannot achieve its objectives unless if it propped up with a comprehensive political solution that achieves the aspirations of the Syrian people and ensure stability in Syria, Iraq and the entire region." Bahra reiterated the calls for creating a buffer zones to shelter the increasing number of displaced Syrians on the one hand, and allow for the Syrian Coalition and the interim government to work from inside the Syrian territories on the other. Nasr al-Hariri, Secretary General of the Syrian Coalition, criticizes the hesitation of world decision-makers to establish a buffer zone in northern Syria, saying that “even in the case of the materialization of this proposal, it would still fall short of the demands and the needs of the Syrian people. It is strange how such demand, aimed at protecting the Syrian refugees, and simple as it is, is a matter of debate at the table of justice and international law. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have taken to the streets since the early months of the Syrian revolution demanding the imposition of a buffer zone and a no-fly zone over parts of Syria to protect the Syrian people from Assad’s indiscriminate aerial shelling and barrel bombs.” Hariri concluded his remarks saying that “both the buffer zone and the no-fly zone, if they materialized, would set the stage for toppling the Assad regime and the creation of the state of justice and law." Hariri's remarks were made amid mixed signals by the international community towards Turkey’s calls for establishing a buffer zone and a no-fly zone to protect civilians inside Syria and as a prerequisite to join the anti-ISIS coalition. Britain and France declared their support for this move. (Source: Syrian Coalition)

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