Thursday Apr 19, 201212:57 AM GMT
US reiterates support for Syria rebels, confirms assistance
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton (file photo)
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The United States is providing communications and logistics and other support for the opposition. And we will continue to do everything we can to assist the opposition to be perceived as – and in reality become – the alternative voice for the Syrian people’s future."

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton

The United States has once again confirmed that it is assisting Syrian armed opposition groups to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad, Press TV reports.


“The United States is providing communications and logistics and other support for the opposition,” said US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton a meeting of NATO foreign and defense ministers in the Belgian capital Brussels on Wednesday.

“And we will continue to do everything we can to assist the opposition to be perceived as -- and in reality become -- the alternative voice for the Syrian people’s future,” she added.

The Syrian government has announced it would continue to respect and implement the peace plan brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

“The Syrian government respects Annan’s plan. But the armed rebels don’t respect the plan. Their goal is to ruin Annan’s plan and hold Syria responsible to achieve what Clinton said about foreign military intervention,” said Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem during a visit to China.

Damascus has also said that it is cooperating with UN observers who are overseeing the implementation of the peace plan.

An initial group of six monitors arrived in Syria on Sunday and the observers have so far visited the southern city of Dara'a.

Despite relative calm in most areas of Syria following the April 12 ceasefire, some Arab governments -- like Qatar -- are pushing to send weapons to armed opposition groups in the country.

“We’ve already requested an Arab military intervention in the past to find a way out of Syrian crisis and avoid further bloodshed of the Syrian people,” Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said on Tuesday, adding, “The chances of success for the Kofi Annan’s plan in Syria are no higher than three percent.”

Many analysts say that the main concern of such countries as Qatar and Saudi Arabia is to protect the interests of the United States and NATO in the region.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including numerous security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

Syria blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist gangs for the unrest in the country, asserting that it is being orchestrated from abroad. The West and the Syrian opposition, however, accuse the Syrian government of killing protesters.

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