Key countries expected to meet on Syria next week
A picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows the destruction of shops in the restive city of Homs following recent Syrian government bombardment.
April 13th, 2012
07:40 PM ET

Key countries expected to meet on Syria next week

By Elise Labott

As a shaky cease-fire holds on the ground in Syria, a meeting is shaping up for next week in Paris to discuss the crisis, diplomatic sources said.

The meeting is not a done deal, but is likely and could prove timely, because the situation on the ground in Syria could change significantly by then, the sources said. If the cease-fire in Syria holds, meeting discussions will need to include sending in international monitors.

The cease-fire is part of a six-point plan brokered by special international envoy Kofi Annan, which includes the release of detainees, access for humanitarian aid and international media, and rights for peaceful demonstrators. But the international community will need to consider next steps if violence breaks out again and Annan’s peace plan collapses, the sources said.

The meeting would come on the heels of a NATO meeting taking place Wednesday and Thursday in Brussels, Belgium, which several of the countries from the Friends of Syria group will attend. The Paris meeting would not be a formal meeting of the Friends of Syria, which includes more than 70 countries, but would likely involve about a dozen of what the sources called “like-minded nations.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would likely attend if the meeting took place, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

The meeting could take on political overtones in France, which is nearing an election. It would allow President Nicolas Sarkozy to demonstrate leadership before the start of voting on April 22. On Thursday, Sarkozy held a videoconference with U.S. President Barack Obama, in which the two “condemned the violence perpetrated by the regime against its own people and noted that the regime had yet to fully implement the agreement negotiated with Kofi Annan pursuant to the Annan plan,” according to a White House statement.

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  1. michael

    What and who will not be visible at meeting are the thousands of NGOs willing to HELP those opposition groups form a Government that will be eligible for all kinds of Loans, for Economic development, all at low interest of course! Just as in Afghan, Balkans US has a bunch of Syrian refugeed proffesionals who fouund cushy well paying jobs within Universitys, State Dept. and numerous think tanks willing to go back and lend a helping hand running the new Government, all their expences paid out of the American taxpayers generous pockets of course. How many know the way that the UN Gets paid to enter a nation? Donations? What a laugh, one way is as they did in the Balkans place a Tax on all imports and exports of the targeted nation.

    April 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  2. michael

    Who believes that that any thing less thana complete abdication of the present regime will result? There will be a small 2 or 3 members group representing Syrias goverment and accross from them will be judges and a jury that has alredy decided a penalty, either walk away and let the Syrian opposition groups tke over OR ELSE! The Syrian Gov has no friends outside of nation except Irans gov. The last time the US and UN toadys ganged up on Syria was during An assassination of a prominate Lebanon buisnessman and a charge leveled by US That han not one shred of evidence to back it up. US/Israel wanted Syria out of Lebanon and Syria left. Massive media blitz within US all leftys ganged up. Kofi an old Clinton School chum kissup from way back. Syrian regimes present leader was far more libeal than his father. But it is time to go. A supporter of US war on Iraq and Afghanistan and willing destination and do torturing of renditioned now no longer of any use.

    April 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
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