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Davutoğlu to attend ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting in Paris

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is scheduled to attend the third “Friends of Syria” meeting in Paris on Thursday in an effort to ramp up pressure on Syria in the face of a faltering cease-fire in the country. France will … Continue reading

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France to hold ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting to pressure Assad

PARIS, France – A French diplomatic source says the country’s foreign minister is inviting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other foreign diplomats to a meeting in Paris aimed at keeping up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s … Continue reading

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Turkey to discuss Syria with NATO at Brussels meeting

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish officials are expected to raise the Syrian issue during a NATO meeting in Brussels beginning on Wednesday, diplomatic sources have said. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz are scheduled to attend the two-day … Continue reading

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Top rebel blames world for Syrian ‘massacres’

‘Istanbul conference did nothing to protect defence population’ A leading rebel on Monday blamed the global community for failing to protect the Syrian people, saying it was ignoring the regime’s “massacres” by refusing to arm the insurgents. “The international community, … Continue reading

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Secretary Clinton Says Syrian President Assad ‘Must Go’

By: Reena Ninan and Marisa Taylor Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that, despite a newly-brokered cease fire agreement with Syrian President Bashar al Assad, his days as president are numbered as his forces continue the bloody clash with Syrian opposition … Continue reading

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Britain warns Assad peace plan delay may boost funding for his foes

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Britain said on Sunday that foot dragging by President Bashar Assad over a United Nations-Arab League peace plan for Syria will trigger fresh pressure on him at the UN Security Council and possibly increase foreign governments’ financing … Continue reading

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Syria’s SNC gets world’s backing

Rebel fighters to get salaries; Damascus rejects recommendations “Friends of Syria” member countries recognised the opposition Syrian National Council yesterday as the “legitimate representative” of all Syrians, the Anatolia news agency said. In the final statement of the second “Friends … Continue reading

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Syria conference: Coalition moves to fund rebels

A coalition of at least 70 countries pledged several million dollars a month Sunday and communications equipment for Syrian rebels and opposition activists, signaling deeper involvement in the conflict amid a growing belief that diplomacy and sanctions alone can’t end … Continue reading

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“Friends of Syria” conference’s final statement

1. The Second Conference of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People (“the Friends’ Group”) was held in Istanbul on 1 April 2012. 2. The Friends’ Group welcomed the growing interest and participation of the countries which totaled 82 … Continue reading

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Final communiqué says Annan’s Syria mission not open-ended

A communiqué issued on Sunday by a meeting of mainly Arab and Western governments in İstanbul gives full support to UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s peace mission while stressing that it cannot be open-ended. Foreign dignitaries from 74 nations met … Continue reading

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