Russia warns against supplying weapons to Syria insurgents
Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:32PM
"Outside help to the opposition waging an armed battle against a legitimate government is a gross violation of fundamental norms of international law.” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander LukashevichRussia has warned against the provision of arms to Syrian insurgents fighting the Arab country’s government, saying this is in violation of international laws. "Promises are being made from a number of capitals of massive supplies of modern weapons," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters on Thursday. "Outside help to the opposition waging an armed battle against a legitimate government is a gross violation of fundamental norms of international law,” Lukashevich stated. On Monday, a new Syria opposition bloc was recognized by the 22-member Arab League and six Persian Gulf Arab littoral states. France, the first Western country to recognize the Syrian National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SNCROF), also raised the prospect of providing arms to the insurgents.
The latest developments in prolonged Syria crisis and the insurgents’ refusal to hold talks with the government of President Bashar al-Assad are "in direct contravention" of the Geneva peace plan, Lukashevich stated.On June 30, diplomats meeting in Geneva reached an agreement on a Syria-led transitional governing body that could include members of the current Syrian government and the opposition. The Geneva plan urged all sides involved in the conflict in Syria to agree on a ceasefire in line with a six-point peace plan proposed by former UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan. Lukashevich further denounced an agreement by the Syrian opposition groups on a plan to unite against Assad. The move is not only "an undermining of the Geneva compromise, it is a 180-degree turn-around," he said. Meanwhile, the Military Council of the so-called Free Syrian Army has issued an ultimatum asking that all foreign diplomatic missions, organizations, and foreign workers leave the country within 72 hours. It also wants all businessmen to stop dealing with the Syrian government. Syria has experienced a deadly unrest that erupted in March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals. MRS/HMV