Caabu calls for urgent measures to resolve Syrian crisis including strengthened monitoring mission

Posted by Caabu on 12 Feb 2012

Caabu calls for urgent measures to resolve Syrian crisis including strengthened monitoring mission

12 February 2012

Speaking to an Amnesty International rally in Trafalgar Square on 11 February, Chris Doyle, Caabu's Director, urged the international community to play a constructive role in ending the Syria crisis as it entered its bloodiest phase.  "The last week has been the bloodiest in the entire Syrian uprising, perhaps even the Arab Spring." He stressed that the situation in Syria, particularly Homs, was a disaster with regime forces flattening parts of the city.  "So used now are Homsis to the sounds of rockets and gunfire at night, that some find it hard to sleep when there is silence."

In comments to the media, Doyle argued for a much stronger, larger, better trained and independent monitoring mission in Syria. "We need to end the bloodshed, and anything that can do that is vital.  A monitoring mission needs to be led by a credible figure with an untarnished international reputation, with properly trained monitors who know how to operate in such an environment.  Its size should be in the thousands to ensure it can cover all of the country.  The mission also has to be independent, with its own means of communications and ability to travel everywhere at any time.  It should also report in an open and transparent fashion, unafraid to point fingers at whichever parties commit atrocities."

"The other options are dangerous or limited. Military intervention would almost certainly make matters worse and, as we have seen, arming the opposition against a vastly superior force is a futile exercise against a regime prepared to use any and all means.  Kalashnikovs are no match for tanks and mortars, and all that has happened has been a huge increase in the deaths of civilians.  We must remember that the Assad regime was most threatened by large peaceful protests that led them to lose control of huge swathes of Syria. In the end there is no military exit from this crisis and from what is increasingly becoming a major civil war. The only solution is political.”

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12 February 2012

For further information please contact Chris Doyle on 07968 040291 doylec@caabu.org