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  אדר ב 23, 5774 , 25/03/14

Kuwait Summit Starts with Call to Arm Syrian Rebels

An Arab League summit kicked off Tuesday in Kuwait with a call by the head of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmed Jarban for "sophisticated" arms, while Saudi Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed the need for a change in military balance to "end the impasse", according to Agence France Presse. Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani accused the Syrian government of lying in "pretending to accept a political solution" but was in fact "buying time".

United Nations peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi insisted, however, on the need for a "political solution" to the conflict, urging an "end to the supply of arms to all parties". Calling on Europe, the United Nations and the United States "to take clear steps to reactivate the Geneva talks," Brahimi stressed "There is no military solution." He had said on Monday that a further round of talks was "out of the question for the time being".

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