NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tennis players rarely talk about international conflicts, preferring to play it safe by limiting their comments to serves and volleys.
But the possibility of air strikes against Syria has recalled some painful memories for Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic, who broke from their usual routine at the U.S. Open to talk about their personal experiences with war.
Until the world community takes decisive action against Syria, Bashar Al-Assad's regime will continue mass murders, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, the Sabah newspaper reported on Monday.
"Worldwide decisions are in the hands of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, and it is - anti-democratic," he said.
What do I think? Common sense speaks for itself. Syrian government troops are on the offensive. In some regions they have encircled the rebels. Under these conditions, the idea of giving a trump card to those who are constantly calling for foreign military intervention is utter nonsense. It is not logical in the least; especially when it [the attack] coincides with the day UN inspectors arrived.
Therefore I am convinced that [the chemical attack] is nothing more than a provocation by those who want to drag other countries into the Syrian conflict, and who want the support of powerful members of the international community, especially the United States. I have no doubt about this.
As for the position of our American colleagues and friends who claim that government forces have used weapons of mass destruction, in this case chemical weapons, and that they have evidence thereof: let them present it to UN inspectors and the Security Council. Claims that proof exists, but that it is classified and cannot be shown to anyone are beneath criticism.
audi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal made his comments on Sunday as the United States awaits a final decision on strikes against the Syrian government for an alleged chemical gas attack that killed hundreds of civilians.
"We call upon the international community with all its power to stop this aggression against the Syrian people," Faisal said in Cairo, where he was attending a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers to discuss Syria.
On the prospect of a US strike, he said: "We stand by the will of the Syrian people. They know best their interests, so whatever they accept, we accept, and whatever they refuse, we refuse."
The report added that “Saudi officials declined to comment on the exchange”.
No official reaction has been issued by Doha, but Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiyah shot back in a Twitter message, saying "one Qatari citizen is worth an entire people and the Qatari people are equal to an entire nation".
"This is what we tell our sons, with all respect to the others," he added.
AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, sources who attended the meeting...
Obama knows his Syria scam is being rejected by the world and by Conservative America! Obama's popularity rating is in the sewer. His obvious international strategy is now well known for its lies and fraudulent acts that have supported the terrorist organization THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WHICH IS ALLIGNED WITH THE EVIL AL QUEADA ORGANIZATION. Speaking to journalists in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok, Mr Putin urged Mr Obama - as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate - to think about future victims in Syria before using force. He said it was ridiculous to suggest the Syrian government was to blame for the attack, calling it a "provocation by those who want to drag other countries into the Syrian conflict". "Syrian government troops are on the offensive and have surrounded the opposition in several regions," he said. "In these conditions, to give a trump card to those who are calling for a military intervention is utter nonsense." Russia's Vladimir Putin challenges US on Syria claims He said that the US failure to present evidence to the international community was "simply disrespectful". "If there is evidence it should be shown. If it is not shown, then there isn't any," he said.
"A method of the protection of the civilian population by harming it even more is unacceptable for us. We remember tragic events relating to unlawful application of force against Yugoslavia. Then civilians were "protected" the same way in Iraq and Libya. And a vivid example of such protection is Afghanistan where drones and international forces aviation cause hundreds of deaths among the civilian population of the country, including women and children," Dolgov said.
"It’s inhuman to consider civilians killed during military operations as collateral damage," he added.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that a 'regime of secrecy' by the West is unacceptable with regard to Syria and evidence of the use of chemical weapons there. Information sharing is a must.
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