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MENAFN - Arab News - 15/08/2012

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(MENAFN - Arab News) The Syrian opposition members in Cairo hope that the Makkah Islamic Solidarity Summit initiated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah will be successful in ending serious issues that even the UN Security Council failed to solve. Such major issues included the current bloodshed in Syria, the Israeli violations of Palestinian rights and the persecution of the Muslims in Myanmar.

The Syrians called on the participating Muslim leaders to move on with a strong will away from any other political considerations so that are successful in putting an end to the Palestinian and Syrian issues.

Member of the Syrian Revolutionary Youth organization Mulhem Al-Khon said the Syrian people are looking at the Islamic summit as the last hope to end the blood baths in their country. "Syrians are massacred on a daily basis while the rest of the world looks on. We call on the summit to take steps to end the extermination of the Syrian people first and then think about the other political matters," Al-Khon said.

A young Syrian woman activist Muruj Al-Baqae demanded the summit to take steps to protect civilians in Syrian towns and cities at any cost.
"The decisions of the Muslim leaders at the summit should guarantee results to tackle the crisis. It should not be a ploy to run away from the prick of conscience that they might feel if they did not do anything to help the Syrian people," she said.

She believed that there are only two options in the Syrian issue for participants in the summit in the matter of Syria.

Either to systematically arm the Free Syrian Army (FSA) or ensure the protection of civilians with NATO intervention just as it intervened to stop the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia.

Wael Tartous, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Syrian Revolution in Cairo said the summit is an opportunity for the leaders to assert themselves when finding solutions for Islamic or Arab issues without waiting for the decisions of the outside world, Al-Madinah newspaper reported on Tuesday.
"Resolving the Syrian crisis topped the Saudi priorities since the break out of the revolution in March 2011. The Kingdom has been striving its best to end the Syrian crisis," an expert on Syrian affairs at the Cairo-based Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies Mahmoud Abul Qassim said in a statement.

Abul Qassim said King Abdullah contacted President Bashar Assad on telephone at that time to stress the need to launch reforms in line with the legitimate demands of the people and not to quell the revolution with violence.

"But he did not listen to the king. When the Syrian situation worsened the Kingdom and other Gulf Cooperation council countries were compelled to look for other ways to stop the aggravation of the situation and to limit regional and international consequences of the crisis. Efforts have been made in the Arab League besides creating an international stance to bring a quick end to the crisis," he added.

On the other hand, Assad with the support of some regional and international powers, strengthened his obdurate stand against all the efforts for peace, he said.


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