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Opinion Editorials, February 2012
Friends of Syria' Lack Plan to Support Army Defectors
By Mahmoud Khattab
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, February 27, 2011
The Syrian American Council (SAC) had welcomed the "Friends of Syria"
group's call for the immediate ending of violence during the conference
held in the Tunisian capital yesterday, but was disappointed by the lack
of a tangible action plan to either support the Free Syrian Army (FSA)
or help put an end to the Assad's bloody crackdown and brutal regime. The
meeting was apparently another delaying tactic, which makes a mockery of
the suffering and continued bloodshed of the Syrian people.
- Provide safe areas for civilians from bombardment by tank and heavy
"While the Friends Group meeting was taking place, the regime continued
its massacres of Syrian civilians. It is clear that Assad will not stop
his crimes unless a credible power intervenes. The international community
should immediately take the necessary measures to support army defectors
to resist the regime instead of continuing to watch Assad's slaughtering
of the Syrian people," said SAC President Talal Sunbulli.
SAC Chairman Dr. Mahmoud Khattab, email@example.com,
916-753-0899; Communications Director Rashad Al-Dabbagh, firstname.lastname@example.org,
626-375-2537; or SAC President Talal Sunbulli, email@example.com,
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