Syria: Former Belgian Prime Minister involved in arms deliveries

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Some days ago, General Selim Idris, Chief of Staff of the so called Free Syrian Army was in the European Parliament, where he was invited by Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister and leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats ‘for Europe’.

Idris said that his army needed the West to supply “weapons and ammunition” so that his forces can “defend themselves.”

He said that, if such support arrived, “The regime will collapse in a month.” He added that Syrians ‘supporting the rebellion’ didn’t understand why the West had an arms embargo.

“There is no real action,” he said.

He was supported by Guy Verhofstadt, who said that there was “a growing consensus in Europe that the Syrian conflict cannot go on interminably.” The Liberal leader also said that arms should be supplied “in order that you can defend yourselves.”

Photo 1: Verhofstadt and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi a few years ago.  Some years later Verhofstadt pleaded in european parliament on a demogogic way to agree with NATO-bombings on Libya.

Photo 2: Verhofstadt and some ‘Syrian rebels’ at the european parliament.

Photo 3: Verhofstadt invited Selim Idris, Chief of Staff of the so called Free Syrian Army, to european parliament.

 

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3 Reacties to “Syria: Former Belgian Prime Minister involved in arms deliveries”

  1. kruitvat Says:

    June 18th, 2012

    On June 12th, Control Arms coalition members Amnesty International and Pax Christi Flanders participated in a handover ceremony with Yasmine Kherbache of the Office of the Prime Minister of Belgium. As part of the event, the coalition members presented over 8,000 signatures of Belgian nationals that signed the global petition on the ATT and demanded their government support a treaty that prevents transfers of conventional weapons that may lead to serious violations of human rights or humanitarian law, acts of genocide, or crimes against humanity.

    http://controlarms.org/en/news/daily-feature-office-of-belgian-prime-minister-receives-att-petition-handover/

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    PS. Some days ago the European Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt said that arms should be supplied to General Selim Idris, Chief of Staff of the so called Free Syrian Army…

  2. kruitvat Says:

    Brussels,

    March 15, 2013

    EU resists lifting Syria arms embargo

    France and Britain hit a wall of opposition to lifting an EU arms embargo on Syrian rebels, as Germany and the bloc’s foreign policy chief warned it could further inflame the conflict and backfire against the west.

    The sceptical reaction, voiced by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Lady Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, reflected deep fears that arming the ‘rebels’ could exacerbate the violence in a conflict, while increasing the danger of heavy weapons falling into the hands of extremist groups.

    Mrs Merkel said she was open to further discussion of the embargo, which will be the focus of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Dublin next Friday.
    But, she added: “We have a number of reservations as regards arms exports even to the opposition because one has to ask oneself whether that doesn’t actually fan the flames of that conflict.”
    Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and the Czech Republic were all vehemently opposed to the idea, according to diplomats. Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg also expressed scepticism.
    In a particularly frustrating moment for Mr Cameron, Lady Ashton, the Labour-appointed British commissioner, presented leaders with a list of reasons not to challenge the embargo, including the risk of violence spilling over into neighbouring Lebanon.
    Only Slovenia, citing its experience in the Balkans, appeared to show some support, diplomats said.
    “The way things are looking today, I don’t see anyone dropping the arms embargo,” one EU official said.
    The two-day summit, which began on Thursday evening, was supposed to have been devoted to economic and budget struggles besetting the EU. But Mr Cameron, with a late assist from Mr Hollande, forced Syria onto the agenda.

    Under EU rules, it requires unanimous support from the 27-member bloc to change the embargo. But the UK and France could effectively kill it when it comes up for renewal on May 31 by declining to lend their support.

    “Europe can only play an effective role if it acts as one,” said Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister.
    Mr Cameron, who earlier this week threatened to “go it alone” on Syria, was more measured after the summit, telling reporters that the embargo debate was “the start of a process” and that Britain did not yet want to provide weapons to ‘rebels’.
    He stressed the importance of tweaks to the EU policy secured earlier this month that allow the UK to start training rebel forces under the auspices of “technical assistance”.
    “As things stand today, I’m not saying that Britain would like to supply arms to rebel groups,” he said. “What we want to do is work with them and try to make sure they are doing the right thing and with technical assistance [provisions] we are able to do that.”

  3. kruitvat Says:

    1 Sep 2010

    Tony Blair: George Bush did not recognise Belgian prime minister
    George W Bush did not recognise the prime minister of Belgium or understand why he was at a G8 meeting, Tony Blair has disclosed.

    In his new book, A Journey, Mr Blair writes that the former US president was confused by the presence of Guy Verhofstadt at the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa.
    “He didn’t know or recognise Guy, whose advice he listened to with considerable astonishment,” Mr Blair writes. “He then turned to me and whispered, ‘Who is this guy?’ ‘He is the prime minister of Belgium,’ I said.
    “Belgium? George said, clearly aghast at the possible full extent of his stupidity. ‘Belgium is not part of the G8’.”
    Mr Blair explained to Mr Bush that Mr Verhofstadt was there as “president of Europe”. Belgium held the presidency of the EU council at the time.
    Mr Bush responded: “You got the Belgians running Europe?” before shaking his head, “now aghast at our stupidity”, Mr Blair writes.

    Elsewhere in the book Mr Blair claims that the president held an uncomplicated view of international affairs.
    “George had immense simplicity in how he saw the world. Right or wrong it led to decisive leadership.”
    The former prime minister also suggests he was uneasy with Mr Bush’s 2002 State of the Union speech, in which he described Iran, Iraq, Syria and North Korea as an “axis of evil”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/tony-blair/7975240/Tony-Blair-George-Bush-did-not-recognise-Belgian-prime-minister.html

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