Saturday, June 1, 2013

Syria: "little clarity"

"...Meanwhile, the debate over Syria shows little sign of resolution. Claimed new deliveries of sophisticated Russian weapons and the involvement of Hezbollah are fuelling fears in Washington that the conflict is spinning out of control. Urgent exchanges are underway with the Israelis. The NATO Secretary General is in Washington for consultations on the subject and calls to arm the Syrian opposition continue. For the moment, however, Obama remains focused on convening the proposed Geneva conference. As prospects for this dim, the question of arms will reassert itself over the coming weeks in a context where attendant violent reverberations in neighboring Lebanon and Iraq and growing tensions in Jordan provide little clarity for officials deliberating the way ahead. "

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