EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva sounds alarm on Syria while the European Union is one of the most important arms suppliers in Syria...
Brussels, December 7, 2012
'EU aid chief sounds alarm on Syria after 1,000 days of conflict'
Syria is facing "the most disastrous humanitarian crisis in decades," a senior European Union official warned Sunday, marking 1,000 days since the armed conflict began.
"One thousand days of violence which has resulted in tens of thousands of men, women and children losing their lives, millions being displaced in the country and beyond its borders in search of safety," EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said.
"One thousand days of death, fear, hardship, deprivation and despair. One thousand days in which we are witnessing the creation of a lost generation," she said.
Syria's conflict of nearly three years has left more than 100,000 dead and forced more than 3 million refugees to flee the country, according to United Nations estimates.
Long-awaited peace talks between the Damascus government and the Syrian opposition are expected to be held in Geneva on Jan. 22.
Georgieva said her hopes are "pinned" on the conference.
"In the meantime, I continue to reiterate my plea, and that of the entire international humanitarian community, for the parties involved in this terrible conflict to facilitate humanitarian access to all those in need," she said.
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Increasing European militarism
28.4.2003 - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA): 'Belgian PM says strong EU military will back its foreign Voice':
16.3.2011 - Verhofstadt on Libya: "The weak position of the EU makes me sick"‘
The weak position of the European Union makes me sick’:
14.12.2011 - Verhofstadt: "I am shocked by the lack of urgency to halt a massacre in Homs - we must take the same action as we did in Benghazi"
29.11.2013 - ALDE Group Leader Guy Verhofstadt: 'Today, the time has come to fight back'
While Belgium is delivering weapons to the so called rebels and Free Syrian Army in Syria, the EU warns about threat of foreign fighters in Syria...
'EU warns about threat of foreign fighters in Syria'
December 4, 2013
BRUSSELS — The European Union's anti-terror chief will tell EU interior ministers on Thursday about the "major security threat" that the increase of foreign fighters in Syria poses.
A note for the meeting from the office of EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove stresses that numbers of fighters traveling back and forth from Syria is increasing.
The note, obtained by The Associated Press, specifically calls for better use of airline passenger information available to security officials to keep track of when and how rebels move to Syria.
Such legislation remains stuck in the European Parliament, and could remain there for months to come, considering the furor over the revelations from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden about wholesale data-mining of EU citizens.
The note does not name the number of fighters traveling from the 28-member EU to Syria.
But the 11 western European countries with the biggest contingents in Syria are estimated to have some 1,200-1,700 people among rebel forces, according to government and analyst figures compiled by the AP for a story published Tuesday. That compares to estimates of 600-800 from those countries in late spring.
Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet organized an international gathering on the subject with a dozen counterparts on the eve of the EU meeting.
"We have to anticipate the returns (of fighters from Syria), the ways to handle this, the prevention measures and especially the exchange of information on the travels," she said.
Last month, the head of Britain's domestic spying agency said the intelligence service had seen "low hundreds of people" from Britain go to Syria and that some have since returned — stoking fears extremists could pose a domestic threat.
Some of them, said Britain's counter-terror chief Helen Ball on Wednesday, "decided to get themselves trained to use weapons or build bombs and engage in fighting".
"They are not some romantic freedom fighters," Ball said.
EU interior ministers will also be looking at ways to cooperate more closely with Syria's neighbor Turkey, through which most of the fighters move to get to the Syrian rebel camps.
"The EU should offer to assist Turkey in improving controls at borders and airports and should do more to help in preventing radicalization of individuals, especially in refugee camps," the note said.
A senior EU official, who demanded anonymity because of a sensitivity of the issue, said that beyond the fighters from the 28-nation EU, there were also some 500 from Balkan nations, highlighting the contribution from small nations like Bosnia and Kosovo.
"Kosovo has 80 to 100 for 2 million people," he said.
The official said the total number of EU fighters could be well above 1,000, bringing it roughly in line with the AP assessment.
The EU-based rebels are drawn by recruiters arranging travel and comfortable lodging. They instill militant Islam that EU security officials see as a potent threat once the fighters return home.
"There are cases where individuals continue traveling back and forth," the note for the ministers said. Rebels are often seen as heroes to a small section of youths upon return, making them ideal to further foster recruitment.
Associated Press writer Cassandra Vinograd contributed to this report from London.
Photo 1: U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers, left is welcomed by Belgium's Interior Minister Joelle Milquet at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013. Milquet organized a meeting with the interior ministers from the Netherlands, France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Australia, Canada and the U.S. to discuss the problem of foreign fighters in Syria and the impact on homeland security.
Photo 2 and 3: European Parliament - Former Belgian Prime Minister and president of the group ALDE of the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, promising weapons to the so called rebels and Free Syrian Army.
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March 14, 2013 - Weapons for Syrian 'rebels' - Verhofstadt: 'EU should follow French and UK lead and rethink arms embargo on Syria':
July 2, 2013 - 'The Saudi-Qatari Clash Over Syria':
Saudi Arabia and the United States are working closely together to bolster Syrian rebels seeking the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, reviving in the process an earlier model of covert military cooperation from the 1980s that successfully drove the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan.
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December 4, 2013
Terrorists killed, dens stormed in Damascus and its Countryside
An official source told SANA that the army units killed dozens of terrorists in a series of operations against them in the areas of al-Nabek and Yabroud, adding that terrorists Mohammad Naseef and Muhannad Ashour were identified among the dead.
The source added that the army also targeted terrorists in the areas of Douma and Harasta and the farms of Il'ab, al-Abbada and Alya, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, among them were Aref al-Hajjeh, Mohammad al-Sa'our, Hisham Kabreta and Issam Sweidan.
The army units targeted and killed many terrorists in operations in the areas of Joubar and Saqba, terrorist Mohammad al-Ma'touq was identified among the dead.
In Damascus southern countryside, the army killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weaponry and munitions in the areas of Yalda and Daraya, among the killed terrorists were Raslan al-Biqa'e and Adnan Tayyara.
An army unit targeted and destroyed a terrorists' hideout in the city of al-Zabadani, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their weapons and ammunition, among the killed terrorists were Mohammad Amer and Ahmad Khayto.
Meanwhile, the army clashed with terrorists in the neighborhoods of al-Qaboun and Barzeh and killed scores of them.
Army eliminates terrorists, destroys their weapons in Hasaka
Army units killed scores of terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammunition in Khrab Askar and Khirbet al-Sad villages in Hasaka countryside.
An official source told SANA that the army units killed 6 terrorists in Tal Steih in Qamishli countryside and destroyed their car which was equipped with a heavy machinegun.
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1) FN Herstal Belgium
2) Former Belgian Prime Minister and President of the European Liberal Democrats Guy Verhofstadt pleading for weapons supplies. Verhofstadt: “The time for peace talks in Syria is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should”.
3) Guy Verhofstadt together with general Idris of the so called Free Syrian Army, after an agreement for arms supplies
4) Bomb attack in Syria
5) Bomb attack in Syria
6) Sharia4Belgium that had been recruiting and sending terrorists to Syria under the name of "jihadists"
7) Bomb attack in Boston
Oxfam reaction to EU failure to extend arms embargo on Syria beyond August
28th May 2013
EU Foreign Ministers failed last night to extend the EU arms embargo on Syria as it stands. They
decided, however, not to lift it before August 1st and set a number of conditions.
In reaction, Oxfam’s Head of Arms Control, Anna Macdonald, said:
“Oxfam is disappointed that the EU will not extend its arms embargo on Syria as it stands. Ministers sent out mixed signals. What was needed was an unequivocal stance that the EU will do everything it can to stop the bloodshed and prevent a deadly arms race in Syria, which would have devastating humanitarian consequences.”
“We welcome the EU’s willingness to prioritise the pursuit of a political solution and its strong commitment for human rights and international humanitarian law. However, European governments should be using their influence to secure a halt to international arms transfers from all governments to any warring party in Syria.”
“This decision does not give the green light to any member states who want to supply arms to groups in Syria. As clearly laid out in the EU Common Position on Arms Transfers, any transfers must be subject to full risk assessment procedures against the risks of arms being used for violations of human rights and humanitarian law.”
Oxfam has been advocating to bring the arms trade under control for more than a decade and played a crucial role in the campaign to secure a robust Arms Trade Treaty. Under the new treaty – which was passed by majority vote at the UN in April this year and opens for signature next week on June 3 – arms transfers must not be authorised where there is a major risk the weapons will be used to commit violations of human rights or international humanitarian law. Both European countries and all other 156 states that voted in favour of this landmark treaty need to live up to its principles.
Photo: Guy Verhofstadt and his mentor, Willy Declercq
Willy De Clercq (8 July 1927 – 28 October 2011) was a Belgian liberal politician.
After his law and notariat studies at the University of Ghent and a scholarship at Syracuse University (Syracuse, United States), De Clerq became a lawyer at the Court of appeal in Ghent and a professor at Ghent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Although he could have had a successful career in law, he got into politics. He was member of the Liberal youth and was elected municipal councillor and member of parliament.
De Clercq served in various coalition governments. He was secretary of state for the budget (1960–1961), deputy prime minister and minister of the budget from 1966 to 1968, deputy prime minister and minister of Finances in 1973–1974, minister of Finances in 1974–1977 and deputy prime minister in 1980.
De Clercq served as president of various international monetary instances and as president of the then liberal party PVV. He served for a term as a member of the European Commission (1985–1989). Moreover he became Minister of State in 1985. From 1989 to 2004 he was a member of the European Parliament.
In 2003, he created together with other prominent European personalities the Medbridge Strategy Center, whose goal is 'to promote dialogue and mutual understanding between Europe and the Middle-East.'
In the 21 July 2006 honours, Willy De Clercq and his wife, Fernande Fazzi, were both separately ennobled in the rank of 'viscount'.
Photo: Verhofstadt; Jacques Delors, Founding President of ‘Notre Europe’ and Etienne Davignon.
Guy Verhofstadt dreams of a federal European superstate: “A federal EU is the only option. The EU should have its own president, foreign minister, army and prosecutor” – Verhofstadt on Lybia: “The weak position of the EU makes me sick” – Verhofstadt on Syria: “The time for peace talks is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should.”
In 2004, Verhofstadt was suggested as a candidate to replace Romano Prodi as the next President of the European Commission.
In the 2009 European Parliament election, he was elected a member of the European Parliament for the term 2009–2014. He also has been put forward as the possible candidate for replacing José Manuel Barroso as the president of the European Commission by a coalition of greens, socialists and liberals.
On July 1, 2009 he was elected President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in the European Parliament.
Verhofstadt is also a member of the Club de Madrid, an organization of more than 80 former statesmen. The group works to promote ‘democratic governance and leadership worldwide’.
Since 2012 is Verhofstadt a Board Member of the Brussels-based, Brussels-quoted Sofina holding (petroleum gas and oil platforms). He can look forward to a fee which is in line with that of the other directors, who last year received an amount between 42.000 134.000 euros. The Belgian industrialist Viscount Etienne Davignon is Honorary Director of Sofina.
Current directorships and offices held by Davignon: Chairman of Compagnie Maritime Belge, Compagnie des Wagons-Lits, Recticel, Sibeka, SN Airholding and Palais des Beaux-Arts (Belgium), Vice-Chairman of SUEZ-TRACTEBEL (Belgium), Director of Accor (France), Cumerio, Real Software, SN Brussels Airlines (Belgium), and Gilead (United States).
He is Chairman of the Bilderberg Group and of CSR Europe.
According to the Suez website, Davignon holds 11,111 Suez shares, which are currently worth more than 350,000 euro.
Verhofstadt pleads actually for supply of heavy weapons to the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’. It is part of Verhofstadt’s idea of a Greater Europe with its own army. On 20 February 2009 the European Parliament voted in favour of the creation of Synchronised Armed Forces Europe (SAFE) as a first step towards a true European military force. SAFE will be directed by an EU directorate, with its own training standards and operational doctrine. There are also plans to create an EU “Council of Defence Ministers” and “a European statute for soldiers within the framework of Safe governing training standards, operational doctrine and freedom of operational action”.
Photo: Chief of Staff of the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ Gen. Salim Idris addresses the media after he discussed the situation in Syria with Guy Verhofstadt, right, at the European Parliament in Brussels, March 6, 2013. Verhofstadt pleads for supply of heavy weapons to Idris but a number of reports indicate that Verhofstadt lies and that the weapons were already delivered…
June 15 2012 – ‘US holds high-level talks with Syrian rebels seeking weapons in Washington’:
February 23, 2013 – ‘In Syria, new influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Assad’:
February 24, 2013 – Syria. Saudis supply heavy weapons to so-called ‘moderate rebels’:
March 28, 2013 – ‘Saudi heavy weapons supply to Syrian rebels breaks up Arab summit in uproar’: