Consequences of the Arab League decision on Syria
In his speech, the head of the delegation A.M.Hatyb called for enhancing various types of aid to the opposition, including foreign intervention to establish no-fly zones over northern Syria, exactly as was done in Libya. He also asked for the support of Arab states to help NC become Syria’s official representative in the UN and other international organizations.
For their part, the summit participants confirmed the possibility of the Arab League states providing military assistance to the anti-government armed groups in Syria.
Decision taken in Doha, despite the objections of some member states, caused predictable consequences. In fact, it is a direct encouragement of the forces which, unfortunately, continue to bet on a military solution in Syria, ignoring the pain and suffering of the Syrian people.
In terms of international law, the League's decisions on Syria
are unlawful and inconsistent, as the Syrian Arab Republic's
government has been and remains a lawful representative of the UN
member-state. The decisions absolutely run counter to the common
understandings of the international community on the need for a
peaceful political settlement in Syria. The ways to accomplish that
are stipulated primarily by the Geneva communique adopted by the
Action Group for Syria on June 30, 2012, which was attended by the
Arab League Secretary General and some league members, including
Qatar. The Geneva communique calls for the promotion of agreements
between the Syrian government and all opposition groups.
The league decisions also undermine Lakhdar Brahimi's mandate as UN and Arab League envoy authorized to establish contacts between the Syrian government and the opposition members.
Moscow is convinced that political settlement, not a destructive
military scenario, could only stop the bloodshed and guarantee
peace and security for all the Syrians in their
In brief, those decisions reinforce the prospect of the split,
of Syria’s fragmentation, shunning not only forces loyal to the
Syrian Government, but also all other opposition structures outside
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