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Berlin summons Syrian ambassador

The Local · 23 Dec 2011, 08:21

Published: 23 Dec 2011 08:21 GMT+01:00

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"The brutal acts by the security forces against the Syrian population are absolutely unacceptable and a flagrant violation of Syria's agreement with the Arab League," said Boris Ruge, in charge of Middle East affairs at the foreign ministry.

"Given the crimes that have come out into the open, everyone should be asking himself if he can morally serve such a regime," he said in a statement.

The Germany government will continue to exert pressure on President Bashar al-Assad's regime to meet its international obligations, the statement said.

Germany's move came as an Arab League team was headed to Syria to launch an observer mission to oversee a plan to end the nine months of bloodshed after the opposition accused regime forces of "massacring" hundreds in two days.

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08:55 December 23, 2011 by Englishted
First Libya ,now this they must be quaking in their sandels
13:12 December 23, 2011 by bobmarchiano
Germans like to deal with the devil

Iran being one of them.
17:52 December 23, 2011 by carlm
Atrocities like those occurring in Syria today mean little or nothing to liberal Europeans and the leadership of Syria knows it. You'd think that after all Europe has been through in the last century they'd have some principles, but they don't. What a disgrace.
17:56 December 23, 2011 by raandy
carlm, come on , the Europeans have principals and if you don't like those they got others.
19:26 December 23, 2011 by Englishted

What would you have the Europeans do?
19:59 December 23, 2011 by carlm

Maybe the Europeans could stop doing business with the Syrians. I suspect Syria's economy is a shambles, like all other dictatorships, and they buy a significant amount of stuff from Europe, probably most from Germany. They probably also do a lot of financial business in Europe.

I'm no expert, but I'm sure Europe/Germany could make life difficult for Syria if they wanted to. But they don't, they just like to shoot their mouths off now and then for appearance sake, to clear their conscience - what little they have. And then when things get really nasty, they'll ask the US to do the dirty work. Some things never change.
08:11 December 24, 2011 by Englishted

Many of your points are valid ,but don't you remember the dictators the U.S.A. imposed and supported in the past,many in the middle east and south America it could be said they still are .

The U.S. did some "dirty work" by supplying arms and know how to some well known terrorist groups .

So you are correct " Some things never change" lets hope they do soon.

Merry Christmas to all .
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