Qatar criticizes EU for not easing arms embargo on Syria militants

Qatar criticizes EU for not easing arms embargo on Syria militants
# 19 February 2013 19:50 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Qatar has criticized the European Union for refusing to exempt militants fighting against the Damascus government from an arms embargo against Syria, APA reports quoting Press TV.

Describing the move as a wrong decision, Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani said on Tuesday that his country is ready to supply the militants operating inside Syria with whatever they need, including arms.

His remarks came a day after the 27-member bloc renewed its sanctions against Syria for another three months, which include an arms embargo that applies to both the government of President Bashar Assad and the militants.

Qatari prime minister's call for arming militants in Syria and continuation of a civil war in the country comes while his own country lacks democracy with power transfer being hereditary in the monarchy and no free elections ever been held.

The Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani came to power in 1995 through a coup d'état against his father.

Damascus has repeatedly accused Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey of fueling the unrest in the country by funding and arming terrorist groups.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government has said that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and that a very large number of the militants operating in the country are foreign nationals.

Several international human rights organizations have accused foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.

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