[News] US conspires with Turkey over militarized buffer zone following Syrian ceasefire
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Fri Apr 13 18:36:35 EDT 2012
US conspires with Turkey over militarized buffer
zone following Syrian ceasefire
By Chris Marsden
13 April 2012
Washington has made clear that the ceasefire
implemented Thursday is only a staging post in
its plan for regime change in Syria.
Using the G8 foreign ministers summit as its
platform, the Obama administration demanded that
the government of Bashir al-Assad comply with all
United Nations proposals to end conflict with
western-backed insurgents. On the very first day
of the ceasefire, Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton insisted that Assad was not complying
with other parts of the six-point plan drawn up
by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The
Annan plan is not a menu of options, it is a set of obligations, she declared.
The first official step to be taken is the
installation of UN monitors on the ground within
a matter of days, who will focus their attention
on any alleged breaches of the ceasefire by the
government while giving the opposition a free
pass. The burden of fully and visibly meeting
all of these obligations continues to rest with the regime, Clinton said.
But she added bluntly that the US wants regime
change and nothing less will do. We remain
firmly resolved that the regimes war against its
own people must end for good and political
transition must begin, she said. Assad will have to go.
Her sentiments were echoed by Frances President
Nicolas Sarkozy and UK Prime Minister David
Cameron, who said that Syria needed a transition
at the top to avoid civil war. British Foreign
Secretary William Hague had threatened Wednesday
that if a ceasefire is not upheld over the
we will want to return to the
Security Council in a new attempt to obtain a
resolution on Syria, we will intensify our support for the opposition.
The White House had earlier told the press that
President Barack Obama had spoken with German
Chancellor Angela Merkel and agreed on the need
for more resolute action by the UN Security
Council given that Merkel shared the concern
that the Assad government was not complying with
the terms of the agreement negotiated by Kofi
Annan and continued to engage in unacceptable
brutality against its own people.
In reality, the Western powers are funding and
directing the insurgency through the mechanism of
the Syrian National Council and the work on the
ground of their regional proxies, most notably Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Key to creating the basis for a military
intervention against Assad is providing a
regional imprimatura false flag that means the
US and NATO can work behind the scenes. The Arab
League, Ankara and the Gulf states are the
instruments through which this is to be done.
Turkey is host to the SNC leadership made up of
ex-regime elements, Islamists and CIA assets, and
its military wing, the Free Syrian Army. Many of
the attacks on Syrian security personnel and
other targets have been directly staged from
there. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funneling in
funds, weapons and fighters to the SNC.
Attention is now concentrated on setting up a
buffer zone on the Turkish border. This will
provide a bridgehead and base of operations for
the SNC and various covert operatives. More
importantly, its protection will be used to
legitimize a wider military deployment and aerial
attacks, as was carried out recently in Libya.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was
called upon to brief the G-8 on Turkey via video.
It is unclear whether or not he will have
broached the issue of a buffer zone. But he did
not need to. The Turkish media is awash with
reports that the government is in the process of
finalizing plans to seize Syrian territory by
force and create a buffer zone. Zaman reported
Monday that Turkey was considering whether to
invoke a 1998 agreement with Syria that would
sanction an armed intervention. The accord
included Syrias pledge not to undermine Turkeys security.
Clinton had spoken earlier by phone about a
buffer zone with Davutoglu. A State Department
official said, Turkey always said there were two
triggers for them on further involvement. One was
an overwhelming number of refugeesand they have
told us the number is continuing to spikeand
second is if the conflict bleeds across the
border. Whether what happens in recent days
constitutes this, we dont know yet.
In a statement also issued Monday, following a
small exchange of gunfire on the Turkish border,
Turkeys Foreign Ministry said, Syrian citizens
who took refuge in our country from the brutality
of the current regime in Syria are under Turkeys
full protection. We will certainly take necessary
measures if such incidents reoccur.
The Turkish government said on Tuesday that it
expects the UN Security Council to adopt a
decision that would include taking the necessary
measures to protect the Syrian people, because
Assad has failed to live up to his commitments.
However, the UN route towards military action is
problematic given the opposition of Russia and
China. Clinton met with Russian Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov on Thursday, but there has so far
been no sign of Moscow agreeing to UN-sponsored
action despite supporting Annans plan. It still
insists publicly that the onus is on the opposition to halt violence.
More significantly, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan gave an interview with the daily Hurriyet
in which he made an explicit call for NATO
backing of any Turkish action against Syria.
Against the violation of borders, a country has
rights that belong to norms of the international
law, he said. Moreover, on the basis of article
5 of the Atlantic Pact, NATO has the
responsibility to protect Turkish borders.
Making clear that the US is the major force being
appealed to, he added, Up until now, this norm
has been requested only once: it was requested by
the United States after the terrorist attacks on
11 September 2001 against the World Trade Center,
in New York, and against the Pentagon near Washington.
The invoking of 9/11 by Turkey must be taken as a
stark warning by the Syrian people and workers
throughout the world, given that it provided the
pretext for devastating wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Saudi Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul
Aziz also held talks on Syria at the Pentagon on
Wednesday. He met with Defense Secretary Leon
Panetta and General James Mattis, who as head of
US Central Command oversees troops in the Middle
East, according to the Saudi Embassy. He then
held talks with Obama in the Oval Office, after
which a White House spokesman said that the two
discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues.
Erdogan is to hold talks with King Abdullah in
Riyadh today, with Hurriyet reporting that
Erdogan will tell Abdullah that Arab countries
must take the lead in coordinated international
measures against the Syrian government.
US action against Syria is bound up with its
ongoing efforts to establish unchallenged global
hegemony. Alongside Syria, the G8 meeting also
discussed Iranthe indirect target of the
campaign to depose Assad and install a Sunni
regime beholden to Washington and allied with
Turkey and the Gulf Statesand North Korea, whose
planned ballistic missile test was described by
Clinton as pursuing a cycle of provocation.
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